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2024 New York State Fair Competitions

  • Enter Open Competitions online

  • Enter Youth/4-H competitions online - coming soon!

  • Additional competition rules and entry links located next to rule books per department further down on the page 

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In New York State, our competitive spirit is a big part of who we are – and few places is it more evident than at the New York State Fair. Each year, thousands of participants cater to their competitive side by entering in competitions spanning a full range of categories including culinary, fine arts, photography, livestock and more. From delicious desserts, champion cattle or historic antique tractors, the Fair hosts competitions for nearly every interest and age group. Whether it’s a premium cash prize, a coveted blue ribbon, or just good old-fashioned bragging rights at stake, we wish you the best of luck!

All Exhibitors entering a State Fair Competition must have a State Financial System (SFS) number to process any potential premium payments. Please review this SFS Reference Guide for details on how to register to get a SFS number, or to verify information for an existing account.

  • You can only enter a competition online by clicking the "Enter Online" link from those competitions below.
  • All entries must be received online before 12:00 midnight on the specified competition deadline date.
  • All materials and dates are subject to change.
  • If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us by email at nysfairentrydepartment@agriculture.ny.gov or you can call 315-728-4383 or 315-728-4426.

 

Page Last Updated: June 21, 2024 | 11:25 am


 

Agricultural - Farm Products

Amateur Wine

Form/File Deadline Enter Online
Amateur Wine Rules & Regulations Download May 31, 2024 Closed
Amateur Wine Classes Download - -
Amateur Wine Shipping and Entry Form Download - -
Amateur Wine Bottle Label Download - -
Amateur Wine Drop Points Download - -

Commercial Conventional and Organic Fruit, Vegetable & Honey Products

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Commercial Conventional and Organic Fruit, Vegetable, Honey Products Rules & Classes - - -

Conventional Forage & Grain

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Conventional Forage and Grain Rules & Classes - - -

Agricultural - Horse Shows

Draft Horse Show

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Animal Health Requirements & Guidelines - - -
Arrival & Departure Schedule - - -
Livestock Arrival Routes & Release Zones Maps - - -
Draft Horse Show Prize List - - -

Horse Pulling Championships

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Animal Health Requirements & Guidelines - - -
Arrival & Departure Schedule - - -
Livestock Arrival Routes & Release Zones Maps - - -
Horse Pulling Championships Prize List - - -

NBHA Barrel Race Show

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Animal Health Requirements & Guidelines - - -
Arrival & Departure Schedule - - -
Livestock Arrival Routes & Release Zones Maps - - -
NBHA Barrel Spectacular Information - - -
No online entries for this competition

Agricultural - Livestock

Beef Cattle

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Beef Cattle Rules, Regulations & Classes Download August 2, 2024 Enter Online
Animal Health Requirements & Guidelines - - -
Arrival & Departure Schedule Download - -
Livestock Arrival Routes & Release Zones Maps Download - -
Note that there will be no late Beef Cattle entries for 2024

Dairy Cattle

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Dairy Cattle Information, Rules, Regulations & Classes Download August 5, 2024 Enter Online
Animal Health Requirements & Guidelines - - -
Arrival & Departure Schedule Download - -
Livestock Arrival Routes & Release Zones Maps Download - -
Note that there will be no late Dairy Cattle entries for 2024

Dairy Goats

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Dairy Goat Rules, Regulations & Classes Download July 19, 2024 Enter Online
American Dairy Goat Association Show Rules Download - -
Animal Health Requirements & Guidelines - - -
Arrival & Departure Schedule Download - -
Livestock Arrival Routes & Release Zones Maps Download - -

Llamas

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Llama Rules & Classes Download July 31, 2024 Enter Online
Animal Health Requirements & Guidelines - - -
Arrival & Departure Schedule Download - -
Livestock Arrival Routes & Release Zones Maps Download - -

Meat Goats

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Animal Health Requirements & Guidelines - - -
Arrival & Departure Schedule - - -
Livestock Arrival Routes & Release Zones Maps - - -
Meat Goats Rules, Regulations & Classes - - -

Sheep

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Animal Health Requirements & Guidelines - - -
Arrival & Departure Schedule - - -
Livestock Arrival Routes & Release Zones Maps - - -
Sheep Rules, Regulations & Classes - - -

Swine

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Animal Health Requirements & Guidelines - - -
Arrival & Departure Schedule - - -
Livestock Arrival Routes & Release Zones Maps - - -
Swine Rules, Regulations & Classes - - -

Wool

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Wool Rules & Classes - - -
Fleece to Shawl Rules & Classes - - -

Agricultural Education FFA

Agricultural Education FFA

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FFA State Fair Rules & Entry Information - - -
FFA State Fair CDE Schedule - - -
FFA State Fair Participation Form - - -
FFA State Fair Agricultural Education Voucher - - -

