Marshall County Fair Inc. 2020 Rules and Regulations DOWNLOAD A PDF

Marshall County Fair Inc.
2020 Rules and Regulations


  1. FFA, 4-H, and Open Class entries must be turned in by July 11, 2020. Entries not submitted on time will be ineligible for competition.
  3. NO ANIMAL WILL BE UNLOADED UNTIL VET CHECKED-Have your papers in order and ready for the veterinarian as you enter the exhibitor’s gate. Arrival times for animals are as follows. Saturday 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday 7 a.m. – 12 noon
  4. All animals are due on the grounds by Sunday July 19, 2020 at NOON.
  5. All non-market animals will be released on Sunday, July 26, 2020 at 6 a.m. Also, any market animals being hauled by the purchaser will be released on Sunday after 6 a.m. Anyone taking animals out prior to release forfeits premiums and may face exclusion from the fair the following year.
  6. Each breeding animal may be shown in one classification only—The same animal cannot be shown in the youth class and shown again in Open Class.
  7. Failure to show these open class entries (unless under extreme medical emergency) will result in forfeiture of present and future fair passes.
  8. Open class youth exhibitors will receive one free pass. Adult open class exhibitors will receive one free pass per address, not per exhibitor. These passes are nonride passes.
  9. Any animal deemed sick or potentially infectious during the course of the fair will be immediately removed from the fairgrounds. This decision will be made by fairboard officials in consultation with livestock club advisors.
  10. Any premium not cashed within sixty days of the close of the fair will be forfeited.


The Marshall County Fair Board of Directors reserves the final and absolute right to interpret these rules and regulations and to arbitrarily settle and determine all matters, questions, or differences in regard thereto, or otherwise arising out of, connected with or incident to the Marshall County Fair. It further reserves the right to determine and to withdraw all premium offerings in all departments should any emergency exist and circumstances demand. In the event of conflict between the general rules and the special rules governing the various departments, the special rules take precedent.

  1. Every article or animal entered for competition or exhibit shall be under the control of the superintendent of each division. The Association will not be responsible for any loss or damage suffered by an exhibitor or a concessionaire. The owner of an exhibit or the operator of a concession assumes all responsibility of injury or damage to the general public caused by this exhibit or concession.
  2. 4-H and FFA Exhibits will be released from 10am-noon on Sunday, July 29, 2018.
  3. The Chevron Building Exhibits will be released at 10am on Sunday, July 29, 2018.
  4. Entries in all exhibits must be made with regard to any exhibit or any interference with the judges in performance of their duties will be cause for excluding these exhibits from competition. The superintendent or his assistant of each department will be on hand to direct the placing of exhibits.
  5. Articles entered as displays or grouped cannot be entered singly. Note: Premiums will be paid on recommendation of the Superintendent of that particular class.
  6. No person shall put any bill, note, or other papers outside of their prescribed exhibit space except by special permission of the Directors.
  7. Any exhibitor or concessionaire acting in an uncouth or discourteous manner, refusing to comply with regulations of the management may be expelled from the grounds without reimbursement. Exhibits belonging to such exhibitors may be barred from competition, Concessions owned by such persons or who employ such persons may be expelled from the grounds without reimbursement.
  8. All animals must be in compliance with the sanitary regulations and health requirements of the Department of Agriculture of the State of West Virginia. All animals entered may not leave the grounds and return unless recommended by a veterinarian for medical reasons and are rechecked upon reentry.
  9. 4-H & FFA Exhibits (except animals) are to be in between 9 a.m. and 12 noon on Saturday July 21, 2018.
  10. All open class exhibits including the Exhibit Hall are to be in between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday July 21, 2018. Judging in the Exhibit Hall will occur on Sunday July 22, 2018.
  11. All animals in open class will be assessed an entry fee per head per class. No open class entries will be accepted after the entrydeadline.
  12. No articles will be allowed to compete for premiums this year that have taken premiums before. Any article contrary to this order will simply be ruled out.
  13. The current rate for a camping spot for the fair is $225 which includes two one week passes.
  14. Fairground entrances may be locked at 12 midnight each night of the fair.
  16. No motorcycles, ATVs or bicycles are allowed on the grounds.
  17. Exhibit halls will be open Monday through Saturday.
  18. All entries must be accompanied by complete name and address to be eligible for prize money. Forms for these will be available from the Superintendents when placing the exhibits on display
    Exhibitors will be responsible for seeing that Superintendents have the information needed before leaving the area.
  19. It will be the duty of Superintendents to receive all animal or articles from exhibitors in their department and place them in their proper positions, to have the report properly signed by judge(s) and returned to the fair treasurer ASAP after the judging is completed.
  20. Due to the already congested campground, dog owners are discouraged from bringing dogs to be housed in the campers. If, however, someone does bring a dog it must be kept on the owner’s lot. Dog waste is to be picked up immediately. Dogs are not to be tied out and never turned loose. The only dogs allowed out on the grounds are dogs to be shown during the time necessary for showing.
  21. There are to be no livestock animals in the fairgrounds—walking and washing must occur in the barn areas.
  22. No backpacks or coolers. Everyone will be checked at the entrance gate.
  23. No parking in barn areas. Deliveries are to occur before 10 a.m. After this time all vehicles must be moved to designed parking areas.
  24. Absolutely no smoking in barns. Violation will result in dismissal from grounds without refund.
  25. Overnight sleeping is to be only in campers in designated camper spots. Exhibitors are not permitted to sleep in barns—any one staying overnight must be registered in a camper.
  26. Livestock trailers must be kept in the designated parking area—no livestock trailers are permitted in the camp grounds.
  27. *denotes only a rosette award, no money.
  28. Only one exhibitors fair pass may be awarded to an individual (i.e. A fair queen who receives a pass will not receive one for livestock.
  29. Golf carts, side by sides etc are for business only. No joy riding. No more on board than there are seats. Permits may be obtained for necessary medical reasons to bring a personal ride Proof of insurance is to be registered at the office. Anyone who uses fairboard golf carts without permission will be asked to leave the grounds with discipline to carry over to the next year. Personal rides are not to go beyond the office toward the barns unless being used to haul feed and must be taken out of the area after delivery.
  30. Anyone causing any disturbance may be asked to leave the grounds immediately and not return for the week with no reimbursement.
  31. Exhibitor forfeits all premiums not cashed within sixty days of the close of the fair.

