General Fair Rules

  1. All exhibits are entered at owner’s risk. Neither the Lee County Fair Association or Lee County Extension will assume liability for lost or damaged exhibits.
  2. Lee Co. Extension Staff and Fair Association members reserve the right to remove any exhibitor or exhibit.
  3. All judges decisions are FINAL!
  4. Exhibits may enter the fairgrounds between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Wednesday and between 8 and 11am on Thursday. Arrival before 3pm on Wednesday is prohibited unless authorized by the Fair Association and the Department Superintendent. Non livestock projects will be left at exhibitors risk on Wednesday.
  5. All exhibits, both livestock and non-livestock, shall be in place by 11am on Thursday, with these EXCEPTIONS: RABBITS need to be in place by 10pm on Wednesday, and HORSES, CATS & DOGS which need to be in place as specified in their department pages.
  6. Livestock exhibitors shall wear an Exhibitor Number while in the show ring. If you have two entries in a class, an additional card bearing your exhibitor number may be requested at the Fair Office. All animals shall be shown by the owner. If additional help is needed another 4-H youth should be asked.
  7. Department shows that judge both 4-H and Jr. shows on the same day will run the specific 4-H class followed by the Jr. show class. They are two distinct and separate shows. ALL ANIMALS SHALL BE SHOWN BY THE OWNER. If a 4-H livestock exhibitor cannot show their animal, the exhibitor must notify the Extension Office and the species superintendent prior to the fair that they are unable to show their own livestock due to extenuating circumstances. The animals can then be exhibited by another 4-H member.
  8. Judges and Superintendents shall be notified if a 4-Her is unable to exhibit their own non-livestock project with a written statement about what they have done and learned in their project. Members who complete this step should not be penalized for their absence.
  9. Health papers must be stamped by the Fair Veterinarian at the Fair Office at one of the following times: 7-8pm on Wednesday or from 11am to noon on Thursday.
  10. The Department Superintendents will check purebred registration papers. These papers (or copies) must remain on the grounds for the duration of the fair. Animals not registered in the 4-Her or Jr. Show participant’s name may not be shown in registered classes.
  11. All animal exhibits must be owned and have been personally cared for by exhibitor. Exception – horses, ponies, and dogs may be leased but should still be cared for by the exhibitor.
  12. Stall and pens must be kept clean at all times. Waste is to be loaded into spreaders by exhibitors.
  13. All exhibitors are expected to thoroughly clean out their pens and exhibit areas and have approval of superintendent before leaving at the end of the fair.
  14. No alcoholic beverages will be allowed on the grounds by anyone of any age during fair events.
  15. Overnight accommodations for Wednesday—Saturday evenings. Youth under the age of 18, staying overnight must stay in a registered camper in the camping area accompanied by at least one of their parents or an adult chaperone.
  16. Only Livestock exhibitors are allowed to stay overnight in respective barns. All overnighters are required to sign in at office each night with parent approval.
  18. Non-livestock exhibits are released at 4:00pm on Sunday.
  19. Livestock exhibits are released at 5:00pm on Sunday. No trailers are to be brought to barns before 5:00!! Exception—If an animal is ill or uncontrollable, the owner must first inform the superintendent and the fair veterinarian and then move it to another location on the fairgrounds. If the owner wishes to remove the animal from the grounds at this point, it requires the written approval of the fair vet; the department superintendent; and the Fair Association President, Vice President or other designated board member. If the animal is returning to the grounds the next day, it must be back on the grounds by 8am the following morning. If all of these procedures are not adhered to, premiums will be forfeited.
  20. On matters regarding Animal Health Rules, the decision of the Fair Veterinarian is final.
  21. There will be no night guards on Sunday night. Animals left will be at owner’s risk.
  22. In accordance with the Americans Disability Act, if you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact the Lee County Extension office at (815) 857-3525.
  23. No bicycles, skateboards or motorized scooters or vehicles (ATVs, UTVs, golf carts, etc.) may be driven or ridden on the grounds unless approved by the Lee County Fair Association. Submit your request to (815) 857-2603.