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2020 State Fair News and Information      

Although the State Fair of Texas has canceled the opening of the Fair on July 7, 2020, talks continue as to whether they will be able to provide the opportunity to participate in the livestock show or creative arts forum.  This excerpt is directly from the FAQ section following the press release on the State Fair of Texas website https://bigtex.com/covid-19-update/ :

Please continue to monitor their website for updates, and we encourage you to sign up for their e-newsletter for updates/notifications at  BigTex.com/Insider.

As soon as we know, you will know. 




***Purebred gilt validation instructions can be found at the bottom of this page in the document section.***

All swine tag orders have shipped as of June 10, 2020, via USPS Priority Mail. 

Please write your county name on the OUTSIDE of your envelope/package when submitting payment and validation materials.  This will help us quickly identify your county items should the need arise.  We thank you for your cooperation!


2020 State Fair Overview      

State Fair tag orders begin April 1, 2020. Please visit  http://validate.texasffa.org/ to submit your orders. Tag orders may only be placed by the county validation chair.

Please read all forms very carefully, as there have been changes.  Failure to do so could directly affect the eligibility of the exhibitor.  All changes have been highlighted in yellow.  

All State Fair orders must be paid in full prior to July 7, 2020.  Please print your invoice after submitting your order and remit payment.  Please write the county name on the outside of the payment envelope, for faster identification.

County officials will need their county password to login to the system to place orders, print invoices and forms, submit tag/ear notch corrections and complete the student tag information. If you do not know your county's login password, please contact Tammy Glascock with the Texas FFA office at tammy@texasffa.org.


FAQ's for State Fair      

I need a replacement tag but my county does not have any extras - what do I do?

Don't worry!  Replacement tags can be purchased at shows upon check-in for $25.00 each.

State Fair Exhibitor Information:


2020 State Fair Livestock Department phone number:  214-421-8723.


2020 State Fair Swine Validation Ordering/Process Information      

Only the Swine Validation Chairman from each county may order tags.  Once the order has been placed, print the invoice and mail payment to the State office:

                   Texas FFA Association
                   ATTN:  2020 State Fair Swine Validation - (your county name)
                   614 E. 12th Street
                   Austin, Texas  78701

COST:        April      $15.00 each
                    May       $15.00 each
                    June       $15.00 each

There will not be a late fee charged this year for tags due to the extenuating circumastances associated with COVID-19.

                    ***All orders will ship 2-3 day priority mail.***

ORDERS/SHIPPING: Address on order form should be SHIPPING address, please NO PO BOX addresses - we are not able to verify delivery to PO Boxes other than received at the post office. Orders received in April will begin shipping on May 15, 2020. Orders received in May/June will ship by the end of the second week of June - please keep this in mind when scheduling your validation dates!

VALIDATION: All official validation and tagging should occur on or before 11:59pm June 30, 2020 in the presence of the County Swine Validation Committee.  Under no circumstances should tags be handed out for offsite tagging.  All hogs are required to have tags placed in their ears at the time of state validation.

After Validation Occurs      

REMINDER:  It is the duty of the county chair to input all swine tag assignment information into the swine validation website.  http://validate.texasffa.org/

Materials Must Be Postmarked by July 7, 2020:

Swine Tag Form (White Copy Only - yellow copy stays with county coordinator, manila is given to the exhibitor)
 - Filed in alphabetical order and secured with rubber bands please.

Hair envelopes
 - Must have Last Name, First Name (printed and signed).
 - Filed alphabetically and secured with rubber bands please.
       - Do not pre-sign or enter any data on these envelopes, as this voids the envelope.

Signed Ethics Policies
 - Signature page only
 - Filed alphabetically and secured.

Signed Committee Forms
 - This form is located on the swine validation website http://validate.texasffa.org.   Click on 2020 State Fair Swine Validation once you have logged in - the Committee Forms are at the bottom of the forms section.  Per the Swine Validation Guidelines, there must be a minimum of three members on the validation committee.  Any forms returned not meeting this requirement will not be accepted and must be corrected and resubmitted to complete validation.

Tag Assignment Form
 - Please include a printed copy of the tag assignment form with the rest of the validation materials. Once all exhibitor information is entered, click on 'print tag assignment listing' in the upper right corner of your screen. This form will be used as the master materials check-in list for your county.

Mail all required materials to:

Texas FFA Association
ATTN:  2020 State Fair Swine Validation - (your county name)
614 E. 12th Street
Austin, Texas  78701

Change of Ownership, Corrections, Replacement Tags      

Ear-Notch Corrections and Ear Tag Replacements

There are no longer forms to be completed for ear notch corrections or ear tag replacements - there is now a link in the swine validation database for the county coordinator to enter this information directly into the tag assignment listing.  Once logged in to the validation system, there is a link below the tag assignment listing for both ear notch corrections and ear tag replacements.  Simply click on the link and fill out the information directly on the screen.  Once the information is entered in the boxes, click on 'Confirm' and the corrections are entered into the system.  No signatures or forms are required!

-  If changes are made on site at a show with the FFA Representative, a fee of $10.00 cash is processed.  Replacement ear tags may be purchased at the show for $25.00 cash each.

Tag Alterations      
Any change to size, shape, form or color will void the tag---tag will be replaced at the stock show & replacement cost will be charged to the individual. No personal checks will be accepted.  Your cooperation in this process is greatly appreciated!

  Corporate Sponsors

  Important Dates

Tag Orders: 4/1 to 4/30/2020
Late Tag Orders: 5/1/2020 to 6/07/2020
Last Day to Order:  6/07/2020
Validation Scheduling Deadline: 
Scheduled validation dates must be emailed by 5/15/2020 to tammy@texasffa.org using the County Validation Date form.

Validation Deadline: 6/30/2020

All Payments/Reports/Paperwork Postmarked By: 7/07/2020

All Corrections Due: 7/07/2020

Validation System Closes:  7/07/2020

*New Rule*

The State Fair of Texas and Heart of Texas Livestock Shows will require all Purebred gilts to be registered in the Herd Book of their Association in only the name of the junior owner on or before July 1, 2020.

*Gilts may be family validated and registered to multiple family members provided ALL family members meet the eligibility guidellines for age and
4-H / FFA membership  of the shows.  

*Completed registration papers   
  must be uploaded to the
  validation website by
  July 15, 2020. 

*Uploads must be the original
  registration certificate. No other 
  forms will be accepted! 

  Swine Validation
Visit the website:


    Gilt Paper Upload Link


Tammy Glascock
(procedural and validation information)
Swine Validation Coordinator
Texas FFA Association
Cell:  940-367-6245
Email: tammy@texasffa.org

Carolee Frampton
(ordering and payment information)
Budget & Finance Coordinator
Texas FFA Association
Office: 512-480-8045
Fax: 512-476-2894
Email: cframpton@texasffa.org

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