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Instructions for making entries at the annual Somerset County Fair
* All premiums subject to continuation of state funding.

Any person wishing to make an entry, should fill out the entry blank which is provided with this premium sheet or make out a sheet giving the information called for on this blank regardless of whether the article or articles are delivered personally to the fair or sent to the secretary. To have this information in legible form readily available will eliminate much needless waiting and facilitate the work of the secretaries.
Entry day is the first Saturday,  9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There is a $4 entry fee for all livestock and $1 entry fee for Rabbits & Poultry
All livestock entry forms must be in the secretary’s office on or before July 15th.  Any livestock entry form not received on or before this date may be refused by the Somerset County Fair livestock committee. This show is open to all residents of Somerset County and others in Pennsylvania at the discretion of the livestock committee.
Entries may be sent to the Secretary of the Somerset County Fair Inc., P.O. Box 55, Meyersdale, Pa. 15552, accompanied by an entry form properly filled out. Any costs entailed in the delivery of such articles are to be borne by the exhibitor.
The Fair will use all care to ensure the safety of animals or articles sent for exhibition after arrival but will not be responsible for any damage or loss that may occur.
EXHIBITORS ARE RESPECTFULLY REQUESTED TO FORWARD TO THE SECRETARY, MEYERSDALE, PA., AT LEAST ONE WEEK BEFORE THE OPENING DAY, A LIST OF THEIR ENTRIES, GIVING THE DEPARTMENT, CLASS NUMBER AND NAME OF EACH ANIMAL OR ARTICLE FOR EXHIBITION.
While it is the desire of the Fair to pay all premiums in full as promptly as possible after the fair, yet should any contingency arise such as unfavorable weather whereby the receipts of the Fair are insufficient to do so, then the right is reserved to prorate in all exhibition classes after deducting expenses the money for premiums and the amount so paid will discharge the obligations of the Fair for the current year.
Any exhibitor, parent, sibling and/or guardian of an exhibitor and/or any other similarly situated person who removes any show animal prior to 7 p.m. on the last Saturday of the County Fair without prior written approval from the barn superintendent for the type of animal so removed will cause the exhibitor who owns and/or shows said animal to forfeit any and all premiums awarded for all animals shown by the exhibitor at that year’s County Fair and said exhibitor shall also be suspended from participation at the next year’s County Fair.
Exhibit hall entries to be picked up the last Saturday between 7 and 9 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to Noon.
Exhibit pick up passes will be good only on the last Saturday after 7 p.m.
See General Recommendations for Livestock release.
GENERAL RULES
 County entries will be entered first. Out-of-county entries will be taken on standby basis.

