1. As the purpose of the Fair is for the betterment of agriculture and the community, each exhibit shall be such as to teach a lesson in agriculture or community betterment or contain some part that does so.
2. Exhibitors from any place in the U.S.A. may enter the open classes. The Fair Directors reserve the right to accept entries based on available space. Only members of Lawrence County 4-H Clubs and students enrolled in Lawrence County Schools may enter the classes in Department 10. Entries for all livestock classes, including group classes must be made by July 15, 2017. Entries received after the space is filled will be refused. A check covering entry fees as listed in each class where applicable must accompany the entry blank. After entries close, livestock exhibitors may substitute within classes, but not between classes, except for dairy animals which have freshened. Exhibitors must use an entry blank for Open, 4-H & FFA classes.
3. Exhibitors earning $600 or more in premiums must furnish the Premium Office with their Social Security number.
4. 4-H and FFA members may show the same animals in open and youth classes, if the entry fees for the classes are paid and if proper entry blanks are filed by the entry deadline, July 15, 2017.
5. Market Swine must arrive 8:00 am – 10:00 am Sunday. All other market animals will begin weigh-in at 4:00 PM Sunday. All livestock including horses must be in stalls by 9:00 pm Sunday.
6. All breeding animals must remain until 11:00 pm Saturday except Rabbits who will remain until 10:00 am Sunday. Market animals that do not meet minimum standard weight requirements should be removed from the grounds by 4:00 pm Monday. Please see Junior Livestock Association Rules for complete details.
7. All exhibits shall be brought or sent to the Fair at times shown under the various department divisions and sections. NO EXHIBITS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THE DEADLINE. Exhibitors who remove their exhibit before the times stated, except with the written permission of the Directors of the Fair, will NOT receive premiums.
8. Exhibitors are encouraged to compete in as many classes as possible, but shall not have more than one entry in any class; however, the livestock exhibitors may enter not more than two exhibits in any one class except as noted. Each entry shall be the property of exhibitor. Home Economics, crops, and fat stock entries shall have been made, grown, or fed by the exhibitor in the past twelve months. Exhibitors may not enter items which are not listed in the premium book.
9. Reasonable care will be taken to protect all exhibits on display from all injury and damage, but the Fair is not, in any way, to be held responsible for accidents, loss or damage by water, fire, theft, wind, vandalism, malicious mischief, or otherwise, whatever may be the cause or extent of the damage or loss.
10. The committee members reserve the right to decline to receive any entry. Furthermore, the committee reserves the right to bar from competition entries or exhibits of decidedly inferior quality and those not possessing sufficient merit to warrant recognition.
11. Protests concerning interpretation of the rules shall be made to the Board of Directors within 24 hours after alleged incident.
12. The judges are permitted to open and sample all products as necessary for competent judging. Judges may refuse to make an award if, in their judgment, the exhibit is unworthy or they may make an award according to the merit of the exhibit. The decisions of the judges shall be final except where mistakes, fraud, misrepresentation, or collusion, not discovered at the time of award, is charged, in such cases, such person or persons as the Board of Directors may appoint shall make the decision.
13. SOUND SYSTEMS – No public address systems of any type may be used by exhibitors without the express consent of the Lawrence County Fair Board. Exhibitors shall notify Board of any such system and the extent of its use upon filing of this application. Exhibitor agrees to comply completely with the Board’s decision of such use, which decision shall be made on a case by case basis. Permission may be revoked at any time by the Board upon its decision that the system is disruptive in any manner.
14. VIOLATIONS – Violations of the rules, or conduct contrary to the best interest of Lawrence County Fair will not be permitted. Exhibitors or others who persist in such violations or conduct will be asked to remove their exhibits and to leave the Fair property. No fee or charges will be refunded nor premiums paid in such cases.
15. During the judging, buildings – except livestock arenas – are closed to everyone except judges, officials of the Fair or Pennsylvania Fair Fund, and the necessary attendants. Interference with Judges will not be permitted. Interfering exhibitors, including immediate family members, will be barred from competition.
16. Any artificial means, other than normal fitting practices, used to change the form or shape of an animal will disqualify it. The Fair Board reserves the right to test any animal’s milk, saliva, urine, or blood for the presence of non-approved substances.
