General Rules, Regulations & Policies


1. All Perry County Fair health regulations and the Ohio Livestock Inspection and Health Regulations as listed elsewhere in this book, must be obeyed.  The Official Fair Veterinarian will have the final decision regarding compliance.

2. No Junior Fair participant may exhibit in more than one Junior Fair unless they are a member of 4-H in one county and FFA in another.  in this situation, they must exhibit different projects.  Example: market beef in one county and market swine in another county.

3. Any youth that has been banned form exhibiting at another county, independent and/or State Fair can not exhibit at the Perry County Fair until their sentence has been served.

4. The same project (still and/or livestock) CAN NOT be entered for more than one youth organization.

5. All exhibitors must comply with all rules, regulations and policies established by the Perry County Fair Board.  In case of doubt, check with the Perry County Fair Board Secretary, Perry County Fair Livestock Chairman, and/or the Perry County Extension Agent.

6. Exhibitors must turn in a legible and completed DUNF form for each market animal.

7. All exhibitors, spectators, and parents must limit comments to the judge. Only questions that seek constructive critique will be allowed.  Any individual whose comments for the judge (before, during or after the fair) that disputes the judge’s decision or seeks to discredit the judge in any way may direct those questions to the department chairperson or other Fair Board member who then will address or contact the judge.  The decision of the judge is final.  No exhibitor shall engage in unsportsmanship like or disorderly conduct.

8.  All exhibits shown at the Perry County Fair must be a bona fide project of the exhibitor for the current year.

9.  To be eligible to exhibit, the exhibitor must not have passed his or her 19th birthday as of January 1 of the year exhibiting.

10. No entry fee will be charged for exhibit entries in the Junior Fair, but all exhibitors must purchase a Junior Fair Exhibitor Wrist Band.


12.  NON-SALE LIVESTOCK ANIMALS will be released on Friday between 9 pm and midnight; and Saturday between 6 am and 9 am.  If they are not removed by 9 am, they must remain until immediately after their portion of the livestock sale is completed.  Any non-sale swine may leave the fairgrounds Thursday between 9 pm and midnight.  Horse projects will be released Friday between 9 am and 6 pm.  All other exhibits must remain until 10 am Sunday.  Violation of this rule will result in forfeiture of any premiums won by the exhibitor and may cause to be banned from the fair.

  • Livestock exhibits properly entered in the Ohio State Fair may be released from the Perry County Fair 24 hour prior to arrival deadline at Ohio State Fair.  Proof of entry to the State Fair that includes a parental signature must be made to the Fair Board Secretary who will notify the appropriate department chairpersons.
  • The Fairboard recommends the quarantine of any animal for 30 days after leaving the fairgrounds.

13. The same 4-H educational exhibit CANNOT be used from a previous year.

14. All entries must be made on official entry forms and channeled through the organization advisor or leader of the exhibitor’s organization.  The advisor or leader will then submit all entries for his or her organization, specifying each project to be exhibited by each member.  The department, class, name of project and member’s name and address must be clearly stated.  The Organization’s name and Advisor’s name(s) must be on the entry form.

15. The number of entries per exhibitor will be limited to two entries per class unless stated otherwise under the department heading.

16. All pre-fair entries for the Junior Fair should be turned in no later than July 1.

17. The chairman of each department will assign each exhibitor an exhibit space appropriate for such exhibit.  The space designated will be final. Exhibitors may not switch exhibit space without prior authorization.

18. Each individual exhibitor shall show his or her own animal(s) in the show ring, unless he or she is unable to do so because of sickness, requirement to show two animals at one time, or because of an animal becoming unruly and unsafe for the individual to show it.  Approval for additional reasons must be secured from the Senior Fair Board prior to the fair.  in such circumstances, the exhibitor shall arrange for another member of their Perry County organization to show the animal.  Where this can not be done, the exhibitor, organization advisor, department chairman and the judge shall determine who shall show the animal. In all cases, the exhibitor is responsible for arranging a showman and the showman must be within Junior Fair age. Failure to do so will mean forfeiting all premium monies, and other benefits that he might otherwise be entitled to.

19. Precautionary measures shall be taken to prevent injury to or theft of exhibits, but the management will not be responsible for loss of or damage to exhibits, exhibitors, or any person at the Fair that may occur.

