The Branch County Fair will honor the 2020 Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) for the 2021 Fair. Exhibitors/Parents/Leaders MUST download/print each certificate prior to its expiration date (1 year following the training date: for example, earned on 02/17/2020 would expire on 02/17/2021, and would need printed before February 17th, 2021.) New livestock exhibitors and those who do not have a printed copy of the certificate in hand for the 2021 premium entry day MUST take the class for the 2021 Fair year. This ONLY applies to the 2021 Branch County Fair! This also includes the Horse Only Welfare course for equine exhibitors.
NO SPRING WEIGH IN OF LIVESTOCK FOR 2020
This Includes sheep, goats, swine, and starter calves.
Sheep, goats, starter calves, and swine will be TAGGED IN on Fair entry day Aug 8, 2020. BCF ear tags (and swine N.E.U.S. tags if needed) will be attached during weigh in, during designated times for each specie as listed in the fair book.
All other animals MUST arrive with RFID/Scrapes tags attached; horns under the prescribed length for that species etc; or the animal WILL BE turned away, (sent home).
Health: Veterinarian inspection WILL continue at the arrival gate.
Make SURE your animals are healthy!
No rate of gain for 2020 for sheep, goats, starter calves, and swine.
Starter Calves: MUST weigh 260 pounds or more on fair entry day. (NEW)
Will receive Inforce 3 nasal vaccine upon arrival. Please pay $2 per animal. Highly suggested to be vaccinated prior to purchase!
Sheep, goats, and swine have minimum fair week weights listed in the fair book.
Beef Rate of Gain will be considered Optional. Will continue with awards- a minimum rate of gain will not be enforced.
From the Small Animal Department:
Market Rabbits, Breeding Rabbits and Cavies will be tattooed on entry day at the fair, IF needed. There will be NO July 8th tattooing session.
April 23, 2020:
The Branch County Fair Board is moving forward with its plans for the upcoming 2020 fair August 9 through 15. There will be no 4-H at the fair this year do to MSU Extension no face to face until September 1. How ever all youth exhibitors and groups that are showing all livestock,horses,and still craft exhibits at the fair will be considered youth open class. Any youth will be allowed to show at Branch County Fair as long as they meet the fairs guidelines and deadlines dates, please refer to branchfair.com for more information. We as a board are working very hard to make sure that our youth and community have a 2020 fair. As you know things have changed very quickly this year but we will keep everyone up dated on any changes. Please visit or Facebook and website for updated information. Thank you for your support and patience.
Stay safe and healthy
April 4, 2020:
It is the goal of the Branch County Fair Board to have a fair in 2020 for our youth.
We know there are many concerns with the article that MSU Extension released yesterday suspending any face to face events until September 1, 2020. Branch County Fair is not a 4H fair, it is an independent association. Please be patient as we collect the details and options available for our 2020 fair.
Please periodically check our website and Facebook for updates.
Thank you for being patient as we are working in uncharted territory with this COVID-19 virus.
Stay home, Stay safe.
March 30, 2020:
Even in this uncertain time, the Fair Board is still moving ahead for plans for the 2020 Fair with the theme: “American Flare at the Branch County Fair”.
We encourage exhibitors to continue their plans for their livestock/ animal projects. We are following State and National Guidelines to keep us all safe and will keep you informed of any changes that will affect our youth events.
Jan Murphy, Fair Manager
Keith Bildner, President