Lee County Jr. & Open Show Rules

The Lee County Jr. Show is open to youth ages 8 to 20. Need not be a 4-H member or Lee County resident.

  1. The Illinois Department of Agriculture shall use its best efforts to secure sufficient appropriations to fund premiums. In any year for which the General Assembly of the State of Illinois fails to make an appropriation sufficient to pay such premiums, premium amounts may not be accurately reflected in this Premium Book.
  2. Entries MUST be submitted online or to the Fair Office by July 1, 2024. Entries received after July 1 will be assessed a $2.00 late fee for each entry listed. No entries will be accepted after July 15, 2024. NO EXCEPTIONS. Entries can be mailed to Lee Co. Fair Association, 1574 Nachusa Rd., Dixon IL 61021.
  3. Do not reserve extra pens or stalls for tack, equipment or feed. Do not tack hoses or “claim” any spigot or hydrant on the grounds or wash racks.
  4. Premium checks will be handed out Sunday after 3:30 p.m. by Fair Association staff. Time could vary. Check with the fair office. Exhibitors MUST sign their premium statement to receive their check.
  5. Premium checks must be deposited / cashed within 90 days of receipt. Checks will not be reissued.
  6. Exhibitors must be between 8 and 20 years of age as of September 1, 2023.
  7. Ownership dates are to be adhered to or an exhibit or exhibitor will be disqualified.
  8. Livestock exhibitors must wear an exhibitor number while in the show ring. If you have two entries in one class, additional cards bearing your exhibitor number may be requested at the Fair Office.
  9. Rabbit exhibits must be in place by 10 p.m. on Wednesday. All other livestock exhibits must be in place by 11 a.m. on Thursday.
  10. Health papers for beef cattle, dairy cattle, goats, sheep and swine must be stamped by the fair vet in the Fair Office between 7 and 8 p.m. on Wednesday, or between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. on Thursday. All other animals should refer to the health requirements as listed in specific department pages.
  11. The Department Superintendents will check purebred registration papers. These papers (or copies) must remain on the grounds for the duration of the fair. Inability to produce purebred papers will cause entries to be placed in grade or market classes.
  12. Stalls and pens must be cleaned by 9 a.m. each day and manure and bedding are to be loaded into spreaders or designated areas. Pens are to be kept neat and clean throughout the day for the health and safety of fair animals and fair attendees.
  13. Exhibitors are responsible for thoroughly cleaning pens and exhibit areas before leaving at the end of the fair.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Barns close (lights out) each night at 10:30 p.m.
  17. Any exhibits removed before the published release times (except as per #18) will forfeit their premiums and will not be allowed to show at the following fair.
  18. If an animal is ill or uncontrollable, the owner must first inform the department superintendent, a Fair Association representative and the fair veterinarian and then move the animal to another location on the fairgrounds. If the owner wishes to remove the animal from the grounds, the written approval of the fair veterinarian, the department superintendent; and the Fair Association President, Vice President, or designee is required. Barring illness, the animal is to be returned to the fairgrounds by 8 a.m. the following morning. If all these procedures are not adhered to premiums will be forfeited.
  19. The Lee County Fair Association reserves the right to remove any exhibitor or exhibit from the grounds.
  20. 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 or to kdallam@hotmail.com.
  21. The Lee County Fair Association, its designated agents, and fair committees are not responsible for accidents, damage or theft of projects.
  22. No person shall possess alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs or firearms upon entering the Lee County 4-H Center & Fairgrounds. For the safety of guests, all persons, vehicles and belongings are subject to search at any time by the Lee County Fair Association or its designated agents. Any prohibited items that are found are subject to seizure, discard or disposal. Persons who fail to comply with this policy are subject to removal from the premises and possible arrest and or prosecution. Admission may be refused at any time, for any reason, subject to law.