How do I sign up cattle?
Registration for the 2021 Expo through ShoWorks will open on Thursday, Aug. 26, at 9 a.m. All cattle must be registered online to show, and there will be no exceptions to this rule. Registration will close on Sunday, Oct. 17, at 11:59 p.m. If you miss the entry deadline, you will not be able to exhibit cattle at the 2021 show with the exception of cattle bought at the sale. More information can be found on the Junior Show or Supreme Row Sale Info pages.
What does it cost to enter cattle?
Cattle entered by Friday, Oct. 15, at noon will be $55/head, while entries submitted between Friday, Oct. 15, at 12:01 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 17, at 11:59 p.m., will be $75/head. Additional costs may include a tie-out fee of $20/head, showmanship fee of $5/exhibitor and camper fee of $30/night.
Can I substitute cattle?
Substitutions can be made during check-in but must be left in the name of the original exhibitor. We will not be able to add new exhibitors after registration closes on Sunday, Oct. 17, at 11:59 p.m. Scratches can also be made during check-in on Thursday, Oct. 21, or Friday, Oct. 22.
How do I register for tie-outs?
Tie-out fees are $20/head and include bedding. Please purchase your tie-out slots when registering online. They are assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis. We will have a booth set up at tie-outs and ask that you stop there once you are unloaded to receive your tie-out location.
Do animals need to be TB tested?
Animals do not need to be TB tested. Please reach out with further questions.
I don’t see my breed listed on the entry form. Can I still exhibit?
All breeds with less than five animals registered will exhibit in the “any other breed” category against other animals of the same age.
I bought an animal at the Supreme Row Sale and I want to show in the Junior Show. What do I need to do?
As soon as you get the winning bid, you can stop by the table outside of the sale ring to sign up with the Expo staff. We will be at a marked table near the Eberspacher Enterprises check-out area. If you are hoping to buy an animal to show at the Supreme Row Sale or later that day/evening, PLEASE HAVE THE EXHIBITOR’S SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER ON HAND. We are required to collect the Social Security number of all exhibitors for prize purposes. If you do not visit the table to do this, you will be unable to show in the Junior Show.
When is check-in?
Check-in will be held on Thursday, Oct. 21, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday, Oct. 22, from 8-11 a.m., at the Junior Show office.
What do I need to bring for check-in?
If you have a purebred animal, please bring your registration papers for verification. We do understand that it is sale season, and the registration process can take time. Therefore, we are flexible on what is accepted as an official form of registration. If you recently purchased an animal and the registration has not transferred in your name yet, please have the original registration paper to show us. If you’ve sent in your registration information to your association but do not have the final paperwork yet, please have the email or registration submission on your phone or iPad ready to show the Expo staff.
I registered for showmanship online. Why do I need to check-in at the office?
Check-in for Showmanship is necessary to make sure we have even class sizes and the event runs smoothly. Exhibitors are required to register for showmanship through the online system no later Thursday, Oct. 21, at 8 p.m. If you do not confirm your participation in Showmanship at the Junior Show Office by Friday, Oct. 22, at 11 a.m., you will be removed from the competition.
When will the barns be open to exhibitors?
Barns will be open for stalling on Thursday, Oct. 21, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., and on Friday, Oct. 22, from 6-10 a.m. If you arrive later than 8 p.m. on Thursday, please keep your animals on the trailer until Friday morning. You may not start stalling or take cattle to tie-outs until you have received designated stalls from the show office. All cattle must be checked in and stalled by Friday, Oct. 22, at 10 a.m.
Can I reserve a specific stall space in the Cattle Barn?
No. Expo staff will assign stalls on a first -come, first-serve basis and no stalls will be assigned until Thursday, Oct. 21, at 6 a.m. Please stop by the show office as soon as you arrive on the grounds, and your stalls will be assigned. We also ask that you do not unload your cattle or start moving in tack until you have received your stall assignment. Due to the casual environment of the Expo, we also do not stall by breed and give exhibitors the opportunity to stall by whomever they’d like. However, we do tend to get tight on space and are therefore strict on tack space and ask that you be considerate of the exhibitors around you.