The Fair will not be responsible for any articles not removed between 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Saturday, the closing day of the fair.
No articles will be accepted and judged for premiums unless listed in a category in the premium book.
All premium checks must be cashed within 60 days.
1. All exhibitors agree to be bound by the rules and regulations of the Somerset County Fair.
2. The fair management reserves the right to amend or add to these rules and regulations as its judgment may determine.
3. Reasonable care will be taken to protect all exhibits on display from all injury and damage, but the fair is not, in any way, to be held responsible for accidents, loss or damage by water, fire, theft, or other wise, whatever may be the cause or extent of the damage or loss.
4. Entries will be made according to classification.
5. Premiums, as listed, may be given for meritorious exhibits. In cases where there is no competition, judges may give an award such as they deem the exhibit is worthy to receive. Same rule applies where there are fewer entries in any class than the number of premiums offered. The judges may, at their discretion, award a prize or prizes of such grade as the exhibit deserves.
The fair reserves the right to determine how many entries they will accept from an exhibitor in the same class, or in the case of livestock, the same breed.
6. The decision of the judges shall be final in all cases except where mistakes, fraud, misrepresentation, or collusion, not discovered at the time of award, is proven. In such cases, the superintendent, manager, or secretary of the fair or show, or such referee as he may appoint, may make the decision with his approval. The case may be appealed to the Fair Management or Show Commission from whose decision there can be no appeal.
7. It shall be the responsibility of the exhibitor to make known the proper name of the article or breed of livestock he is entering. Any item entered improperly, will be disqualified to receive a prize, but the judges will mark the correct name on the entry tag for the benefit of the owner so the same mistake in entering need not be made the second time.
8. All entries must be grown, produced or made in the county since the last fair (except where the fair accepts exhibits from other counties or states.)
9. Superintendents of a department reserve the right of refusing to accept any entry. Furthermore, the superintendents reserve the right to bar from competition animals, vegetables, flowers, poultry, products, and manufactured articles of decidedly inferior quality and those not possessing sufficient merit to warrant recognition.
10. The Fair Management may, at any time, order the removal of any exhibit or part of exhibit in bad condition and any article unfit to show may be excluded. Food products cannot be polluted with any substance or chemical that causes them to become poisonous and unfit to be used as food. The fair should notify the Pennsylvania Fair fund in such cases and may void any premiums that might have been awarded. No exhibit may be removed at any time before the close of the fair except by consent of the management.
11. Every exhibit accepted for premiums must be given an entry tag which must be plainly marked, showing the name of the exhibit. In the case of livestock, the breed name must be shown on cards large enough that the breed name is readily identified by the viewers or, if the livestock is grouped together, according to breeds, one large sign to designate the group will be satisfactory. However, the award winners must be placed on the stall of the pen of the individual winners for the duration of the fair or show and, in the case of poultry entry tags showing species must be plainly exhibited on each coop and winning stickers must appear on such entry tags showing winners.
Failure to comply with this regulation will result in forfeiture of premiums. It will be the duty of the fair or show officials to see that this regulation is complied with. Where award ribbons are stolen or destroyed, the exhibitor may receive a duplicate at the close of fair or show which shall be supplied by the fair, free of charge.
12. During the judging, buildings, except livestock arenas, are to be closed to everyone except fair officials, judges, and necessary attendants. No exhibitor or his agent shall communicate with the judge during time of determining the awards except to answer questions proposed by the judges. Any exhibitor or persons interfering with the judges while making awards shall forfeit any premiums to which he would otherwise be entitled.
13. All livestock offered for premiums must be the property of the owners thirty (30) days or longer.
14. No person shall be allowed in the ring while stock is being judged except judges, superintendents, and necessary attendants.
15. Should any animal awarded a prize be disqualified, the animals gaining the lower prizes shall move into the next higher position, if, in the opinion of the judges, the animals are worthy of such prizes. Disqualification will include immediate removal of animal from fairgrounds and forfeiture of all premiums and awards.
16. Overfitting of cattle, sheep, hogs and goats, will be discriminated against. Any artificial means used to change the form or shape of an animal will disqualify it from competition. No mechanical or injectable alterations made to animals.  No muzzles on lambs or goats.
17. When on exhibition in the ring, each animal must be under halter and in charge of owner or employee.
18. Joint ownership considered to be as one owner in accordance with regulation papers.
19. Livestock may be judged on the Danish System for ribbon awards only, but not for reimbursable premiums.
20. See new scrapie rules for sheep and goats.
NON-COUNTY RESIDENTS
 ** In keeping with the policies of other county fairs, all  Exhibits will  be limited to Somerset  County residents  only.
** County entries will be entered first. Out-of-county entries will be taken on standby basis.


CAMPGROUND RULES
SUPERINTENDENTS

SCOTT MOON
221 Beck Road
Somerset, Pa. 15501
445-4688
JIM RAY
576 Sportsmen Road
Somerset, Pa., 15501
445-5098
1. ALL campers must check in with camp director immediately upon arrival. Camp fee must be paid at this time.
2. An adult must sign to register each camper. This person will be responsible for camper occupants and visitors.
3. No underage drinking will be permitted. Violators will be turned over to authorities.
4. Late night noises must be controlled.
5. Pets must be kept under control.
6. Violation of these rules can cause immediate eviction off the premises.
7. No vehicles will be admitted into the campground area without a valid campground pass. Two will be issued to each paid campsite.
8. Additional rules will be handed out at time of registration.
9. No Bicycles will be allowed  in the campground or the fair grounds.

