Department 4: Sheep

Event Day and Date
JudgingFriday, August 16 at 2:00 pm in the Cattle Arena
Deadline for all entriesAugust 1
Drop OffAll animals enter fairgrounds on Sunday, August 11.
4-H entries between 7:00 am and 11:00 am.
Breeding Sheep between 8:00 am and 6:00 pm
Contact Name Phone Email
SuperintendentRobert Supancik570-533-1066[email protected]
Assistant SuperintendentMark Kowalewski570-905-7098[email protected]

Department Rules

Exhibitors must adhere to the General Rules for the Harford Fair listed here.

Exhibitors must adhere to the IAFE Code of Ethics which can be found here.

1. To enter: go to and follow the link to enter online or use the Sheep Entry Blank below. Please include the entry fee of $2.00 per animal. The Open Sheep Show will be held in the Cattle Arena.
2. Any animal of unthrifty nature, unsuitable condition, or which cannot be satisfactorily handled under show conditions,
must be removed from the fairgrounds.
3. Exhibitors must have all animals entered for competition on the fairgrounds on Sunday, August 11, 2024, between 7:00 AM and Noon for 4-H entries and between 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM for Breeding Sheep. Animals may leave the fairgrounds after 10:00 PM on Saturday, August 18, 2024.
4. Group Class Descriptions - Class 10 - Breeder's Young Flock: one ram lamb and two ewe lambs. All bred and owned by exhibitor.  Class 11 - Pen of Lambs: two ram lambs and two ewe lambs. Class 12 - Get of Sire: four breeding animals, any age, and both sexes must be represented. All animals bred by one Sire. All animals need not be owned by one exhibitor. Class 13 - Flock: one ram (under two years), two ewes (one year and under two years), and two ewes (under one year).

5. All animals in group classes must be under two years of age and entered in individual classes.
6. If an exhibitor is unable to tend his animals during the fair, he must inform a superintendent IN WRITING of the name of the person responsible in his absence. Failure to do so will result in the forfeit of all or part of the premium and can result in the removal of the exhibit from the fair.
7. Harassment of the judge or other official is cause for disqualification.
8. Registration papers must be available upon request during the fair.
9. Crossbred ewes may show under Breed classification 1P - Production Class. If you have a market lamb that is an ewe, you may enter her as a production ewe or a market lamb in the open show, NOT both.
10. Tack pens are not guaranteed. They will be assigned by the number of sheep you enter or space available.

11. All sheep and goats, stalled on the wash rack side of the barn or the back corner, must have their pen cleaned by 10:00am on Sunday morning.


Department 4 - Sheep - 2024 Health Rules

Requirements for Pennsylvania Sheep Entering the Fairgrounds:

1) The Animal Exhibition Sanitation Law requires attestation that a VCPR exists for all animals to be exhibited.  This attestation states that the owner or caretaker of the animal has assumed responsibility to consult a veterinarian and has agreed to follow the instructions of the veterinarian in relation to animal diseases and implementing best management practices intended to reduce and prevent disease. This requirement can be fulfilled by any of the following means:

a) A Veterinarian-client-patient-relationship (VCPR) form with a veterinarian’s signature, signed and dated after January 1, 2024. The VCPR must be printed out and presented for inspection as a hard copy at the time of unloading of the exhibit animals.

b) A current Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI or “health certificate”), issued within 30 days of the Harford Fair. The CVI must remain on the Fairgrounds with the exhibitor and be available at any time for inspection.

2) All animals will be inspected upon removal from the trailer by the Fair Veterinarian or Department Superintendent, and must be free of infectious or contagious diseases.

3) Certification by owner and accredited veterinarian is required stating that the individual animal(s) has not been exposed to scrapie.

4) All animals must have an individual official USDA scrapie identification.  Approved ID includes: an official USDA-approved scrapie ear tag available from the USDA at 1-866-873-2824 (order early, processing and delivery could take several weeks); OR a USDA-approved custom scrapie ear tag; OR a USDA approved scrapie tattoo with individual ID (tattoo); OR an ISO compliant 15-digit ear tag, including RFID.

5) All animals over three (3) months of age (except market sheep) must have a current (within 180 days) rabies vaccination and show proof of vaccination with a) a valid rabies certificate (or copy of) OR b) the rabies vaccination information may be attached to the VCPR or included on the above required paperwork.

Requirements for Out of State Sheep Entering the Fairgrounds (in addition to the above listed requirements):

  1.  All animals must be accompanied by a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) issued ) issued within 30 days of fair. If an animal comes from a state in which Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) has been identified, or a bordering state, the CVI shall include a statement verifying that the animal (s) has been examined and found to free from VS and during the past 90 days, this animal (s) has neither been exposed to VS nor located within 10 miles of a site where VS has been diagnosed.