Frequently asked questions

Fair Schedule

  • The Fair Schedule page has links to all the rules and classes.  Please read and use!!
  • Each set of rules has a link to the website for online entries and any additional forms.
  • 4-H & FFA members entering projects in the Exhibit Building:
    • See the "4-H & FFA" link on the schedule for the Conference Judging on July 23
    • Class #'s do not exactly match your project #.  Please look at the rules and class listings.
    • Open Photography Show exhibits are not eligible for state fair building selection.
  • You must have been officially enrolled by April 1st in the project in which you are exhibiting.

Fair Entries

  • All fair entries will be taken online.
    • Internet Access is required 
      • If you do not have internet access, feel free to come by the Extension Office for assistance.
    • Exhibitor Name & information is not saved until you enter at least 1 class and save your cart. 
      • If cart is not saved, you will need to create the exhibitor information again.
  • Exhibitors must register first
    • Be sure to use a valid e-mail address.
    • You may use "Quick Group" to have entries for multiple exhibitors in your family or classroom.
  • No online payments accepted.  Print your receipt and submit payment to the Extension Office. Your receipt may be adjusted by office staff to account for correct entry fees.
  • Must create an entry for each item in a class
    • If entering 2 hams, you must create 2 entries in that class.
  • DOG SHOW:
    • Entry fees are assessed per dog/handler combination.
    • Please select the correct Dog Fee on the "Items" Page
  • HORSE SHOW:
    • Entry fees are assessed per horse/rider combination.
    • Please select the correct Horse Fee on the "Items" Page
  • LIVESTOCK ENTRIES:
    • Register for your showmanship class at the time of entry!
    • Fees are added to your cart with each entry.
    • If you are not sure which animal you will be bringing, put "TBD" in the "Tag ID" and "Animal Name" fields
  • SHOOTING SPORTS: Steps for entering the shooting sports match
    1. Select classes online
    2. Select time on shooting line at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4ea8ac2baaf49-20161
    3. Submit the Shooting Sports Match Entry form with your receipt.
    4. Fees:
      • If participant is not from Cole County, please select the Shooting Sports Match Fee on the "Items" Page
      • Shotgun-Trap fees are assessed when selecting the class
      • Cole County participants not registering by June 30th at 4:30pm will be assessed a $5 late fee.
    5. Shooting Sports entries open to shooters from counties other than Cole County on June 10th.
  • PHOTOGRAPHY: Open Photography Show vs. 4-H/FFA Photography Exhibits    
    • 4-H/FFA Photography Exhibits
      • This can be any item that shows what you learned in the photography project.
      • Photographs can be ANYTHING!  Even a picture of your big toe, if you choose.
      • You can enter a poster about something you learned (i.e. f stop, parts of the camera, camera angles, etc.)
      • You can enter a notebook (i.e. perhaps showing the progression of the quality of your photographs, or maybe how you have started a photography business)
      • Again, 4-H/FFA Exhibits can be anything you learned during the course of the project.
      • Only projects entered in this division are eligible for State Fair selection (Member must have met all the requirements)
    • Open Photography Show
      • This class accepts ONLY photographs in the categories specified.
      • Anyone from Cole County or a bordering county can enter (youth and adults)
  • Fair Passes
    • Week-long fair passes are $15 each to be used by immediate family members of exhibitors.
    • Fair passes are ordered online at time of entry only. 
    • Pass must be shown at gate and when requested.
    • Passes will be distributed at fair work days.
    • No passes sold to the public
    • No passes sold at the Extension Office.