17. USE CAUTION WHEN FITTING YOUR ANIMALS. Be sure to use only grooming products that have been approved for use on meat and dairy animals when fitting your animals for show. Unapproved products may contain ingredients that result in unacceptable residue in the meat or milk. If you are not certain that a product is residue safe and approved for use on meat or dairy animals, DO NOT USE IT! ***IMPORTANT*** If upon slaughter treatment with drugs, biologics, or any chemical from fitting products, is the cause of condemnation of a carcass, the loss of the carcass and any other damages will be borne by the exhibitor.
18. Exhibitors are responsible for marking their exhibits by the use of entry tags or cards which clearly identify the type or nature of exhibit. The Fair will supply tags or cards. Exhibitors are to use the permanent exhibitor number which the Fair assigns. Use of invalid exhibitor numbers may result in forfeiture of premiums. New exhibitors may obtain numbers from the Premium Office before the Fair. Please notify the office of a change of name or address. Ribbons must be placed on or over the winning exhibits and displayed so they may be readily recognized by the viewers. EXHIBITORS WHO DO NOT DISPLAY RIBBONS PROPERLY WILL FORFEIT THEIR PREMIUMS. Ribbons which are lost or destroyed will be replaced at the close of the Fair. Requests for replacement should be made to the exhibit committee before the exhibit is removed.
19. While it is the full intent of the Directors to pay all premiums as announced and won by exhibitors, in the event that the receipts from the Fair are not sufficient to meet all expenses and to pay all premiums, the Directors reserve the right to pay premiums on a pro-rata basis, in full discharge of premium obligations. These provisions shall not apply to awards and premiums offered by others. CHECKS NOT CASHED WITHIN 60 DAYS WILL BECOME PROPERTY OF THE FAIR.
20. Unauthorized vehicle traffic will not be permitted on the fairgrounds after 11:00 AM. This includes bicycles, motorbikes, delivery vans & ATVs.
21. Persons using alcohol or other controlled substances will be expelled from the grounds. Minors caught drinking will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
22. All persons shall leave the Fairgrounds by midnight or within 30 minutes after the close of the last show for the day, whichever occurs later, except those persons assisting with the Fair or with exhibits or displays.
23. All persons spending the night on the fairgrounds including those staying in RVs, campers or tents MUST be registered on the camping application or added to said application by contacting the Fair office. All permit holders should report to the fair office before parking. Camping permit must be prominently displayed. All occupants of the unit must purchase a weekly pass. A dump station is available for the disposal of black and/or gray water. Please contact the fair office for assistance. Dump fee $20.00. Leaking/dripping black or gray water lines or valves is strictly prohibited. Immediate cessation of the leak by any means is required. The fair has zero tolerance for the illegal dumping of black or gray water and doing so is cause for dismissal from the grounds. Potable water hose/line may continue to remain connected provided no leaks are present and a back-flow prevention device is installed.
24. Campers who wish to reserve a specific space must return the application and fee by July 15, 2017. Otherwise, spaces will be assigned as they are available. Campers may not be set up prior to 9:00 am on the Thursday prior to the fair. Campers must be removed from the grounds on the Monday immediately after the Fair. Violation of these policies constitutes a charge of $50 per day.
1. No campers over 32′ in length are permitted in camping areas #2 & #3. Campers over 32′ in length are permitted in areas #1, #4 & #5.
2. Open campfires are permitted only within a fire ring.
3. No excessive noise after 11:00 pm. Repeated violations is cause for removal.
4. Only one vehicle permitted per campsite as space allows. Cart-ways must be maintained between rows in the event of an emergency. All other vehicles must park in designated parking lots.
5. Air conditioners are prohibited in areas #2, #3, & #5.
25. BICYCLES are not permitted on the grounds except those competing in the bicycle race on Wednesday morning. Bikes must be WALKED to and from the Grandstand for the race.
26. MINORS MAY NOT STAY OVERNIGHT ON THE FAIRGROUNDS UNLESS THEY ARE STAYING WITH THEIR PARENTS. However, persons 12 years of age and over, who are 4-H / FFA members, may stay as caretakers of livestock, provided they have an exhibitor pass obtained from the Fair on their person at all times and written permission from their parents. AFTER MIDNIGHT, ABSOLUTELY NO ONE WILL BE PERMITTED TO ENTER THE FAIRGROUNDS WITHOUT AN EXHIBITOR PASS WHICH MUST BE ON THEIR PERSON, NOT LEFT IN THE VEHICLE OR AT THE CAMPER SITE. SECURITY OFFICIALS WILL BE CHECKING FOR THAT PASS AND IF YOU DO NOT HAVE ONE, YOU WILL BE ESCORTED OFF THE PREMISES BY THE SECURITY GUARD.
