All participants must follow Ohio Department of Agriculture Exhibition Rules.
ALL 4-H AND FFA MEMBERS ARE REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE IN LIVESTOCK SKILLATHON FOR THEIR ANIMAL PROJECT PRIOR TO THE FAIR. MEMBERS ARE NOTIFIED OF THIS SCHEDULE.
All Junior Fair Livestock must be in the possession of the exhibitor by each department’s deadline date. The animal’s housing location must be declared on each of the respective registration forms. Animals must be under the care of the member and can only be housed on the family’s property. “Family” means the immediate family of an exhibitor, including but not limited to the exhibitor’s parent, step-parent, foster parent, grandparent, step-grandparent, foster grandparent, brother, sister, step-brother, step-sister, half-brother, half-sister, son, daughter, step-son, step-daughter, or guardian. If a member is unable to keep their project animal on their property and do not have a “family” member that can keep their project animal, the member must complete a Housing Exception Form to be filled out and returned with the registration form. Each form will be considered by the Junior Fair Livestock Committee for approval. After each department’s registration deadline date, random spot checks will be made by Senior Fair Board members and Junior Fair Livestock Committee members to assure that animals are tagged properly. Anyone knowingly switching or replacing animals after the possession date will be disqualified from showing or selling at the Belmont County Junior Fair during the current year. These random spot checks may occur until time of fair.
ALL MARKET LIVESTOCK AND LACTATING DAIRY CATTLE AND DAIRY GOATS ANIMAL EXHIBITORS MUST ATTEND A QUALITY ASSURANCE TRAINING SESSION TO BE ELIGIBLE TO EXHIBIT AND SELL AT THE BELMONT COUNTY FAIR. ALL BELMONT COUNTY YOUTH MUST HAVE LIVESTOCK QUALITY ASSURANCE CERTIFICATION BY JULY 1, 2016.
ALL YOUTH EXHIBITING A MARKET OR LACTATING DAIRY CATTLE AND DAIRY GOAT ANIMAL MUST COMPLETE A DRUG USE NOTIFICATION FORM IN ORDER TO EXHIBIT AND SELL AT THE BELMONT COUNTY FAIR. THESE FORMS ARE TO BE TURNED IN AT THE WEIGH-INS ON TUESDAY OF THE FAIR.
Outstanding Project Knowledge Awards (OPK)
- Only youth who attend regular judging day are eligible for OPK.
- All members receiving 100 points will be awarded OPK.
- The top 10% of total number of youth in project area (and/or including all 100 point scores) will be awarded, yet only youth receiving grades of 95 or above will be considered for OPK.
- Jr. and Sr. categories will be used for scoring purposes in all species except swine which also has an intermediate category.
- Awards will be announced during each Junior Fair species show.
- ALL LIVESTOCK EXHIBITORS ARE REQUIRED TO BRING AN UP-TO-DATE PROJECT BOOK, RECORDS AND A ONE PAGE REPORT TELLING WHAT YOU HAVE DONE AND LEARNED THROUGH YOUR PROJECT TO LIVESTOCK SKILLATHON.
All clipping, grooming, and shearing must be done prior to animals arrival at the fairgrounds. No artificial color, adhesive, enhancers, etc. may be used in preparing market animals for the fair. Market animals should be washed and brushed only. If anyone is found guilty of this offense, he/she will be penalized by being ineligible to show (including showmanship) and sell that species of animal the present year and will be ineligible to bring any animal to the fair the following year. 4-H/FFA members preparing for Breeding Classes will not be restricted from grooming or clipping their animals. It is required that the member be present and actively participating in preparing project animal(s) they are going to show. For clarification, see specifics rules that pertain to your species.
If an animal is weighed and it does not make weight:
- Animal is taken off scale.
- Zero scale.
- No feed or water can be given to the animal.
- Animal must not leave area (DOES NOT go back to barn or trailer)
- Animal can then be weighed again – ONE TIME ONLY.
