2020 Rains County Livestock Show

September 16-19, 2020

Due to COVID-19, the 90th Annual Rains County Fair will look a little different! Below you will find helpful information regarding the Livestock Show. Please feel free to contact the Extension office with any questions or concerns at 903-473-4580.

Please pay close attention to dates and times as many have changed. Changes are the result of recommendations from school administrators, city government, and county government. Fair Board members, Ag teachers, and Extension staff have worked very hard to ensure the kids of Rains County have a healthy and safe opportunity to show and sell their animals.

We appreciate your understanding and patience!

Links and Forms

**Please read below for additional details.**

Requirements for those attending the Livestock Show:

  • Face coverings will be required for anyone on the grounds. Face coverings are not recommended for children under 2 years or anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the covering without assistance. Individuals who are exhibiting in the arena are not required to wear a face covering but are required to a keep 6-foot of space between them to the extent feasible.
  • Individuals must provide their own PPE (face coverings, gloves, etc.).
  • All event attendees, including but not limited to, employees, volunteers, judges, guests, parents, siblings, and exhibitors are asked to stay home if sick.
  • All event attendees, including but not limited to, employees, volunteers, judges, guests, parents, siblings, and exhibitors (legal guardian of exhibitor if under 18 years old), must sign a COVID-19 screening form acknowledging their responsibility.
      • Form maybe downloaded (click here).
        • Participants/Participant Guests must complete and return to receive your entry tickets
        • Buyers/Judges/Volunteers please complete and return to the Extension office or bring to the sale.
  • This event is not open to the public; each exhibitor will receive 4 tickets to the livestock show.
  • There will only be one entrance and one exit to facilitate the number allowed in the facility.
  • People who are sick should stay home and/or visit a healthcare facility, depending on symptom severity, and follow CDC guidance for caring for oneself and others.
  • Individuals will not be allowed to congregate or gather. To the extent feasible, attendees not within the same household must maintain a minimum a 6-foot space from others.

Recommended best practices for those attending the Livestock Show:

  • Individuals will be encouraged to clean and disinfect items from home (halters, buckets, pitchforks, etc.) before bringing them to the event and again before they take them back home.
  • When possible, individuals will be discouraged from sharing of items (halters, brushes, clippers, etc.) that are difficult to disinfect between competitors, barns on the premises, and farms.
  • Hand hygiene stations will be available throughout the premises for attendees to clean their hands, including before and after interacting with animals or entering/exiting animal areas.
      • Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to get rid of germs in most situations. If soap and water are not readily available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • In addition to wearing a face covering, individuals are encouraged to cough or sneeze into the bend of their elbow.

Facebook Live:

  • The Rains County Junior Livestock Show and Sale will be broadcast on Facebook Live.
  • Click here for additional information.



  • Due: Friday, September 11, 2020 by 4:00 p.m.


  • Weigh-In: Wednesday, September 16, 2020 from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Show: Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.*
      • Starting with Lambs, followed by Goats
  • Lambs and Goats will be released to go home after the show.
  • All animals must leave fairgrounds following show.
  • Goats and Lambs must be back by 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 19, 2020.
  • Weight Tolerance – 15 pounds


  • Weigh-In: Wednesday, September 16, 2020 from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
      • Mike Willis’ Farm in Emory
  • Arrive: Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.
  • Show: Thursday, September 17, 2020 following Lambs and Goats*
  • No weight tolerance
  • Steers will show off trailer


  • Arrive: Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.
  • Show: Thursday, September 17, 2020 after Steers*
  • Dairy Heifers will show off Trailer


  • Arrive: Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.
  • Show: Thursday, September 17, 2020 after Dairy Heifers*
  • Beef Heifers will show off Trailer


  • Arrive: Thursday, September 17, 2020 from Noon – 4:00 p.m.
  • Weigh-In: Thursday, September 17, 2020 from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Show: Friday, September 18, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.*
  • Weight Tolerance – 20 pounds
  • There will be a 15-minute Break between each Pig Class
  • There will not be a Showmanship Class.
      • Swine Showmanship will be judged during the Show.
      • There will be an independent judge doing the Showmanship.


  • Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.
  • The Sale will be in the Rains County Fairgrounds Pavilion.
  • Exhibitors will be lined up 6 feet apart by Sale Order. When it is time for them to sell, they will enter the pavilion.
  • We will not be exhibiting the animals during the Sale. They will remain in their pens.


  • Deadline: Wednesday, September 23, 2020
  • There will not be an Add-On table this year at the Sale.
      • Add-ons will be accepted at the Extension Office through Wednesday, September 23, 2020.
      • Add-on sheets are sent to buyers and 4-H families
      • Add-on sheets are available for download online (click here).
      • Please complete and return form with payment to the Rains County Extension Office 410 Tawakoni Drive, P.O. Box 278, Emory, TX 75440.


  • Deadline: Saturday, September 26, 2020
  • We will not have a scheduled clean-up time as we have in the past.
      • Exhibitors have one week to clean their pen.
      • This must be done by Saturday, September 26, 2020.
      • If this is not completed within one week, the exhibitor will be charged a $50.00 clean-up fee, which will be deducted from his/her check.

* Events broadcast on Facebook Live.


Friday, September 11, 2020

4:00 p.m.                                  Record Books Due

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.                     Lambs and Goats weigh-in at Fairgrounds

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.                     Steers weigh-in at Mike Willis’ Farm

Thursday, September 17, 2020

8:00 a.m.                                  Lamb and Goat Show*

8:00 a.m.                                  Steers arrive and show following Lambs and Goats*

9:00 a.m.                                  Dairy Heifers arrive and show following Steers*

9:00 a.m.                                  Beef Heifers arrive and show following Dairy Heifers*

**After Show Lambs, Goats, Steers, Dairy Heifers, and Beef Heifers must leave fairgrounds.**

12:00 – 4:00 p.m.                    Pigs arrive and set-up

4:00 – 6:00 p.m.                      Pigs weigh-in

Friday, September 18, 2020

8:00 a.m.                                  Pig Show*

Saturday, September 19, 2020

10:00 a.m.                                Lambs and Goats return

10:00 a.m.                                Livestock Sale (Steers, Lambs, Goats, Pigs)*

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

4:00 p.m.                                 Add-on deadline

Saturday, September 26, 2020

End of Day                              Pen clean-up deadline

* Events broadcast on Facebook Live.


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