The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) Friday released entry forms and entry deadlines for the junior livestock exposition on the Illinois State Fairgrounds and for the junior horse show on the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds.
Entries must be submitted by mail and are available online at www2.illinois.gov/sites/agr. The junior livestock expo will occur Sept. 11-13 and Sept. 18-20 in Springfield. Junior shows are open only to Illinois residents ages 8 to 21.
Entries for beef, sheep, dairy goats, pygmy goats, rabbits and poultry must be postmarked by Aug. 10. Entries for swine, dairy cattle and meat goats must be postmarked by Aug. 17.
The junior horse show will be Aug. 29-30 and Sept. 5-6 in DuQuoin. Entries for both English and western shows must be postmarked by Aug. 10.
Overnight camping will be available in DuQuoin for $25 per night.
IDOA will award ribbons to champions, reserve champions, grand champions and reserve grands in each species. Premiums will be based on total entry money received in a jackpot-style format.
The junior livestock show will be a show-and-go format to discourage overnight camping and stalling of any species. Species with the ability to show off trailers will be asked to do so.
All exhibitors, family members and general public at both locations must adhere to six-foot social distancing guidelines and will be required to wear a protective face covering at all times while on the Illinois and DuQuoin State Fairgrounds.
For a list of rules and a premium book, visit www2.illinois.gov/sites/agr.