Animals not making weight will be disqualified from showing in any market class. All underweight animals may have the option to stay at the fair (except market hogs, see Division 5 Swine.). If they stay at the fair, they must be shown in the showmanship classes, but they may not sell at the Junior Fair Livestock Sale, and must remain on the fairgrounds until specified release times (see Rule #6).
For 4-H and FFA Members
- All Junior Fair livestock may also be entered in their respective open classes, if applicable. Open class entry form, page 38, must be sent to: Debi Ault, P.O. Box 704, St. Clairsville, Ohio 43950 – Secretary of the Senior Fair Board. Regular entry fees will be charged.
- All Junior Fair livestock must be registered by 4:30 p.m., August 1, 2016 on forms available from the Ohio State University Extension Office.
- Late livestock entries will be accepted, with a fee, in Junior Fair categories until 4:30 p.m. August 15, 2016, if space is available. A $10 fee will be charged for each junior fair livestock entry turned in after 4:30 p.m. on August 1, 2016, but during the fair entry grace period (after 4:30 p.m. August 1 – August 15 by 4:30 p.m.). One entry is equal to one exhibit, example: one market steer, one market goat, one pen of three market rabbits, or one horse. NO entries will be accepted after 4:30 p.m. on August 15.
- Regularly enrolled members of Belmont County 4-H clubs, organized and conducted under the supervision of the Ohio State University Extension and Belmont County FFA members are eligible to exhibit in this department. A member must not have passed his/her 19th birthday on January 1, of the current year to be eligible. If individual livestock entries are submitted by the end of the fair entry grace period, members will not lose individual livestock premiums.
- All Junior Fair Market Animals, excluding rabbits and poultry, must be in place by Tuesday, September 6 by 8:00 a.m. All other Junior Fair Animal Exhibits must be in place by 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 6.
- Animals sold through the Livestock Sale and market hogs (see Division 5-Swine) are released from the grounds from 12:00 midnight, Friday, September 9 thru 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 10. Any animals not removed from the grounds during that time frame, must follow other animal release times, which are as follows: All other livestock are permitted to leave the grounds between the hours of 12:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 11. Any livestock not off the grounds by 10:00 a.m. must remain on the fairgrounds and will be released at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 11. Violation will result in the individual forfeiting his/her project premium and exclusion from exhibiting in Junior Fair the following year. Exhibitors are responsible for hauling animals donated back to them. Special traffic patterns will be posted at the fair to ensure a safe and efficient release of livestock during the early morning release time. Conflicts about release times will be reviewed and ruled on by Senior Fair Board Livestock Superintendent and/or Assistant Superintendent.
- All animals must be shown by owner unless WRITTEN permission is given by an Extension Educator, for another Belmont County Junior Fair member to show animal. Except in the case where a member has 2 or more animals in the same class, then another Belmont County Junior Fair member may show the second animal without written permission.
- NO assistance from adults, except in emergency. This also applies to showmanship classes. Each exhibitor is encouraged to it their own animal.
- Animals to be replaced (sick or die):
- Advisors must submit a signed statement of proof of loss.
- Advisors must give approval before animal can be replaced.
- No replacement will be given after the following dates:
- June 1 – Steers
- July 15 – Lambs, Goats, and Hogs
- August 4 – Rabbits and Poultry
- August 25 – Horses (must be replaced by registered replacement horse)
- Veterinarian’s statement must be given in case of sickness or death of an animal for replacement.
- Animals can be purchased or replaced by another animal weighed in and owned by another sibling as a result of death of animal before replacement dates.
- No animals or tack can be put in barns before Sunday, September 4, at 5:00 p.m. There is no restriction on when tack can be taken from the barn, but no vehicles can be driven up to the barn between 10 a.m. and 5:p.m. on any day.
- Junior Fair stall assignments are assigned by Junior Fair Board Directors assigned to each barn department. Failure to house your animal(s) in assigned space will result in forfeit of premium. No stalls are to be switched unless done by a Junior Fair Board Director or Department Advisor.
- Underweight market animals will not be shown in market classes or sell at the fair.
