By Tony Wittkowski | Business Reporter | The Herald-Palladium
BERRIEN SPRINGS – The deadline for large animals to be displayed in the 2015 Berrien County Youth Fair is June 1.
Animals that need to be registered by the deadline include dairy, sheep, goats, swine, llamas, alpacas, equine and beef breeding.
BCYF Marketing Coordinator Jill Hein said registration is open to any Berrien County resident ages 5-20.
Entry forms can be brought to the fair office at 9122 Old U.S. 31 in Berrien Springs between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Forms need to be postmarked on or before June 1, or placed in the drop box outside the fair office after office hours until midnight on June 1.
The fair’s office will be open June 1 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. to accommodate the registration deadline. However, Hein said exhibitors are encouraged to get their registrations in early.
Online registration is also open. Exhibitors can return to the program and add more entries up until each entry deadline. The exhibitor’s printed email confirmation will serve as the traditional yellow copy of the entry form and is required on entry day.
The link for online entries can be found at www.bcyf.org.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture tag number must be on the entry form and ordered when it is turned in to the fair office by the June 1 deadline.
Fair Office Coordinator Gail Holmes said if the USDA ear tag has not arrived by June 1, exhibitors can mark it pending on the entry form.
“Normally, they call the USDA as soon as they have their animal and they send them tags,” Holmes said. “If they mark pending, the tag numbers have to be called into the fair office by July 24.”
In addition to the USDA ear tag, exhibitors registering market animals will also need to come to the fair office and pick up the BCYF ear tags for those animals. BCYF ear tags must be in the animals’ ear by Aug. 1 or the entry will be disqualified.
Small animals like rabbits, poultry, cats, dogs and pocket pets must be registered by July 1.
Still exhibits like crafts, home economics, flowers, horticulture and variety classes must be registered with the fair office by Aug. 1.
The Berrien County Youth Fair runs Aug. 17-22. Anyone with additional questions can call the fair office at 473-4251.
(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on May 28, 2015)