Extension Educators in Antelope County in association and cooperation with the Fair Superintendents and 4-H Committee assume responsibility for the conduct and management of the 4-H/FFA Fair. Rules and regulations governing 4-H club work, as outlined by Nebraska Extension, will be followed unless otherwise stated. The 4-H Committee in conjunction with the Fair Board has the right to make additional rules and regulations when needed. In case of dispute, the decision of the judge and superintendent is final. Read rules carefully!
DISCLAIMER OF RESPONSIBILITY FOR EXHIBITS AT FAIR: The Antelope County Fair Board and 4-H Committee accept all exhibits and will exercise due care to protect them while at the fair. However, 4-H/FFA exhibits are entered & displayed at the risk of the 4-H/FFA members. Items of great sentimental and/or monetary value should be carefully considered before being brought to the fair.
4-H & FFA: In a cooperative agreement between the 4-H & FFA programs in Antelope County, youths can exhibit projects under both organizations. 4-H & FFA projects (and/or animals) will be shown together with the exception of horses. Appropriate attire for the organization being represented must be worn. It shall be noted that all youth will follow the rules/regulations as listed in the 4-H Fair book and be eligible for awards. Also note that due to State Fair rules, items selected to represent Antelope County at State Fair must be a 4-H exhibit.
ELIGIBILITY: Exhibitors must be between the ages of 8 and 18 years inclusive as of January 1, of the current year, and must be a 4-H (or FFA) member in Antelope County and enrolled in the project, which they exhibit. There will be no discrimination because of race, color, sex, national origin, or handicap. Anyone can compete in judging contests.
ENTRIES: Entries in Division K are limited to boys and girls belonging to Antelope County 4-H & FFA. 4-H member (or FFA member) who exhibits at other County Fairs cannot exhibit the same article at the Antelope County Fair. Exhibits must be owned or controlled by the 4-H/FFA member under the rules set forth in their project manuals. The exhibit must represent the club member’s work accomplished during the current year. Entries shall be made in the name of the exhibitor, except for group work. When making entries, the exhibitor I.D. number must be included.
* See the schedule for entry dates and times. All exhibits must be pre-entered for the fair (with the exception of horticulture). Proper forms will be mailed to all 4-H & FFA members from the Antelope County Extension Office and corresponding FFA instructor.
* All exhibitors are limited to one exhibit per class unless otherwise stated. Members who have enrolled or exhibited in middle or advanced project may not enroll or exhibit in beginning projects.
* Only articles listed in this book are eligible to receive premium.
RELEASING OF EXHIBITS: 4-H/FFA exhibits will be released from the fair- grounds at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, August 6th. Exhibitors must get permission from the superintendents to remove any exhibits before 2:00 p.m. Exhibitors who remove any exhibits without permission prior to 2:00 p.m. will forfeit all of their premium money.
RIBBONS & PLACINGS: The group system for judging 4-H/FFA exhibits will be followed. Under this method, the judge will designate all exhibits as purple, blue, red, or white. Each exhibit will be rated according to its own degree of merit. Purple will denote superior exhibits, blue will denote excellent exhibits, red will denote good exhibits, & white will denote an acceptable exhibit. When only one exhibitor shows in a class the ribbon awarded will be in accordance with decision of the judge. Blue quality or better is required for champion or trophy designation. Incomplete exhibits will receive a white ribbon.
PREMIUM MONEY: 4-H/FFA exhibitors must pick up their premium money at the designated time frame at the fair. If premium money is not picked up by the end of the fair, it has to be picked up no later than the annual 4-H achievement celebration, which is held at the end of the year in November. 4-H/FFA exhibitor’s premium money that is not picked up by the annual 4-H celebration will be forfeited.
STATE FAIR EXHIBITS: Certain articles prepared by 4-H members will be selected for State Fair competition. The articles that are eligible to show at State Fair are asterisked on the following pages. Name, address, and club must be on the back of each board or article. Extension staff will not be responsible for transporting large items to Grand Island. Due to State Fair regulations, only 4-H exhibits will be selected for State Fair participation. All static exhibits going to State Fair MUST receive a purple at county.
FFA PROJECT GUIDELINES: If students intend to participate in ANY FFA project at the Antelope County Fair (this includes livestock and all other exhibits), they must notify Julia Schwartz in writing of the projects they are taking at the address listed below by June 1.
Proper documentation of FFA animal projects must be mailed to Julia Schwartz, Elgin FFA Instructor, by June 1. If a youth participates in FFA in a Chapter outside of Antelope County they need to obtain tags and I.D. sheets from their respective instructor for projects that do not require early identification. Those animals that require early identification such as market beef and market sheep must identify their FFA projects at these projects respective check-in dates. FFA tags will be sold at these events.
All Antelope County 4-H rules & dates will be the official rules & will be adhered by.
* * NOTES FOR LIVESTOCK EXHIBITORS * *
All Livestock Exhibitors (including showmanship and peewee showmanship) shall check with their superintendent at the time their livestock is entered to make sure their entries are correct. No class entry changes will be permitted after entry check-in deadlines (see schedule).
* As a livestock exhibitor it is your duty to clean up after your animal, this includes manure in the alleyway.
* The same animal may not show as market & breeding (beef and sheep); or breeding and meat (rabbits).
* Animals shown as a 4-H/FFA animal are ineligible to show as an open class animal. (Exception – PeeWee Showmanship.)
Clover Kid Showmanship is limited to 5, 6, & 7 year olds (age by Jan. 1, current yr).
DRESS CODE AND APPEARANCE (including substitute showmen): The required dress for 4-Her’s is an official White OR Grey 4-H t-shirt, or a white blouse with the official 4-H chevron attached, and blue jeans (jeans with holes are NOT allowed). 4-H club t-shirts are not allowed for showing. The required dress for FFA members is an official White or Grey FFA t-shirt. No hats, caps, or other headgear are to be worn in the show ring (exception for horses). Please note that 4-Her’s or FFA members exhibiting BEEF, SHEEP, SWINE, and DAIRY COWS are required to wear hard soled shoes or boots. While hard soled shoes are not required for the cat, dog and small pet shows, exhibitors are required to wear closed toed shoes with non-slip soles.Exhibitors and substitute showmen not adhering to the above rules will be lowered one ribbon placing. Clover Kids do not need official dress.
HORSE EXHIBITORS DRESS CODE: Horse exhibitors will wear a long sleeve white shirt or blouse with convertible collar, a 4-H armband to be worn on the left arm, and dark blue jeans. Hats are required in all horse events except timed events. Two-second rule applies in timed events. Hard soled boots are required. Armbands can be purchased at the Extension Office before the fair (see page 17, NE 4-H Horse Show & Judging Guide, 4-H 373 for complete rules for showing in 4-H Horse Shows).
EARLY RELEASE OF LIVESTOCK: The Antelope County Fair Board Directors require all animals to stay the entire duration of the fair. The Fair Board Directors will review each case separately. If an animal is removed during the fair, ALL premium money will be forfeited.