All exhibitors shall be required to have all open class entries in the hands of the Fair Secretary, Debi Ault, P.O. Box 704 St. Clairsville, OH 43950 and fees paid by 5:00 p.m., Saturday, August 20, 2016. Entries may be made by mailing your entries and fees (postmarked on or before August 20, 2016) or in person at the Secretary’s of ice on the fairgrounds from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday August 18, 19 and 20. Late entries will be accepted at the discretion of the Secretary or Department Superintendent if space is available.
All exhibitors, including Junior Fair members, must purchase a $20.00 membership ticket (if a resident of Belmont County and age 18 or over) or a $21.00 exhibitor ticket (if not a resident of Belmont County and/or under age 18). In addition, entry fees must be paid as listed in Department I, II and III.
Entries once entered upon the books of the Secretary cannot be withdrawn for the purpose of entering the same in another section or class or in the same section or class.
No refunds will be made on entries received.
Members of the same family will not be permitted to compete for the same kind of article without paying an additional entry fee.
Unless otherwise listed, no exhibit is to be entered in the name of any other than the bona ide owner.
None but the department superintendent(s) of the Belmont County Agricultural Society will be permitted to examine the books before premiums are awarded.
In order to protest an entry in either Open Class or Junior Fair, the following guidelines and procedures must be followed. (1) The protest must be submitted in writing to the Department Superintendent within 24 hours of action being protested. (2) Before any further action is taken, a $50 deposit must accompany the written protest. (3) Immediate action will be taken after review of the protest first by Junior Fair Board of Directors (if a Junior Fair entry), then by the Belmont County Agricultural Society’s Board of Directors Executive Committee and then by the Belmont County Agricultural Society Board of Directors for a final decision on the matter. (4) If protester is correct, the $50 deposit will be returned. If protester is ruled incorrect, the $50 deposit becomes the property of the Belmont County Agricultural Society.
EXHIBITS AND JUDGING
Exhibitors shall receive from the secretary a card or cards containing the number and class for entries made. This card(s) is required before exhibits are placed on fairgrounds.
All livestock must be in place on the fairgrounds by 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 6, 2016 No animals or tack can be put in place before 5:00 p.m., Sunday, September 4, 2063.
All Domestic Arts, Horticulture and Grange exhibits must be in place by date and time listed in the rules of each department and/or section of the fair handbook.
Livestock entries may be removed from 12:00 midnight, Saturday, September 10 to 10:00 am, Sunday, September 11. Any livestock remaining on the grounds at 10:00 am, Sunday September 11 must remain on the grounds until 5:00 pm Sunday, September 11. All other exhibits, including commercial and concession displays, must remain in place until 5:00 p.m., Sunday, September 11.
Any exhibitor in open class or junior fair will forfeit premiums and be barred from exhibition at the fair the following year if exhibit removal time is violated without approval of the Belmont County Agricultural Society Board of Directors.
The Department Superintendents and Committees will take every precaution in their power for the preservation of all articles on exhibit after their arrival and arrangement on the grounds, but will not be responsible for loss or damage.
When there is but one exhibitor of several animals or articles in the same class, first, second, or third premium will be awarded according to the merit of the exhibit.
If animal or article is not deemed worthy of premium, the judge will not make the award.
The decision of the judge(s) is final.
It is the duty of the Superintendent of the various departments to assist the awarding committee in finding the articles on exhibition and see that none shall be overlooked.