Tuscola County Fair

4-H logo2016 Tuscola County Fair

July 24 - July 30, 2016

Thirty-three years after the nation’s first state fair was held in Detroit, the Tuscola County Fair was organized on March 11, 1882, initially as the Caro District Agricultural Society. On September 19-22, 1882, the fair hosted its first agricultural, industrial and recreational exhibition. Always a primary agricultural attraction, the county fair has displayed new farming equipment and methods, animals, produce and handicrafts on its current site.

Over the years, many volunteer hours have been dedicated to preserving an American heritage, “the county fair.”

The fair association owes many thanks to these volunteers as well as thanks to many civic organizations, local businesses and governmental agencies.

Anyone interested in becoming a member of the Tuscola County Fair Association may contact any member of the Board of Directors for information. Our county fair has stood strong for more than 125 years, and together we can continue this long-standing tradition.

2016 Tuscola County Fair Book

Tuscola County Fair Book


Fair Information & Forms    

Below is a list of some information and forms that may be useful.

Record Sheets

In 2015, the Tuscola County Livestock Committees, for both large and small animals, joined together and revised the structure of our required project record books for market animal projects that will be exhibited and sold at the Tuscola County Fair. The record books listed below will be used for the following market animal projects:

Beef, Sheep, Swine, Goat, Feeder Beef, Poultry and Rabbit

Because the same record book template is used for all of the above listed species, the books have been linked to the age of the 4-H member exhibiting the animal project. 

If you have questions, please contact your club leader or Heather Middleton, Tuscola County’s 4-H program coordinator.

Required Forms


Project Guides

Study Sheets

Tagging Dates for 2017 projects  

All 4-H market large livestock to be exhibited in the Tuscola County Fair must be tagged on the dates established by the appropriate superintendent and approved by the Large Livestock Committee. 4-H enrollment must be completed prior to tagging. Please make appropriate arrangements to have your animals at the designated tagging.

  • Beef - March 4th  from 10  - 11 a.m. at UPI in Cass City - if opting out of Weigh-in / Rate of Gain - required identification pictures are due to MSUE office by February 24th
  • Swine - May 12th - submit picture and tag documentation to MSU Extension Office
  • Feeders -  May 12th  - Feeder project RFID Identification information is to be called, emailed or texted to Kayla DeLong - 989-551-4002 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  
  • Sheep - May 13th  from 9 am to 11 am at the MSU Extenaion office

Please contact the appropriate superintendent for questions:

  • Beef - Genevieve Hecht (989) 868-4335
  • Swine - Carla Schultz  - (989) 553-2295
  • Feeders - Kayla DeLong (989) 551-4002
  • Sheep - Jeremy Glaspie (517) 262-8601

Electronic Livestock ID Tags    

All livestock in Michigan require a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag effective March 1, 2007. A website has been developed to provide information about the RFID requirements in Michigan. Please visit www.michigananimalid.com for information about how to obtain a premises ID, where to order tags, details about the requirements for use of the tags, how to manage the application of the ear tags, RFID requirements for youth who will exhibit animals at shows and fairs, etc.

NorthStar Cooperative is now selling official RFID eartags. More information about ordering tags through NorthStar Cooperative can be obtained at http://www.northstarcooperative.com/.  Producers may continue to order RFID tags through the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development toll free at (866) 870-5136.

Please feel free to contact MSU Extension at (989) 672-3870 with any questions.

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