10. Absolutely no holes dug in the campground and no discharges.
 

COUNTY FAIR LIVESTOCK PASS POLICIES
Each livestock exhibitor will receive one pass regardless of how many animals he/she is exhibiting.
Each exhibitor family will receive one vehicle-driver pass which will be designated for use at the Barn Gate.
 

GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS
ESTABLISHED BY DAIRY, BEEF, SHEEP, SWINE, GOAT  REPRESENTATIVES AND FAIR OFFICIALS
BEEF,   SHEEP, SWINE, GOATS
All premiums subject to continuation of state funding

Showmanship Ages are as of January 1st.
Weigh-in for Goats
and meat breeding goats check-in – Friday nite 6 pm - 9 pm.

Weigh-ins for Swine and Steers – Saturday 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Weigh-in for Goats – Saturday  7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Weigh-ins for Lambs – Saturday 10 a.m. to noon.
Open and Junior Beef breeding classes will start at 10 a.m. Monday
* Cross scale only one time for official weight.
* Animals will be tied or penned in spaces marked by the respective superintendents.
* All underweight animals will be sent home.

BEEF
* All weights determined each year by the Jr. Livestock Show Committee for market steers.
* Judging of market steers will start at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday of Fair Week.
* Jr. Livestock Show Committee will provide Showmanship Judge.

* Heifers are not to be used for any type of Showmanship classes.
* Housing: Open & Jr. Market – New Barn.
* Open & Jr. Beef Breeding Classes will start at 10:00 a.m. on Monday.
* Somerset County Beef Producers and ErRer Hill Farm will obtain and share cost of open beef show judge.
* No electrical appliances on wash rack.
SHEEP
* All weights determined each year by Jr. Livestock Show Committee for Market Lambs
* Judging of Market Lambs will start at 2:00 p.m. on Monday of Fair Week.
* Judging of breeding sheep will start at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday of Fair Week.
SWINE
* All weights determined each year by Jr. Livestock Show committee for market swine.
* Judging of market swine will start at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday of Fair Week.
* No electrical appliances on wash rack.
DAIRY
* Judging of Dairy Cattle will start at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday of Fair Week.
GOAT
* Judging of Market Goats will be held at 5 p.m. the first Saturday.
* Judging of Dairy Goats will be at 9:00 a.m. Sunday of Fair Week.

* Judging of Breeding Meat Goats will be at 9:30 a.m.Thursday of Fair Week.
For safety reasons spectators are asked to remain outside of livestock barns when animals are being brought out on sale day.
 
SOMERSET COUNTY FAIR ANIMAL ENTRY AND RELEASE SCHEDULES
* Entry and Weigh-in day for Beef, Sheep, Swine, Goats
The first Saturday of fair week - 9 a.m. to noon
Weigh-in for Goats
and meat breeding goats chech-in – Friday nite 6 pm - 9 pm.

 Lambs - 10 a.m. to noon.
* Entry Day for Horses
   The first Saturday - 9 a.m. to noon
* Entry Day for Rabbits and Poultry
   The first Saturday - 9 a.m. to noon
* Entry Day for Dairy  Monday -  9 a.m. to noon
All health and registration papers to be presented at time of entry.
Release day for Livestock is the last Saturday.
   10 a.m. Dairy cows only
   Sale animals 1 hour after sale is completed.
   All other livestock after 7 p.m.
Any exhibitor, parent, guardian etc. that removes an animal without permission of the respective superintendent will forfeit premium and/or suspension.

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