Fairs & Shows

The following fairs and livestock shows – organized by state where hosted – have announced that they will accept YQCA certification for the quality assurance requirement. This list is updated regularly, but always check directly with the fair or show for up-to-date information.
State Show YQCA Certification Accepted? Additional Details
Arizona All county and state fair youth exhibitors Yes Will continue to accept Arizona Youth Livestock Quality Assurance certifications completed before January 1, 2018 until all currently valid certificates expire. Starting January 1, 2018, only YQCA certifications (online or instructor-led) will be offered.
California 24A-DAA, The Kings Fair Yes YQCA is required.
California Alameda County Fair Yes Accepting YQCA beginning with 2018 show season.
California California State Fair Yes Will continue to accept valid California State Fair Quality Assurance and Ethics training certifications taken before December 31, 2016 for the 2017 and 2018 California State Fair. Starting in 2019, only YQCA certifications will be accepted.
California Desert Empire Fair Yes Requires YQCA beginning with the 2019 show season.
California El Dorado County Fair Yes Starting in 2019, only YQCA certification will be accepted.
California Humboldt County Fair Yes Requires YQCA at the beginning of the 2019 show season.
California Napa Town and Country Fair Yes Requires YQCA at the beginning of the 2019 show season.
California Orange County Fair Yes As of January 1, 2019, only YQCA certifications (online and instructor-led) will be accepted.
California Redwood Acres Fair Yes Requires YQCA at the beginning of the 2019 show season.
California Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival Yes The California Department of Food & Agriculture is requiring all youth livestock exhibitors showing at Fairs throughout California in 2019, to have completed the applicable YQCA (Youth Quality Assurance) program training. In order to show at the 2019 Fair, each livestock exhibitor is required to have completed an approved YQCA training course, and must be able to provide proof of completion upon request by any member of the Fair staff, or any representative from California Department of Food & Agriculture.
California San Bernardino County Fair Yes The California Department of Food & Agriculture is requiring all youth livestock exhibitors showing at Fairs throughout California in 2019, to have completed the applicable YQCA (Youth Quality Assurance) program training. In order to show at the 2019 Fair, each livestock exhibitor is required to have completed an approved YQCA training course, and must be able to provide proof of completion upon request by any member of the Fair staff, or any representative from California Department of Food & Agriculture.
California Santa Barbara County Fair Yes Will continue to accept California State Fair Livestock Quality Assurance certification until all currently valid certificates expire. After that, only YQCA certifications will be accepted.
California Southern California Fair Yes The California Department of Food & Agriculture is requiring all youth livestock exhibitors showing at Fairs throughout California in 2019, to have completed the applicable YQCA (Youth Quality Assurance) program training. In order to show at the 2019 Fair, each livestock exhibitor is required to have completed an approved YQCA training course, and must be able to provide proof of completion upon request by any member of the Fair staff, or any representative from California Department of Food & Agriculture.
Colorado National Western Stock Show Yes Starting with 2018 show
Iowa National Pork Expo Yes Will continue to accept Youth PQA certifications until all currently valid certification expire. After that, only YQCA certifications will be accepted.
Indiana Indiana Fair exhibitors (4-H); all State Fair 4-H exhibitors Yes YQCA certification is required for all 4-H Members exhibiting beef cattle, dairy cattle, dairy goats, meat goats, sheep, swine, poultry, and rabbits at county-level fairs and/or State Fair.
Iowa All county fair exhibitors (both 4-H and FFA); all State Fair 4-H exhibitors Yes Will continue to accept FSQA test-out certifications until all currently valid certificates expire. After that, only YQCA certifications will be accepted.
Nebraska All county and state fair exhibitors (4-H and FFA) Yes Will continue to accept Nebraska Livestock Quality Assurance certification until all currently valid certificates expire. After that, only YQCA certifications will be accepted.
North Dakota All county and state fair 4-H exhibitors Yes Will continue to accept Nebraska Livestock Quality Assurance certification until all currently valid certificates expire. After that, only YQCA certifications will be accepted.
South Dakota All county and state fair 4-H exhibitors Yes Starting with the 2018-2019 4-H year, YQCA certification is required for all beef cattle, dairy cattle, dairy goats, meat goats, sheep, swine, poultry, and rabbits at county-level fairs and/or State Fair.