Email Blast 08/07/20 – State Fair & HOT Livestock Show Entries (Due 08/19/20)

Howdy and Happy Friday!

We are very pleased to provide you some updates on State Fair (Dallas) and Heart of Texas (HOT, Waco) Livestock Show opportunities for this fall!  Please note that we are sharing information that we received at our recent 4-H Agents Conference and the livestock shows would like for you to know that this is all subject to change based on health orders initiated by local, state, or federal agencies, or if health and safety concerns exist. The good news is that everyone is working extremely hard to try to work through many challenges to continue to provide opportunities for our kids.

On that note, please see the general updates for State Fair and HOT below.  All entries for BOTH shows are due to the County Extension Office with payment by 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, August 19, 2020.  We ask that you call ahead to make an appointment to drop off your entries at the office.  Please note that our office no longer has a drop box for after hours (we are working on purchasing and installing one, though!).  Please let us know if you need us to print and mail you copies of the entry form or any of the documents as soon as possible.

General Updates for Both Shows:

  • The shows are adjusting and lengthening their schedules to space everyone out to accommodate CDC requirements – this means that they will be bringing one species in the barns at a time
    • Tack and equipment may not be left overnight if you are bringing another species the next day for the show to properly sanitize between groups
    • Families will not be allowed to bring another species with them to check in early – example: if you enter both lambs and goats in the show, you may not bring your goat to the lamb check in, they must arrive separately for the show to properly sanitize between groups
  • Masks will be REQUIRED
  • The shows will not be open to the public this year.  Instead, exhibitors will be issued a set of color-coded wristbands for each species to wear as their credentials to be on the grounds.  They will also receive a couple of additional bands for parents.
    • If you do not have a wristband, you will not be allowed on the grounds.
    • Guests are going to be limited, the shows are monitoring requirements to see what that will be
  • Our group camping in the barns will not look the same due to social distancing – stay tuned for details.
  • Both shows are combining a couple of show opportunities into what they are calling the United Show; it will count as participation in both the State Fair and HOT shows and will take place at the HOT fairgrounds in Waco, Texas
    • Entries for the United Show will be processed through the use of the HOT entry forms and will be $70 per entry
    • These include:
      • Youth Breeding Heifers
      • Youth Prospect Steers
      • Youth Purebred Breeding Gilts
  • Additional information will be posted at and as finalized.

State Fair Livestock Show Entry Information:

  • Due Date: 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, August 19, 2020
  • Website:
  • Entries, Schedule, Etc. (click on links below):
  • The 2020 State Fair of Texas market shows that will take place at Fair Park in Dallas are:
    • Market steers
    • Market barrows
    • Market lambs
    • Market goats
    • Market broilers
  • The 2020 State Fair will host the following virtual contests (currently the only being offered):
    • Agri-science fair
    • Public speaking
    • Job interview

Heart O’ Texas Livestock Show & The United Entry Information:

That’s all we have for State Fair and HOT – please let us know if you have any questions!  Have a great weekend!


Mellanie L. Mickelson
Bastrop County Extension Agent – 4-H & Youth Development
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services

P.O. Box 650 | 901 Pecan Street | Bastrop, TX 78602
p: (512) 581-7186 | c: (512) 522-9174 | f: (512) 581-7187

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