Can I camp on the fairgrounds during the Expo?
Yes! We’re happy to accept campers during the Expo weekend for $30/night. Please stop by the Junior Show Office during the Expo to get your campsite and pay. For more information, see our lodging & directions page.
What hotels are nearby?
I want to judge in the Judging Contest, but I don’t have a team to join. Can I still participate?
Yes! Individuals can participate and compete on their own.
I really want to participate in the Expo, but I don’t have a calf to show yet. Is there anything I can do?
The Expo is a prime learning opportunity, so we have made it easy for you to jump right in and participate. First, consider coming to our sale on Saturday. All sale calves purchased can be shown in the junior show for free! Otherwise, if you can borrow a heifer from a friend, you’re welcome to show in the Showmanship Contest. If you are unable to show, there are plenty of other ways to stay busy. Try out the Judging Contest or Fitting Contest or, if you are new to the beef business, join us for the MYBEP Ideas & Insights Symposium on Thursday night. You’ll leave there much more confident in your beef industry knowledge. Browse the Junior Show & Activities menu above to learn more.
Can I attend the fitting workshop presented by Sullivan Supply and not participate in the contest?
Of course! In fact, that’s what most people do. The fitting workshop is meant to be a learning opportunity for both new and veteran show people. We welcome anyone to the workshop whether or not they plan to compete on a team.
What is the Minnesota Youth Beef Experience Program (MYBEP)?
MYBEP awards heifer calves to deserving FFA, 4-H and Junior Breed Association members ages 12-16 to allow for hands-on learning experience. Applicants must submit an online application to be judged by a panel. Each winner is responsible for raising, breeding and maintaining complete records on care of the animal while providing quarterly progress reports to the original owner and the Minnesota Beef Expo. The breeders who donated heifers also serve as mentors to the MYBEP participants to help guide them throughout the year. MYBEP is proud to have awarded more than 130 heifers to deserving youth since its inception in 2004. Visit the MYBEP Application & Overview tab to learn more.
Do you have an official photographer?
Yes! Please welcome Linde’s Livestock Photography as the 2021 Minnesota Beef Expo official photographer. Learn more about Linde’s and purchase photos from previous Expo’s here.
Are dogs allowed at the Expo?
All dogs at the show must be on a leash. This is a Minnesota State Fair facilities requirement.
HEALTH & SAFETY
The health and safety of everyone attending the Expo is extremely important to us and while we acknowledge that no event can be completely risk-free, we ask that you follow this recommended health guidance:
Make an informed decision about attending. Before you visit the Expo, make sure you’ve considered your personal health situation and how you can best keep yourself and those close to you safe and healthy. The comprehensive Minnesota Department of Health webpage on COVID-19 has the latest information on testing, vaccinations, symptoms, what to do if you feel ill, contact tracing, protecting yourself and others, and more.
Wear a face covering. Based on guidance by the CDC, we strongly recommend that you wear a mask indoors and outdoors in crowded settings, for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people.
Social distance. Please spread out when you can and wear a mask when you can’t.
Use hand sanitizer or wash your hands frequently. Hand sanitizer is available throughout the Expo, and there are hand wash stations located in the barns and livestock area.
Stay home if you’re not feeling well or you’ve had close contact with someone who tests positive. Get tested and get well before you visit the Expo. If within the 14 days before you attend the Expo you have tested positive or presumptively positive for COVID-19, experienced any related symptoms or been in direct contact with any person who is confirmed infected with COVID-19, even if you do not have symptoms, please stay home.
Most of all, respect your fellow cattlemen and cattlewomen. Follow the Golden Rule, and please remember that everyone is short-staffed, including at the Expo. Please be kind to those who showed up