Antique Tractors

Antique Tractors

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Antique Tractor Rules & Regulations Download August 5, 2024 Enter Online

Art & Home Center

Arts & Crafts

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Arts & Crafts Rules and Classes Download July 29, 2024 Enter Online
Art & Home Center General Rules and Regulations Download - -
Art & Home Center Exhibitor Schedule Download - -
Art & Home Center Shipping Form & Entry Label Download - -
Arts & Crafts No Photo Consent Form Download - -
Arts & Crafts Quilt Display Example Download - -

Arts & Crafts - County Fairs

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County Fair Competition Information Download August 20, 2024 -
Art & Home Center General Rules and Regulations Download - -
Art & Home Center Exhibitor Schedule Download - -
County Fair Exhibitor Information Sheet Download - -
County Fair Shipping Form & Entry Label Download - -
Note there are no online entries for this competition. All entries MUST be forwarded by the sponsoring county fair to qualify and must be at New York State Fair by August 20.

Bucket of Junk

Form/File Deadline Enter Online
Bucket of Junk Rules & Class Download July 29, 2024 Enter Online
Art & Home Center General Rules and Regulations Download - -
Art & Home Center Exhibitor Schedule Download - -
Note that this competition is limited to 15 entries. Materials for this competition must be picked up on August 1-3 from 9am-3pm at the Wegmans Art & Home Center office at the NYS Fairgrounds.

Culinary

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Culinary Rules, Regulations & Classes Download August 2, 2024 Enter Online
Culinary Recipe Template Form Download - -
Culinary Competitions Schedule Download - -
Art & Home Center General Rules and Regulations Download - -
Art & Home Center Shipping Form & Entry Label Download - -

Fine Arts

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Fine Arts Rules & Classes Download July 29, 2024 Enter Online
Art & Home Center General Rules and Regulations Download - -
Art & Home Center Exhibitor Schedule Download - -
Art & Home Center Shipping Form & Entry Label Download - -
Fine Arts Display Example Download - -

Photography

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Photography Rules & Classes Download July 29, 2024 Enter Online
Art & Home Center General Rules and Regulations Download - -
Art & Home Center Exhibitor Schedule Download - -
Art & Home Center Shipping Form & Entry Label Download - -
Photography Consent Form Download - -
Photography Display Example Download - -

Poetry

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Poetry Rules & Classes Download July 29, 2024 Enter Online
Art & Home Center General Rules and Regulations Download - -
Art & Home Center Exhibitor Schedule Download - -

Dairy Products

Dairy Products

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Dairy Products (Cheese & Culture entries) Information, Rules, Regulations & Classes Download May 20, 2024 Closed
Dairy Products (Ice Cream entries) Information, Rules, Regulations & Classes Download June 24, 2024 Enter Online

Flower Show

Artistic Design

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Artistic Design Rules, Regulations & Classes Download August 21, 2024 Enter Online
Flower Show General Exhibitor Rules & Information Download - -
Flower Show Entry Tags & Entry List Form Download - -

CNY Gladiolus Society Show

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CNY Gladiolus Society Show Rules & Classes Download August 3, 2024 Enter Online
Flower Show General Exhibitor Rules & Regulations Download - -
Flower Show Entry Tags & Entry List Form Download - -

Container Grown Plants

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Container Grown Plants Rules & Classes Download August 3, 2024 Enter Online
Flower Show General Exhibitor Rules & Regulations Download - -
Flower Show Entry Tags & Entry List Form Download - -

Dahlias

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Dahlias Rules & Classes Download August 3, 2024 Enter Online
Flower Show General Exhibitor Rules & Regulations Download - -
Flower Show Entry Tags & Entry List Form Download - -

Garden Flowers

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Garden Flowers Rules & Classes Download August 3, 2024 Enter Online
Flower Show General Exhibitor Rules & Regulations Download - -
Flower Show Entry Tags & Entry List Form Download - -

Garden Fruits & Vegetables

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Garden Fruits & Vegetables Rules & Classes Download August 3, 2024 Enter Online
Flower Show General Exhibitor Rules & Information Download - -
Flower Show Entry Tags & Entry List Form Download - -

Gladiolus Show

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Gladiolus Show Rules & Classes Download August 3, 2024 Enter Online
Flower Show General Exhibitor Rules & Regulations Download - -
Flower Show Entry Tags & Entry List Form Download - -

Hosta Cut Leaf Show

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Hosta Cut Leaf Show Rules & Classes Download August 3, 2024 Enter Online
Flower Show General Exhibitor Rules & Regulations Download - -
Flower Show Entry Tags & Entry List Form Download - -

