Skillathons will be conducted in the following areas: Beef, Sheep, Swine, Poultry, Rabbits, Goats, Horses, Dairy, and Dogs.

The 2020 Animal Skillathons are cancelled due to COVID-19 and will not be a requirement for fair participation.

General Information

Requirement: All livestock exhibitors must participate in skillathon to be eligible to show at the Madison County Fair. 

Dress Code: All participants must come to skillathon dressed in appropriate show clothes for their species.

Skillathon dates: 

  • June 27, 9am-1pm
  • June 30, 5:30-8:30pm
  • Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Livestock Skillathons will not occur based on Senior Fair Board and local health department recommendations. Skillathon will also not be a requirement for the 2020 fair participation.

2020 Study Guides

Each species has a study guide which lists the stations and a description for the types of questions asked, where information can be found, etc. Please review the study guide and resources for each species you are exhibiting. 

Practice Quizzes are available here: Animal Science Virtual Learning Lab

Species Study Guide Additional Resources (also linked in Study Guide)
Beef (includes Dairy Beef Feeders) Beef Study Guide  
Dairy Dairy Study Guide Cow Milk vs. Milk Alternatives Article
Dog Dog Study Guide  
Goats Goat Study Guide  
Horse (includes Horseless Horse Project) Equine Study Guide  
Poultry Poultry Study Guide

Biosecurity Tips to Prevent Poultry Disease

Protecting the Health of Your Flock

Meat Cuts Study PPT

Poultry Breeds

Rabbit (includes Pet Rabbit) Rabbit Study Guide

ARBA - Proper Posing


Sheep Sheep Study Guide  
Swine Swine Study Guide

Swine Showmanship

Swine Showmanship Tips

Biosecurity and Your Pig Project