20. All Junior Fair Premiums will be “A” – Ribbon and $3; “B” – Ribbon and $2; and “C” – Ribbon and $1.  These premiums include funds as appropriated by the Ohio State Department of Agriculture for Junior Fair Awards.  Should these funds not be available, premiums may be reduced accordingly.  Please note: All projects must be exhibited at the fair to receive premiums, ribbons and trophies.  Only awards approved by the Fair Board will be presented at the Fair.

21. Junior Fair exhibitors may pick up their premium money at the Secretary’s Office Friday between the hours of 11 am and 7 pm and Saturday between 11 am and 7 pm. Premiums not picked up by 7 pm. Saturday will be forfeited.

22. The Senior Fair Board reserves the right and privilege to interpret all rules, regulations and policies.

23. Failure to comply with or abide by these rules, regulations and policies shall be cause for forfeiting all premiums and awards and the privilege to exhibit the following year at the Perry County Fair. If premiums and awards have been received before the violation, they shall be returned to the Fair Board Secretary.

24. Only projects listed under the various department headings will be eligible to show at the Perry County Junior Fair unless otherwise approved by the Perry County Fair Board.

25. Coliseum lights will be turned off at midnight during the fair. No one is permitted in the Coliseum between the hours of midnight and 6 am. except the adults on watch.


In addition to the General Rules, Regulations and Policies of the Perry County Junior Fair, the following apply to livestock exhibits and/or exhibitors who must be a current member of a Perry County 4-H Club or student of a Vocational Agriculture Department.

1. All health regulations, as listed elsewhere in this book, must be obeyed.  The Official Fair Veterinarian will have the final decision regarding compliance.

2. A certified veterinarian or representative will check all animals requiring health papers when the animals are brought to their designated tag in dates. Health papers must accompany the animals requiring them to receive ear tags and to show.

3. Exhibitors nay NOT unload the animals until the veterinarian has performed inspection of both animals and health papers.

4. Recognized dairy breeds are: Brown Swiss, Guernsey, Holstein, Ayshire and Jersey.  No crossbreds.  Purebred dairy only.

5. Recognized beef breeds are: Angus, Hereford, Simmental, other Beef Purebreds, and Beef Crossbreds.  NO dairy crossbreds are permitted.

6. Recognized sheep breeds are: Cheviot, Columbia, Corriedale, Dorper, Dorset, Hampshire, Katahdin, Lincoln Merino, Montadale, Oxford, Rambouillet, Shropshire, Southdown, Suffolk and Western-type crossbred.

7. Recognized swine breeds are: Berkshire, Chester White, Duroc, Hampshire, Landrace, OIC, Poland China, Spotted Poland China, Tamworth and Yorkshire.

8. No sexually intact male animals of the beef, dairy feeder, horse, swine or goat breeds are permitted for exhibition.  Market steers, dairy feeders, goats, lambs, and swine must be castrated by their designated tag in dates.

9. Market animals must be beef steers or heifers, dairy feeders steers, swine barrows or gilts, ewe lambs or wethers, goat does or wethers. Each species will be shown in weight classes regardless of breed or sex.

10. All naturally horned cattle must be de-horned by their designated tag-in dates and healed by fair to be eligible for show or sale.

11. No animal shown in the breeding classes may be shown in the market class.

12. All animals in each class will be judged on the quality basis and given a grade “A”, “B”, or “C” by the judge.  Junior fair premiums will be “A” – $3; “B” – $2; “C” – $1.

13. Each animal will be judged as it compares with the standard of the breed and not one animal against another.

14. Champions and reserve champions for each breed will chosen from the top two animals of each class.

15. Grand Champion and Reserve Champion trophies if available will be awarded to all breeds as listed under the respective departments in this premium book.

16. The trophies will be presented to the winners at the time of judging.

17. Market swine, goats, beef, dairy feeders and lambs will be weighed at 8 am. Monday.  It is the exhibitor’s responsibility to make sure the appropriate animal(s) get weighed in.

18. No sick, diseased or unthrifty livestock, poultry or rabbits may be presented for exhibit.  All animals must comply with the regulations established by the Division of Animal Industry, Ohio Department of Agriculture, regarding inspection and Health certificates for animals being exhibited at State, County and Independent fairs.  Their regulations are published elsewhere in this book.

19. The Perry County Fair Board will provided pens or tie-stalls. The exhibitor must provide all bedding.

20. Each individual exhibitor shall be solely responsible for the feed, care, grooming, fitting for show, and management of his or her animals during the entire fair.

