Welcome to the ABC Junior Show.   We look forward to having you in the show.  Please read carefully and observe each of the items listed below:

  1. Exhibitors older than 21 years of age as of January 1st of the current year are eligible to show. Anyone who has reached 22 years of age by January 1st is ineligible. Minimal age to show is 8 years old as of January 1st of the current year, with the exception of Pee Wee’s, who must be at least 6 years old by January 1st.

  2. All animals must be owned and shown by the exhibitor (Pee Wee exhibitors excluded).

  3. If an exhibitor has two animals in the same class, a junior member must show the other animal. Refer to “Rule 1” for what defines a Junior Member.

  4. All animals must have inter-state and in-state health papers to be allowed on the grounds and for show eligibility. All animals must meet current Maryland Health Regulation rules. You can find current Maryland Health Regulation Rules here: http://mda.maryland.gov/AnimalHealth/Pages/Fairs-Shows.aspx

  5. The State Vet’s decision is final on all health matters.

  6. All animals are required to have permanent RFID identification.

  7. Exhibitors must have their own medical and accident insurance. The show management, the ABC Board of Directors, and the Maryland State Fair Association will not be responsible for accidents or any injuries to any person or animal, or for loss or damage to personal property.

  8. All steers and heifers must have registration papers to show with their appropriate breed. All other animals will show in the crossbred heifer or steer division, and or market heifer division. Heifers are eligible to show in both the heifer and market heifer show, with double entry fee payment.

  9. To be shown in Bred & Owned, the exhibitor must be listed as both the breeder and owner on animal registration papers.  No crossbred heifers or steers allowed in Bred & Owned. 

  10. Steers and Market Heifers will be shown by breed and weight. Pure bred registration papers and tattoos will be checked at check in .Steers must be born after Jan. 1, 2019 and before November 1, 2019. Tattoos must be legible at check-in. If a tattoo is not legible at check in the animal will be shown in the crossbred division.

  11. Registered heifers will be shown by breed and date of birth. Crossbred and market heifers will be shown by weight. Heifers must be born after September 1, 2018 and before December 31, 2019. Registration papers and tattoos will be checked. Tattoos must be legible at check in. If a tattoo is not legible at check in the animal will be shown in the crossbred division.

  12. Entry fees of $45 per head must accompany official entry blanks, due May 20,2020. After May 20, 2020, the entry fee is $60 per head. No substitution of animal entries or refunds for animals entered but not shown.

  13. There must be 7 animals of a breed to have a breed division for that breed or a sponsorship paid for in the amount of $250.00 for a breed division. 

  14. Animals and exhibitors must be in place and respond to designated check-in times on the schedule, no exceptions.

  15. The ABC Junior Show follows the Animal Code of Ethics.

  16. The ABC Junior Show follows the “3 Strike Rule.” This means that animals that get loose in the ring 3 times will be disqualified and will not be allowed in the show ring again.

  17. No false hair, twining or artificial fill is allowed (this includes pumping and drenching). Animals found in violation will be disqualified. No exceptions.

  18. All fitting must be done within the Cow Palace.

  19. No alcoholic beverages are allowed on the fairgrounds.

  20. Any exhibitor and/or animal that is not in the make-up area by the time the class enters the ring, will be considered late and will not be allowed to enter the show ring.This goes for all heifer, steer and showmanship classes.

  21. Good sportsmanship, full cooperation, and positive relationship are due at all times from exhibitors, parents and show personnel.

  22. Showmanship rules: exhibitor must show their OWN animal (Pee Wee exhibitors excluded) and it will be a no-fit show.

  23. The ABC Junior Show Resolution Committee has the final decision on all matters. The ABC Resolution Committee includes the following Board Members:  Kim Krietz, Shelly Stull and Tina Poole.


Teams are encouraged to register by 5pm on Saturday, May 30th


  1. Teams will consist of three exhibitors, no more than one senior per team.

  2. Each team will be responsible for bringing in a heifer or steer to use in the competition. Heifers and steers are not to be groomed; but, should be washed and dried. Animals will be checked before entering the competition area.

  3. Each team must provide their own chute and fitting equipment. Once the contest begins, no team member may leave the area and no additional equipment may be brought into the fitting area.

  4. Once the fitting area is designated for each team by the contest officials, the team may set up their grooming chute and supplies in their designated area. These items should be in place at least 5 minutes prior to the announced starting time of the contest.

  5. Each team will be allowed 30 minutes to fit their animal.

  6. Each team member must fit a leg, use the clippers and blower.

  7. All fitting and grooming techniques must be within the accepted practices for the ABC Junior Show.

  8. The Judge will circulate and question participants during the 30 minutes, and while the animal is in the chute. Once the animal has been groomed and time is called participants must stand at the front of the chute until released.

  9. Animals may be watered, but no feed or hay will be allowed.



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