- Market animals are to remain in the care of the exhibitor until it is removed from the fairgrounds. ALL premiums will be forfeited for failure to feed and water animal daily and clean stall. In extreme cases, exhibitor may be banned from exhibiting the following year at the Belmont County Fair.
- All Junior Fair livestock exhibitors are to clean stalls/pens to the ground before leaving the fairgrounds on Sunday evening. Exhibitors must have their stall checked by a Junior Fair Board Director or Advisor, from their barn, before leaving. Failure to clean stalls/pens will result in forfeiture of Junior Fair livestock premiums.
- All animals taken to the fair must be entered in a class.
- All first place winners in all livestock classes, except horses, are to compete for Champion or Grand Champion. Remaining first place winners plus second place winner of class producing a Champion are to compete for Reserve Champion or Reserve Grand Champion.
- All Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion market hogs, market steers and market lambs must go directly to a state inspected slaughter house or to the sale barn and then directly to a state inspected slaughter house.
- Premium money will be paid to all Junior Fair Livestock exhibitors for projects COMPLETED AND EXHIBITED. If a member has more than one animal in a project area, only one premium will be awarded except for breeding projects.
- All Junior Fair Beef and Dairy Cattle must be secured with a neck rope. Failure to comply with this rule will mean the animal must be removed immediately from the fairgrounds.
- All Junior Fair animals must comply with health regulations and requirements outlined in this book. Exhibitors must have health papers with them to show upon request to the fair veterinarians and at the judge’s discretion. Check with your veterinarian.
- If more than 10 entrants in Showmanship Classes, the class may be divided.
- It is recommended that all Junior Fair exhibitors show animals be dressed in appropriate attire and be neat and clean in appearance. No advertisement of any kind will be allowed in the show ring.
- Two Clean Stall ribbons will be awarded in each barn daily including show days. Winners receive a $2.00 premium each time the award is won.
- NO STRAW WILL BE FURNISHED FOR THE FAIR – YOU MUST FURNISH
- Only the current Junior, Intermediate, Senior Showmanship winners are eligible to compete in Master Showmanship. All Junior, Intermediate, Senior and Master Showmanship winners will return to their appropriate showmanship age division class the following year. All Junior, Intermediate, and Senior Showmanship Classes will be placed 1-3. The 1st – 3rd place winner will each receive a rosette.
- Members can show another person’s animal in showmanship classes with the consent of the owner if there are unforeseen circumstances such as sickness of animal resulting in the animal being sent home, etc., and fair entry forms have been submitted to the Extension of ice by the deadline. (This rule does not pertain to horses).
- Once an exhibitor enters a class with an animal for showmanship, he/she may not switch animals for the class.
- All members competing in the State Fair events are strongly encouraged to compete in the county fair competition.
- The official fair veterinarian will have the final decision in what are horns and what are scurs, and what stays on the fairgrounds and what is to be taken back home.
- Livestock sold by private agreement MUST remain on the fairgrounds until specified release times on Sunday (see Rule #6). Only exception is for market hogs, which may leave with Livestock Sale Committee haulers at 12:00 midnight on Friday September 9. Only Market Hogs over 190 pounds may sell. All hogs must go to the sale barn marked for slaughter or directly to slaughter as this is a terminal sale. Terminal Hogs not going through the Junior Fair Livestock Sale, must complete a kill slip and return to the Senior Fair Board Livestock Superintendent by 8:00 p.m. on Thursday evening, or market hogs will be sent to auction marked for slaughter in the exhibitor’s name.
- Only livestock entered in a bona ide market class will be eligible for sale.
- In case of an emergency ( lat-tire, accident, etc.) on your way to fair weigh-in, call the Senior Fair Board Of ice at 695-5059 to advise the Senior Fair Board Livestock Superintendent of your situation and let them know you will be late for weigh-in. Situations will be reviewed by the Senior Fair Board Livestock Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent for approval.
- All exhibitors must have all livestock removed and stalls cleaned by 6:30 p.m. on Sunday or fair premiums will be forfeited.
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