How to Win the Chicken, Cow, and Sheep Festival in Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town
How to Win the Chicken, Cow, and Sheep Festival in Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town

To win the chicken, cow, and sheep festivals, you need to increase the affection of your animals. If your animals win these contests, they will produce higher quality eggs, milk, or wool that sell at higher prices.

Chicken Festival

People getting ready for the chicken festival | Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town
People getting ready for the chicken festival

Date: Summer 7

Location: Rose Square

Time: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

The day before the Chicken Festival, Rick will visit your farm and ask you if you want to join. You can then select a healthy adult chicken to join the festival. Heart levels don’t matter in the chicken festival as much as the other ones, but it’s better to select a chicken with a high affection level.

The goal of the festival is to scare your opponent’s chicken out of the ring while trying to keep your own chicken inside. There will be three battles with increasing difficulty. If you win all three battles, Rick will crown your chicken as the champion.

Tips to Win the Chicken Festival

Chickens ready to compete at the festival | Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town
Chickens ready to compete at the festival
  • At the start of the battle, press the A button to scare the other chicken. You will see a “!” symbol on the other chicken if it’s scared, and it will move towards the edge of the circle.
  • Try to press the A button when the other chicken starts jumping. If your chicken is facing towards the other one, it will jump and scare your opponent.
  • Never press the A button when your chicken is facing the wrong way, or when it is near the edge of the ring. It could walk outside and you will lose.
  • Do not just randomly press the A button. The chicken festival is based on timing, and pressing the A button rapidly may cause your chicken to go outside the ring.
  • Save your game before starting the festival so in the moment you lose, you can reload your game and try again.

If your chicken wins the contest, it will become the champion of the Chicken Festival. It will produce golden eggs which are superior to high-quality eggs. Gold eggs sell for 100G each, and you can make Mayonnaise (G) with it.

Cow Festival

People gather around for the cow festival | Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town
People gather around for the cow festival

Date: Summer 20

Location: Rose Square

Time: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Barley will come to your farm one day before the festival and ask you if you want to join. Select a healthy adult cow that is not pregnant to join the cow festival.

The next day, go to Rose Square and talk to Barley to start the judging of the cows. Unlike the chicken festival, there’s no mini-game during the cow festival. There will just be a cutscene with Barley announcing the winner.

To win the festival, select the cow with the highest affection level. Usually, a cow with 8 to 10 hearts is a guaranteed win. Cows with 8 or more hearts that win the festival will produce Milk (G), which you can use to make Cheese (G).

Sheep Festival

People gather around for the sheep festival | Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town
People gather around for the sheep festival

Date: Fall 21

Location: Rose Square

Time: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

One day before the sheep festival, Barley will ask you if you want to join. Only healthy, non-pregnant adult sheep can join. The sheep must also still have its wool to join the festival.

Important Note: A sheep’s wool regrows after seven days of trimming it. If you regularly trim your sheep’s wool, plan accordingly before you do it so that it regrows before the festival.

Just like the cow festival, the sheep festival does not have a mini-game. Go to Rose Square on the day of the festival and talk to Barley. A cutscene will play and he will judge your sheep.

A sheep with high levels of affection will win the festival easily. A sheep with 8 or more hearts that wins the festival will produce Wool (G), which you can use to make Yarn (G).

How to Raise Your Animals’ Affection

Picking up a chicken daily increases its affection | Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town
Picking up a chicken daily increases its affection

To raise their affection, you must feed the animals daily. This is important, as animals can get sick, lose affection levels, and pass away if you do not feed them.

For chickens, you can pick them up and put them down again once a day to increase their affection. You can also build an enclosure on your farm using fences and leave them outside. They do not need to be fed when the chickens are outside the chicken coop.

Brushing and talking to cows will increase their affection | Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town
Brushing and talking to cows will increase their affection

For cows and sheep, talking to them, milking and clipping their wool increases their affection. Buy the brush from Saibara and brush them once a day to further increase their affection. You can also leave cows and sheep outside the barn, but make sure you plant grass seeds so they have something to eat.