Rose Show

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Rose Show Rules & Classes Download August 3, 2024 Enter Online
Flower Show General Exhibitor Rules & Regulations Download - -
Flower Show Entry Tags & Entry List Form Download - -

Trees & Shrubs and Ornamental Grasses & Grass-Like Plants Show

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Trees & Shrubs and Ornamental Grasses & Grass-Like Plants Show Rules, Regulations & Classes Download August 3, 2024 Enter Online
Flower Show General Exhibitor Rules & Regulations Download - -
Flower Show Entry Tags & Entry List Form Download - -

Iroquois Indian Village

Iroquois Indian Village

Form/File Deadline Enter Online
Iroquois Indian Village Rules, Regulations & Classes Download August 20, 2024 -
Entry applications available through the Six Nations Agricultural Society. For more info contact Suzanne Holton at 716.542.2264.

Poultry, Pigeons, Rabbits & Cavies

Cavies

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Cavies Catalog - Rules & Regulations - - -
Cavies Classes - - -

Pigeons

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Pigeons Rules, Regulations & Classes Download August 2, 2024 Enter Online

Poultry

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Poultry Rules, Regulations & Classes - - -

Rabbits

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Rabbits Catalog - Rules & Regulations - - -
Rabbits Classes - - -

Talent Showcase

Talent Showcase

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Talent Showcase Information & Rules - - -
To enter the Talent Showcase, an individual must first compete and be one of the top 5 winners in a County Fair Mini or Maxi Talent Show. You may compete at any County Fair if the county you reside in does not have a competition, you must however, be a resident of New York State. An individual cannot compete in more than one county fair. It is at the discretion of each county fair whether or not to accept individuals that reside in another county. The deadline for entering is August 23. Upon winning, and if you are eligible, the County Fair Talent Show Chairperson will forward the appropriate paperwork to the New York State Fair. If you need information on finding the Talent Show in your county, please refer to this website - www.nyfairs.org/fairs_by_date.htm

Youth Building Exhibits

Youth Building Exhibits

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Youth Building General Information & Rules - - -
Youth Department Schedule - - -
To Request a Youth Dormitory Form or Youth Dormitory Exception Form, please email Adam Davis at adamdavis@cornell.edu

Youth Livestock

NYS 4-H Beef Cattle

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Youth Beef Cattle Premium Book - - -
Youth Animal Science Schedule - - -
Arrival & Departure Schedule - - -
Livestock Arrival & Release Zone Maps - - -

NYS 4-H Dairy Cattle

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Youth Dairy Cattle Premium Book - - -
Youth Animal Science Schedule - - -
Youth Dairy Cattle Judging Schedule - - -
Youth Dairy Challenge Pre-Entry Form - - -
Youth Dairy Cattle Judging Pre-Entry Form - - -
Youth Dairy Cattle Exhibitor Letter & Entry Information - - -
Arrival & Departure Schedule - - -
Livestock Arrival & Release Zone Maps - - -

NYS 4-H Dog Show

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NYS 4-H Dog Show Premium Book - - -
Youth Animal Science Schedule - - -

NYS 4-H Goats

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Youth Goat Premium Book - - -
Youth Goat Entry Form - - -
Youth Goat Exhibitor Letter - - -
Youth Animal Science Schedule - - -
Arrival & Departure Schedule - - -
Livestock Arrival & Release Zone Maps - - -

NYS 4-H Horse Show

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Youth Horse Premium Book - - -
Youth Animal Science Schedule - - -
NYS 4-H Horse Program Equine Show Rule Book - - -
NYS 4-H Horse Program Educational Events Rule Book - - -
Arrival & Departure Schedule - - -
Horse Show Arrival & Release Zone Maps - - -

NYS 4-H Livestock

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NYS 4-H Livestock Skillathon - - -
NYS 4-H Livestock Judging Contest - - -
Youth Animal Science Schedule - - -

NYS 4-H Poultry

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NYS 4-H Poultry Premium Book - - -
Youth Animal Science Schedule - - -

NYS 4-H Poultry Science

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NYS 4-H Poultry Science Premium Book - - -
Youth Animal Science Schedule - - -

NYS 4-H Rabbit & Cavy

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Youth Rabbit & Cavy Premium Book - - -
Youth Animal Science Schedule - - -

NYS 4-H Sheep

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Youth Sheep Premium Book - - -
Youth Animal Science Schedule - - -
Arrival & Departure Schedule - - -
Livestock Arrival & Release Zone Maps - - -

NYS 4-H Swine

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Youth Swine Premium Book - - -
Youth Animal Science Schedule - - -
Arrival & Departure Schedule - - -
Livestock Arrival & Release Zone Maps - - -