July 25 - 28








Livestock Exhibitor

Participate in Livestock Shows: (208) 455-8500

Who: Youth who are enrolled in Canyon County Fair Junior Livestock Program. Youth must be between the ages of 5 to 8.

What: Acquire a 1-10 day old beef or dairy calf from February 15 to April 15. Exhibitors will care for the calf, break it to lead and maintain accurate feed, financial and health records including a journal of their experiences. Exhibitors may enter up to two calves no later than June 17 at canyonsale.fairwire.com. However, only one calf may be exhibited. Based on exhibitor age and number of participants youth may be split into smaller classes and judged on their individual knowledge of their project. This program is designed to help exhibitors learn about livestock care and responsibility.

When: July 25 -28, 2024
Showmanship – July _____, 2024 @ _____ am/pm

Where: Canyon County Fair


  • to design a cattle project to fit the physical size, maturity, and comfort level of younger or inexperienced youth
  • to teach proper health care and nutritional requirements of young cattle
  • to teach basic cattle management skills without a large investment
  • to teach basic record-keeping skills
  • to provide a better understanding of the feeder cattle industry

The Canyon County Fair Bucket Calf Program will follow the rules and regulations set forth by the Canyon County Fair.

The Bucket Calf Program is designed to introduce youth 5 to 8 years old to beef and dairy. By allowing younger children the experience of working with a smaller, less intimidating size of animal, they may become comfortable with beef and dairy cattle as they grow. This is designed to be a short-term project with calves purchased in the Spring and finalized with showing at the Canyon County Fair.

A bucket calf is an orphan or newborn calf purchased when it is one to ten days old. The calf may be male or female, beef or dairy. The calf is started on a bottle (or bucket) and nipple. No nurse cows should be used.

Calves should be purchased between February 15 and April 15 of the current year. Only one bucket calf per exhibitor may be shown at the Fair. Calves shown in the bucket calf class are ineligible to be shown in other classes. Health requirements are the same for bucket calves as they are for all other beef or dairy cattle exhibited at the Fair, as listed in the Canyon County Fair Livestock Exhibitor Guide.

Classes will be set according to the number of participants and ages of the participants as of January 1 of the current year.

All participants will be judged using the Danish Ribbon System.

Only bucket calf exhibitors, judges, sponsors and ring assistants will be allowed in the arena with the calves during the show. Showing at the Canyon County Fair completes the Bucket Calf Project.


Bacon Buddies® is an event that was created in hopes to integrate people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities with 4-H/FFA members, to give these athletes an opportunity that they otherwise would not receive.  During this event, a 4-H or FFA member is paired up with a buddy to exhibit a pig!  This program also allows the next generation of pig farmers to give back to their communities while giving an opportunity to the athletes. 

The judge assesses how the mentor, participant, and pig work together as a cohesive unit.  All participants will receive awards, t-shirt, and two admission tickets for entrance into the Canyon County Fair.

WHO: Persons with an intellectual and/or developmental disability age 10 years and older. Each participant will be paired with a youth mentor and a pig.

WHEN:  Sunday, July 28, 2024


  • 12:15 p.m. |  Participant and Mentor Group Photo
  • 12:30 – 1:00 p.m. |  Pig Preparation (Wash, Groom, and Practice)
  • 1:00 p.m. |  Bacon Buddies Show

WHERE: Canyon County Fair Livestock Building (111 S. 22nd Street, Caldwell, ID 83605)

SHOW ATTIRE: Closed toe shoes, long pants, and Albertsons Bacon Buddies® T-shirt

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: There are a variety of activities, lights and sounds at the Canyon County Fair and in the Swine Barn. Please bring any calming or auditory devices necessary to enhance this opportunity for your participant. Parents and/or guests are encouraged to watch the show from the bleachers but will not be allowed in the show ring during the Show. 

QUESTIONS? Email Samantha Ball at samantha@canyoncountyfair.org, or call 208.455.8500

ALL Market Livestock and Horse projects MUST be declared through the Canyon County Fair. ALL Market, Horse, Breeding, and Livestock Cloverbud projects MUST enter through the Canyon County Fair. ALL Family Consumer Science projects must enter through the Canyon County Extension Office. ALL Market Livestock Sale projects must be declared and entered in order to sale. Questions on declaring and entering can be directed to the Canyon County Fair. Questions about Sale Day, Sale Order, Buyers Breakfast, Buyers Tickets, Add-ons, etc. can be directed to the Market Livestock Sale Committee.

Canyon County Fair – 208.455.8500
Canyon County Extension – 208.459.6003
Market Livestock Sale Committee – Holly 208.608.3757, Trey 208.249.6118