Thank You for your interest in supporting the youth of our community. We invite you and your family out to enjoy all the activities at the Fair (September 8h-10th 2022) and hope to see you at the Junior Livestock Auction Saturday September 12th at starting 4pm, buyer registration starting at 3pm.


The Junior Livestock Auction is the culmination of our exhibitor’s animal project(s). These young people have invested their time and dedication into learning about the business of animal agriculture. Many started their business venture by purchasing a steer, lamb, swine, goat and/or turkey. They fed, groomed, trained, provide great care, competed at the Fair to be judged and now are bringing their product to market. Your purchase helps these youth reach their business goals, teaching them valuable life skills, as well as provides you with top quality meat. A few suggestions for your meat purchase include: Personal use for your family.

Donate…Give meat to a charity or auction meat to boost a charity, put on a BBQ to benefit a charity or even give to your meat to a local food bank

For Business…Give packaged meat as gifts to employees. Use it in promotional campaigns, employee BBQ, or give to your special customers.

For Restaurants…Advertise and serve meat raised by youth, Fair provided Livestock Auction picture could be used in your advertising or display


How to buy at the Northern Gila County Fair Junior Livestock Auction. All prospective buyers must register and receive a buyer’s number prior to bidding and making a purchase. Registration will begin at 3pm Saturday Sept. 10th at the Livestock Auction Tent at the Payson Event Center.  The sale order sheet will be provided at registration. Bids are made in dollars per pound of weight listed on the sale order sheet (turkeys will be sold by the head). Potential buyers bid against one another, increasing bid price per pound until auctioneer announces “sold”. If you have more questions about how to participate contact Cassie Lyman 928-978-7926

The NGC Fair is a 501c3 Non-Profit Organization


All payments including “add-on’s” are required on sale day immediately following the auction. Credit Cards will be accepted for payment (there is a 4% convenience fee for CC payments). Group purchases are allowed for in person bidding. Your prompt payment is very important to youth who have business loans that are due after the sale.



The following meat processors will be able to process your purchase (or you can process your own). Grand and Reserve Champions must be harvested.  Cost for processing depends on processor, processing choices, and type of animal purchased, please contact desired processor for more information.

Holliday Processing:          602-515-8070

Carl’s Custom Meats:        928-310-8934



Yes, if you are unable to bid or if you don’t get to purchase an animal you can still help our youth and the Northern Gila County Fair Junior Livestock Auction. An “add-on” (a donation of any amount toward an individual youth and/or all youth in the auction) can also be made. Or a donation may be made to the Northern Gila County Fair a 501 (c)(3) to help with future livestock show awards.



Wednesday Sept 7th 9am-noon at the Payson Event Center (Rodeo Arena)

We are setting up the pens and show ring, we need help getting the area set up.


Wed 1pm-6pm Indoor Exhibits and Garden Exhibits need turned in to the Fair.


Thursday Sept 8th 8am-noon Animal Jr Livestock Market Animal Weigh-In at the Payson FFA Ag Building. This is where you get your official animal weight for the auction.

You will need:

Your Educational Poster (per species) take to the Fair and hang over your animal pen, high were it won’t get eaten.

Also bring your own animal feed, feed and water buckets and needed show equipment.

*At weigh-in you will get your Fair packet. It will have a list of your entries; please verify you are correctly entered. It will have a parking pass (bring it with you to enter the fair for free, otherwise it will cost you $10 each time). And it will have your exhibitor # you must wear during the livestock show.

After weigh-in you take your animal to the Fair and put it in your assigned pen.

You will need to bring your own shavings for your pen to the Fair this year. I suggest at least one bag per day (more than one per day for steers).

Thursday, September 8th 3:00 pm Mandatory Exhibitor Meeting:

This is mandatory for all youth showing livestock (parents are encouraged to attend) as this is where you will get any updates on schedule changes the Fair Board has had to make. You will also get your barn duty assignment.


Friday, September 9th is Kids Day at the Fair, Gymkhana and Livestock Show Day

Arrival of Open Livestock Animals

School Kids arrive around 9am from the Elementary schools (remember to engage with the kids about your project)

Open Livestock Show starts at 10am

Showman's Experience Class (moved to Friday from Saturday) will follow the Open Show. *If you have a sibling or a friend that is interested in showing your animal in the Showman's Experience Class this is a great opportunity to get them experience (if you feel comfortable letting them, use your animal).

Jr Livestock Show will follow 

Gymkhana (open to all ages) 5pm

Open Livestock Animals are released


Saturday Sept 10th Small Stock Show

Turkey Show and Small Stock Show 9am

Round Robin Showmanship Contest 11am

Jr Livestock Auction Auction and Awards 4:00 pm (buyers’ registration 3pm) Remember to get people to come to the Fair to bid on your project! Also encourage them to support you with an add-on-donation at https://www.ngcfair.com/add-on-donations


Sunday Sept 11th Release Day and Clean up

Processors will be picking up animals at 9am then we need to take down pens and clean up. Remember you need to help this day or you are charged extra commission out of your Livestock Auction check.


Attached is the information for Buyer again in case you missed it last time!