Effective April 8, 2019

Marshall County Youth Livestock Shows Special Rules Rules/Regulations:

Entries made in the Youth Livestock Show shall be subject to and each exhibitor agrees to abide by the General Rules, Youth Livestock Show Special Rules, WVDA rules, and any applicable special requirements. The Special Rules apply to Beef, Dairy, Goat, Horse, Rabbit, Sheep and Swine Junior Shows at the Marshall County Fair. Participation: Eligible Exhibitors:

1. Participation in the Youth Livestock Shows is limited to Marshall County residents* only, who are members in good standing of a Marshall County 4-H Club or Marshall County FFA Chapter. *Primary County Residence will be determined by one custodial parent or legal guardian or the member being eligible to be registered to vote in Marshall County. The Marshall County Fair Board reserves the right to ask for proof of residency or membership.

2. Any “out of county” participant who is a current member in good standing of a Marshall County 4-H Club or FFA Chapter AND who participated in a Marshall County Fair 4-H and FFA Livestock contest at the 2016 Fair will be considered “grandfathered” for the duration of their youth eligibility years provided that participation in Marshall County Fair Youth Livestock Shows is continuous during this time.

Effective September 13, 2016

Exhibition Privilege: Each exhibitor and his or her parent or guardian acknowledges (1) that participation in the Show is a privilege which the Fair Board may revoke at any time should such exhibitor violate any of the Show rules and (2) that the Fair Board Livestock Show Panel shall have the final and absolute authority to interpret and enforce these rules and to settle and determine all matters, questions, and differences in regard thereto, or otherwise arising out of or connected with or incident to the Show, and to add to these rules as the Fair Board Livestock Panel shall deem necessary.

Standards of Conduct: The officials of the Marshall County Fair Youth Shows are dedicated to the promotion of high standards of competition, sportsmanship, ethics, and fair play. Each exhibitor is expected to strictly follow these rules and to conduct himself/herself in a manner that will reflect respect upon the exhibitor, his or her school, organization, and parents.

Failure to follow any general or specialty fair rules, falsification of entries, inhumane or inappropriate treatment of animal, failure to take appropriate care of animals or any other behavior or action deemed inappropriate by the Fair Board Livestock Panel by either the exhibitor or his/her parent/guardian will be subject to sanctions by the Fair Board Livestock Panel. The Fairboard Livestock Panel referred to in this document will include the Fair board President, 4-H Extension agent or designee, FFA Advisor or designee, and two fair board members appointed by the President. Decisions of this panel are final. Sanctions may include, but not be limited to withholding of premiums, disqualification from the present show, and banning from future fairs and shows.

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