Sections 61 - 62: 4-H Fitting & Showing / Swine

General Requirements:   All animals are subject to inspection for general health upon presentation for admission. Animals showing symptoms of any contagious or infectious disease including ringworm, warts and pink eye, must be removed from the show or fair at time of inspection. Approval of all entries for the first showing in Maryland will extend through the show season, providing the status of the herd of origin, or of the identified animals, does not change.


General Entry Rules & Regulations: Livestock

All livestock entry sheets must be received or postmarked by August 15, 2019. Please make sure for each animal listed that an eartag number and birth date are also listed. Be sure to indicate the number of pens/stalls requested for your animals. Make special pen/stall requests as clear as possible! (Example: Special request for a stall for a cow and calf.)

Livestock exhibitors must attach a copy of the Health Certificate for Show form when submitting entry.

Health and registration papers must be made available for inspection by authorized Fair personnel at the time of entry into the Fair and at any other time deemed necessary by the Fair.

For 2019 the Prince George's County Fair will be having one-day livestock shows. Animals will not be expected to spend the night at the Fair.

Swine for both Open Class and 4-H will be accepted on Friday, September 6, 2019. The swine show will begin at 600pm. (It is requested that the animals arrive one hour prior to the show, if possible.)

All exhibitors must check in at the Registration Table in their area. Health and Registration papers must be presented to authorized Fair personnel and the State Veterinarian at time of check-in for inspection. No animals may be moved into stalls/pens until the check-in process is complete. All market animals will be weighed at check-in.

All animals must remain in assigned pens except during show preparation and when in competition.

The Fair will NOT furnish bedding for livestock. Sand will be in hog pens and shavings in poultry pens.

No exhibitor or parent may take more than two premiums in any class.

Entries in the division are open to anyone in the 5 Southern Maryland counties.

Breed classes will be determined by number of entries per class.

Market animals (cattle, sheep, swine) may not be shown as breeding stock. A maximum of 3 market goats, 3 market sheep and 3 market swine may be entered by an exhibitor.

Grand Champion and Best in Show will be awarded only if there is competition.

Registration Papers will be checked in Sheep and Dairy Departments.

Registration Papers will be checked on Breeding Animals.

Note: All sections in this division are open to persons limited by physical handicap or mental capacity.


Rules & Regulations for Swine

Swine (In addition to the general requirements) :   All swine must be individually identified by eartag, notch, or tattoo registration number.


All swine six (6) months of age and over, except barrows, must meet one of the following requirements:
1. Originate directly from a validated Brucellosis-free herd, or
2. Have a negative brucellosis test within thirty (30) days prior to date of entry.


Leptospirosis immunization is recommended. Consult your veterinarian.


All swine must meet one of the following requirements:
1. Originate directly from a Pseudorabies Qualified Negative Herd or from a Pseudorabies Monitored Herd (Include herd certification number on form), or 2. Have a negative Pseudorabies test within thirty (30) days of the date of entry. 


General Rules

Additional rules pertaining to ages and breeds are found in the class schedule. Exceptions to open class rules are as follows:

1. 4-H Livestock Shows are open to all 4-H and FFA members in the five (5) Southern Maryland Counties.

2. Judging of Fitting and Showing Contest will be as follows: in a fitting and showing contest it is the exhibitor, not the animal, who is being judged. Showmanship will account for 60% of the judge's decision. This will include handling and presenting the animal and grooming of the animal. For the exhibitor it includes alertness to judge's directions, neat and appropriate attire, and courtesy to other exhibitors. Fitting will account for approximately 20% of the judge's decision. An exhibitor not in control of his or her animal will be dismissed. Exhibitors of swine will not be asked to demonstrate their grooming skills in the ring. During the contest, the judge will ask the exhibitors questions about the feeding, breeding and management of that type of livestock. Exhibitors will then be asked to parade the animal in the show ring. Animals will then be placed, with the judge giving oral reasons for placement. 4-H'ers will declare Fitting and Showing animal at check-in.

Proper attire will be required in all livestock fitting and showing contests:


Boys: Khaki or green slacks, khaki or white shirt, green or black neckpiece

Girls: Khaki or green skirt or slacks, white shirt, green or black neckpiece; khaki outfit accepted. 

Section 63: 4-H Fitting & Showing - Swine

Class Fitting & Showing - Swine 1st 2nd 3th 4th 5th 6th
6301 Junior (8-10)* $15 $12 $10 $8 $6 $5
6302 Intermediate (11-13)* $15 $12 $10 $8 $6 $5
6303 Senior (14-18)* $15 $12 $10 $8 $6 $5
* Age as of January 1 of current year.

Class Fitting & Showing - Swine Awarded
6351 Champion Trophy & Rosette
6352 Reserve Champion Trophy & Rosette

Section 64: 4-H Swine, All Breeds

Class 4-H Swine 1st 2nd 3th 4th 5th 6th
    $20 $15 $12 $10 $8 $7
6401 Boar, 3-6 months
6402 Boar, 7-12 months
6403 Gilt, 3-6 months
6404 Sow, 7-12 months
6405 Sow and Litter (show in pen)
6406 Breeder-Feeder Litter-Boar,Gilt,Borrow owned by exhibitor and farrowed after Feb 1 of current year.
6420 Indvidual Market Hog* (classes to be divided by weight taken TBD, between 2:00PM and 8:00PM)
6421 Pen of Two Market Hogs
6430 Best of Show, Male
6431 Best of Show, Female

* A maximum of 3 market hogs may be entered.
Market Hogs: Exhibitor must have been the owner of the animal(s) for 60 days prior to Fair.

Class 4-H Swine Awarded
6440 Champion Boar Rosette
6441 Reserve Champion Boar Rosette
6442 Champion Female Rosette
6443 Reserve Champion Female Rosette
6444 Champion Market Hog Trophy, Rosette
6445 Reserve Champion Market Hog Rosette
6446 Champion Pen of Two Market Hogs Rosette
6447 Reserve Champion Pen of Two Market Hogs Rosette