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4H Rules and Regulations

WSU Extension Office (360)778-5178
1000 N. Forest Street Bellingham, WA

Agents: Michael Wallace, Youth
Chris Benedict, Agriculture
Drew Betz, Family Living
Sue Blake, Water Resources
Brenda Dunford, 4H Program Coordinator

All entries must be registered on-line. This will be required for all exhibits and exhibitors that are entered in the fair. If you don’t have access to a computer, then the library is your best option. There will also be a computer available for use at the fair office during normal business hours.

Cloverbuds 5-7 years of age (were Primary)
Junior 8-10 years of age
Intermediate 11-13 years of age
Senior 14 to less than 19 years of age

1. All 4-H livestock (beef, cat, dairy, dog, goat, horse, llama/alpaca, poultry, rabbit, sheep, and swine) entry forms are due in the Fair office or must be entered on-line by July 25 th. lf July 25th falls on a weekend, entries will be accepted in the Fair office on the following Monday without penalty. Late entries will be charged a fee of $25.00 per head through July 31 st. After July 31 st late entries may not be accepted. If registration papers are required they must be in by July 31 st or a late fee of $10.00 per animal will be charged. Registration papers may be mailed, faxed or dropped off in person at the Fair office.

2. Check the Exhibitor’s Guide/Premium Book for entry due dates in all other departments. Horse entries are due to show committee by July 1 st.

3. Fair Management will not be responsible for loss or damage to any exhibit or for any accident during the Fair.

4. All departments will be under the supervision of competent superintendents.

5. Only members who are currently enrolled in 4-H are eligible to exhibit in the 4-H departments. The exhibit must represent the labor and ability of the 4-H member entering the exhibit. Exhibits must be made during the current 4-H year as part of the member’s 4-H project. No school projects.

6. All entries will be judged under the Danish System which is a group system of awards. The judge has the privilege of putting as many items or animals as they see fit in each grouping. Should no entry be worthy of a first, second or third place, no award will be made.

7. Only one entry is permitted by each exhibitor in each lot, except where specified.

8. 4-H members may compete only in those projects in which they are enrolled. Members simultaneously enrolled in 4-H and FFA must have separate projects or animals for each program during the same calendar year. The 4-H program year is October 1 to September 30. For example: a member may carry a dairy project for each FFA and 4-H as long as he or she uses a different animal and project for each program. The goal of both organizations is youth education. Involvement in both programs should result in the enhancement of the educational experience.

9. Judging teams will be admitted on judging days when accompanied by their 4-H leader or by a 4-H superintendent. Apply at office.

10. All exhibits are to remain for the duration of the Fair and cannot be moved or removed before the time set for release. See individual department listings for the release times. If removed before specified times the exhibitor will forfeit all premiums.

11. Sick animals will be released only by a veterinarian or the Superintendent.

12. Medications may be given only with the permission of the Superintendent and under the care of a veterinarian. Veterinary services and medications must be paid for by exhibitor.

13. One leader from each 4--H club will be allowed to pick up the passes needed for that club before the Fair opens. 4-H and worker passes are available only to persons whose presence is required every day.

14. As a 4-H participant, you are on exhibit to other 4-H members and the public. Behavior and appearance that show pride and respect for you and the 4-H organization is expected of all 4-H exhibitors. Courteous, appropriate language is expected at all times. Wearing clean, appropriate clothing while at the Fair is part of your participant responsibility.

15. Any 4H member smoking in or about the barns will forfeit their premiums to the Fair and may be discharged from the Fair.

16. Any 4H member guilty of drinking alcoholic beverages or using drugs on the fairgrounds or parking lots will be barred from all 4-H events and forfeit premiums to the Fair.

17. Cloverbud 4-H members, ages 5 to 7 years old, may exhibit only in Division 20, Primary Member Exhibits. No exceptions. Cloverbud members do not receive premiums but do receive ribbons.

18. The definition of Novice is a contestant in 4-H and in his or her first year in showing a specific species regardless of their age.

19. Saturday night after 9 p.m. each livestock exhibitor must clean their own stall(s) to the floor. This includes removing all duct tape, etc. that you have used in your stall area.

20. Any display that has been shown previously will need Superintendent approval.

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