21.  All Junior Fair animals (except horses) must be legally owned by (as evidenced by bill of sale or registration papers) by the exhibitor or their immediate family.  Exhibitor and family attest to the sold custody and control of the animal since the animal’s birth or the date the animal was purchased on or before each department’s designated ownership/possession date.

  • Includes all showing rights.
  • Under their complete possession, continual daily care and feeding by the designated dates listed under each department heading.
  • Registration papers or ownership documents (i.e. bill of sale) may be checked at the fair.
  • Ownership of an animal shall be considered lost if the animal has been consigned or sold even if the animal is bought back by the exhibitor.

22.  An exhibitor may receive assistance in the care, grooming, and preparation of their livestock entered in the Junior livestock show, provided that the assistance shall be limited to the explanation or minimal demonstration by family members, advisors, vocational agriculture instructors, or member of the exhibitors’ 4-H Club, FFA Champter, or youth organization.

  • Family members shall be interpreted as: mother, step-mother, father, step-father, sibling, step sibling, aunt, uncle, grandparents – by marriage or by law.

23. Pre-Approval Non-Residential Housing: All animals shall be housed at the member’s legal and permanent residence. Any Junior Fair livestock exhibitor must obtain permission from the Senior Fair Board, if housing is not available at said residence.  Official forms are available through the OSU- 4-H Extension Office and/or Vocational Agriculture Instructor.  A completed form should be submitted to each Senior Fair Board Department Head or Fair Board Secretary prior to the possession date listed under each Department Heading. Market Beef and Dairy Feeder housing forms must be given to the Market Beef and Dairy Feeder department chairperson at their respective weigh-in dates, and all other livestock should be turned into the Senior Fair board Secretary by the April Fair Board meeting.

24. NO LIVESTOCK will be permitted South of the Coliseum and steer barn, North of the Coliseum and Jr. Fair Headquarters, East of the Coliseum, and West of the Steer barn/rabbit barn/ Jr. Fair Headquarters.  Warnings will be indicated by posted signs.  NO LIVESTOCK may be concealed from public view in camping areas, trailers, or vehicles.

25. Exhibitors that are eligible to show but attend full-time school outside our area will be permitted to exhibit and sell their project or projects provided they attend all possible 4-H (5 minimum) and/or FFA meetings and they were enrolled in a livestock project in Perry County the previous year.  They must also abide by all other rules concerning exhibitors.

26. The responsibility of the Fair Veterinarian is to inspect the livestock for evidence of any contagious or infectious disease.  Exhibitors may engage their own veterinarian for any usual consultation diagnosis and treatment work. Duties beyond this will be at the discretion of the Fair Veterinarian and department chairman.

27. The official Fair Veterinarian may release any animal that becomes sick during the fair.  To secure the release, the owner should first report to the department chairperson.  if such animal is a sale animal, it cannot be removed from fairgrounds and still sell.

28. All market animals must meet weight standards to be eligible for class trophies.

29. The Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion market goat, hog, lamb and steer must go to slaughter directly from the fairgrounds and be slaughtered.

30. All current Junior Fair livestock exhibitors are subject to unannounced housing visits by representatives authorized by the Senior Fair Board.

31. All animals exhibited a the Perry County Fair may have blood, urine and/or tissue samples collected at the discretion of the Senior Fair Board.

32. All Market animals must be drug free when they are weighed in.  All non-market animals must be drug free when they arrive on the fairgrounds.



1. Showmanship entries should also be made of the official Junior Fair entry form.

2. Age divisions are as of January 1, current year.

3. Contestants must be regularly enrolled in one of the recognized youth organizations.

4. Contestants must show the animal in one of the Junior Fair livestock classes and must be the bona fide owner of the animal he or she is showing.  The same animal must be used for the entire contest.

5. Preparation for the showing must be done by the exhibitor.  An exhibitor may receive assistance in care, grooming, and preparation of their livestock entered in explanation or minimal demonstration by family members, advisors, vocational agriculture instructors, or member of the exhibitors’ 4-H Club, FFA chapter, or your organization.

Fitting 50 percent and showing 50 percent.

Fitting includes:

  • Soundness, condition, quality, and in case of beef animals, sheep, swine, firmness and uniformity of covering.
  • Cleanliness of hide, hair, hoofs and horns.
  • General appearance of animal for breed standards.

