General Fair Rules

  1. All exhibits are entered at owner’s risk. Neither the Lee Co. Fair Association nor Lee Co. 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 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Thursday. Arrival before 3 p.m. on Wednesday is prohibited unless authorized by the Fair Association and the Department Superintendent.
  5. All livestock exhibits shall be in place by 11 a.m. on Thursday, with these EXCEPTIONS: RABBITS need to be in place by 10 p.m. on Wednesday, and HORSES & CATS 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 youth should be asked. See Rule #22 in General 4-H Show Rules for 4-H members.
  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. See 4-H rule #15.
  9. Health papers for beef cattle, dairy cattle, goats, sheep and swine must be stamped by the Fair Veterinarian at the Fair Office at one of the following times: 7-8 p.m. on Wednesday or from 11a.m. to 12 p.m. on Thursday. All other animals, follow rules stated on specific department pages.
  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-H member’s 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. Stalls and pens must always be kept clean. Load waste into spreaders or designated areas.
  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. See Camper Space Rental Form in “Special Events & Other Information” section.
  16. Only Livestock exhibitors can stay overnight in respective barns. All overnighters are required to sign in at office each night. An “Overnight Barn” form must be on file in the fair office with parent signature prior to the first night’s stay. See form in “Special Events & Other Information” section.
  17. Barns close (lights out) each night at 10:30 p.m.
  18. EXHIBITS ARE TO REMAIN IN PLACE IN EXHIBIT AREA UNTIL PUBLISHED RELEASE TIMES. Non-livestock exhibits are released at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Livestock exhibits are released at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. No trailers are to be brought to barns before 4 p.m!! 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 8 a.m. the following morning. If all these procedures are not adhered to, Jr. Show premiums will be forfeited.
  19. On matters regarding Animal Health Rules, the decision of the Fair Veterinarian is final.
  20. There will be no night guards on Sunday night. Animals left will be at owner’s risk.
  21. In accordance with the Americans Disability Act, if you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in the 4-H Show, please contact the Lee Co. Extension office two weeks prior, at (815) 857-3525.
  22. 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 Co. Fair Association. Submit your request to (815) 857-2603.


Fair Association members, Department Superintendents and Extension Staff have the right to evict a person from the grounds for a minor disturbance (i.e. foul language, unsportsmanlike conduct or any inappropriate behavior). Major disturbances (i.e. bringing malice, harm to other exhibitor’s property, continuing minor disturbances repeatedly) may warrant more serious punishment (i.e. evicting from entire fair, banning from next year’s show).


A Grievance Committee shall consist of two Fair Association members and, if the situation warrants, Extension staff and Department Superintendent. The committee will meet as needed during the fair to address any concerns regarding fair policies. Judging concerns and questions should be addressed to the Department Superintendent first. If the concern is not able to be resolved, then the situation may be referred to the Grievance Committee. Grievances should be filed with the fair office in writing within 24 hours of the incident. All parties will be notified of the committee’s meeting time and should be present at that meeting.


Camping is allowed during the fair only as a convenience for exhibitors and is regulated by the Fair Association. They will set prices and supervise the area during the fair. Camper price is $20.00 per night. No electrical hook-ups are available. There is a $25.00 per day charge for campers arriving prior to Wednesday or leaving campers after Monday. Camping reservation form can be found in this fairbook or online at 20 spaces available on a first reserved basis. No vehicles are to be parked with campers. Please park in designated parking areas.