27. Absolutely no pets will be permitted on the Fairgrounds at any time. Violators will be asked to remove the pet immediately. The only exception is service dogs.
28. All livestock entered for premiums must have been the property of the exhibitor for at least thirty days before the first day of the Fair. Livestock shown in breeding classes must be registered purebred animals. Original registration papers (not photostatic copies) will be checked by the Fair Committee before Judging takes place. NO SIGNED TRANSFERS ACCEPTED. All livestock shall be identified as specified by the breed or registry association. Sheep must wear the ear tags of their respective registry association. All animals registered in associations requiring tattoos must have legible tattoos.
29. All livestock exhibitors must furnish all feed and bedding for their stock and must bring feed mangers and water buckets. No paper bedding; no sawdust for swine; no carpet for sheep. Straw and bailed pine shavings are acceptable for swine. No more than 6” of sawdust shall be used under the beef and dairy animals. ALL SHEEP, SWINE AND GOATS MUST HAVE WATER AT ALL TIMES!
30. Champion awards will be awarded only if there is competition within the breed or division.
31. Exhibitors will be expected to display or parade their animals as directed by the committee; to accept the stall assigned without controversy; to keep their animals in attractive appearance; to keep the space they occupy in a clean and sanitary condition. All animals must be shown in the show ring in order to receive premiums.
32. Livestock exhibitors and participants in events in the arena or the 4-H horse show ring should enter the grounds at the designated gate from Bodziach Road on the west side of the Fairgrounds.
33. All exhibitors shall have aisles cleaned in front of their pens, animals fed and watered by 10:00 AM or cleaning and feeding costs will be deducted from their premiums.
34. Vehicles may be parked in the Livestock barn area only for loading and unloading, then must be moved promptly to a parking area.
35. Storing of feed and/or bedding supplies above pens is not permitted in the Hog and Sheep barn. Freestanding displays are allowed.
36. Good Housekeeping Awards for OPEN livestock exhibitors will be made on the following scoring basis:
Cleanliness of animals 15
Keeping all equipment sanitary and neat 10
Cleanliness of bedding 15
Entry card and ribbons displayed with animal 20
Keeping aisles clean 15
Courtesy to people 15
Keeping grain, hay and feed presentable 10
These awards are available to OPEN exhibitors or families with five or more dairy cattle, beef cattle, goats or sheep. Premiums will be awarded Tuesday through Friday.
Daily Awards……………..$4 $3 $2
Cumulative Awards…….$6 $5 $4
ANIMALS ARE NOT PERMITTED ON THE ROADWAYS
GUIDELINES FOR CARE OF ANIMALS
It is the responsibility of each exhibitor to care for animals in a manner that is responsible and ethical. Following are some guidelines for the treatment of animals exhibited at the show.
1. Restraining Animals
a. Animals should be tied or penned in a manner that will not hurt the animal or restrict its breathing in any way.
b. Animals should be tied so that all four feet are firmly on the ground and they have enough room to stand comfortably and lie down.
c. Animals should be tied so that they are unable to injure animals tied nearby.
d. Animals unaccustomed to each other should not be penned together.
2. Handling — Any type of rough handling which could harm the animal is prohibited. The use of whips, canes, and show sticks should be restricted to showing only and then be used only to guide the animals, not punish them. Remember, animals will respond quicker and better to quiet, gentle handling, than loud, rough handling.
3. Bedding — All animals should have bedding that is dry and clean. Pens should be cleaned regularly to keep the animals clean and comfortable. If non-traditional bedding such as carpeting is used, it should be regularly cleaned (at least twice daily) to keep the pen free from manure.
4. Feeding & Water — Animals should be well fed and have access to clean water regularly. Realizing that many market animals must have restricted amounts of feed to meet the animal’s basic requirements, animals not allowed reasonable access to feed and water will be disqualified from the show.
5. Transportation — Animals should be transported in a way that is both safe and considerate of the animal’s well-being.
6 Blanket/Sweat Collars — Any type of material such as blankets or sweat collars should be large enough to permit normal body functions such as breathing, eating, drinking or lying down.
7. Health — It is the responsibility of the exhibitor to provide proper health care for their animals through routine inspection and consultation with health care professionals. The improper or illegal use of drugs or antibiotics is prohibited. If medication is indicated, be sure to follow the label directions and allow more than the stated withdrawal time.