Showing includes:

  • Appearance of exhibitor and equipment used to show the animal.
  • Ability to properly pose the animal.
  • Exhibitor must demonstrate ability to move his animal around the ring as directed by the judge.

6. It is highly desirable for dairy showmen to wear white shirts and pants.

7. Previous class winners are ineligible to participate in that particular class, but are permitted to move up to the next age level of competition.

NOTE: Senior winners can return to that division after waiting out one year, unless this is their first year of eligibility.

8. First year swine, sheep, goat, and rabbit exhibitor 8-11 years old should show in their respective Novice classes, and cannot show in both Novice and Junior.


1. Mistreatment of animals and poor showmanship conduct will not be tolerated and will be handled by the appropriate Department Chairperson, Senior Fair Board, Livestock Committee, and Senior Fair Board Directors.

2. Soaps, shampoos and conditioners suitable for human or livestock use are permitted, with exception of whitening or coler altering products.

3. Any fly spray product may be used on an animal until midnight prior to show day.  ONLY the fly spray product provided by the Fair Board may be used after midnight on the day of show, through conclusion of the show.

4. Papers for animals requiring a certificate of veterinary inspection must be issued prior to July 1.

5. Tampering and/or misrepresentation as to breeding, age, ownership and any other irregularity in showing will be considered fraud and deception.  Any premiums, trophies, awards or sale money won by such exhibitor will be withheld.

6. Any artificial means of removing, by cutting or tearing of the hide, cutting or tearing underneath the hide or removal of tissue; remedying the physical defects or conformation and degree of firmness of exhibition animals such as lifting and filling under the skin, by administration of fluids or air internally or externally by a liquid, solid, or gaseous state; the use of sting, artificial addition of heels, tail/heads, etc. or altering the natural color of an animal shall be considered fraud and deception.

7. The use of any inhumane artificial stimulation on an animal will not be permitted.  Excessively beating, using hot shots, placing ice in the rectum are examples of inhumane artificial stimulation.

8. All animals giving evidence of such mistreatment will be barred from competition at the Perry County Fair.

9. Should fraud or deception be discovered after the sale, all sale money shall be returned to the buyer and the animal or carcass shall be returned to the exhibitor.

10. In all livestock, rabbit and poultry classes, these regulations will be in full force and effect.


The Perry County Fair Board shall have the right to require places 1 through 5 in each class of animals, or any other suspected animal, to be subject to examination and tests as prescribed by the Fair Board to determine if a substance has been administered to the animal to change the conformation or temperament of the animal.


In the question of a rule violation, the following due process will be used; the Senior Fair Board member in charge of that committee will question the exhibitor and/or parties involved.  If it is felt a violation has occurred, the Senior fair Board member in charge of the department will call a meeting of the Livestock Committee.  The Livestock Committee will make a recommendation to the Board of Directors or present the issue to the entire Board of Directors.

If the issue is presented to the Board of Directors, all parties involved will be notified of a hearing date with all parties having the right to present their case. Upon hearing the case, the Perry County Fair Board will make a ruling.

When satisfactory evidence has been obtained by the Perry County Fair Board of Directors that rules have been violated, the exhibitor and/or exhibitor’s family my be barred from showing at the Perry County Fair.  After one year of being barred form showing, the exhibitor and/or the exhibitor’s family may request a review. The Perry County Fair Board may request the exhibitor to refund all premiums, trophies, awards, ribbons and sale money under such violation.


Protests must be made in writing, signed by party or parties making protests, and filed with the appropriate Senior Fair Department Chairman.  $50.00 must be submitted with the written protest.  This money will be returned to the party making the protest IF the protest is upheld.  If it is not, the Senior Fair Board may retain the fee.  The chairman will review the protest with the department committee and other people designated by the committee.  All protests will be considered at a time set by the Board of the Perry County Fair and all parties will be notified.

Updated 06/30/2018 at 8:13 pm.




  1. I am interested in purchasing two specific 4-H goats being shown. Can you please tell me the best way I can go about doing that. Thank you, Mary Beth Angeline

    • fairexpress says:

      Stop by the Jr. Fair Board office to get set up with a buyer number and they will answer any questions you may have prior to the sale on Saturday.


    Are service dogs allowed on the grounds?

    • fairexpress says:

      Please contact the Senior Fair Board office at 740-342-3047 for more information.

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