4-H General Rules


  1. All exhibits must be work of 4-Her for the current year, including any typing, lettering, etc.
  2. 4-H club members may exhibit only in the project and phase they are enrolled in. Exception: Commissioners’ Cookie Jar.
  3. Age of exhibitor as of January 1 must be included on all entry tags.
  4. This opportunity to exhibit 4-H projects is provided for bonafide 4-H members of Marion County. A bonafide member is a boy or girl of 4-H age and not yet 19 years of age as of January 1 of the current year.
  5. Pre-entries are due by July 6 for livestock, rabbits, poultry, pigeons, dogs, horses, showmanship, booths, and individual displays including: small engines, GPS, rocketry, robotics, astronomy, geology, forestry, cloverbuds and wind energy.
  6. Each exhibitor is limited to 2 exhibits in each phase or class in all divisions unless specified otherwise in division rules.
  7. Exhibits will be placed in purple, blue, red and white categories.
  8. Members will cooperate with superintendents, follow their instructions, and abide by their decisions. In case the exhibitor objects to an interpretation of the rules, objection must be made to the SUPERINTENDENT. If determined to be necessary, the superintendent may refer to the 4-H Council, and/or agents which is the final authority in rules interpretation.
  9. All exhibits must be in place by 9 am Wednesday unless otherwise specified. No exhibits are to be removed before 8:30 am Saturday.
  10. Registrations for State Fair encampment must be made by August 13.
  11. No 4-Her will be allowed to have in possession or consume any alcoholic beverage on the fairgrounds. 4-Hers violating this rule will be barred from showing or exhibiting that year and the law enforcement will be notified.
  12. 4-H exhibitors (individual or group) should avoid using copyrighted materials whenever possible by originating his/her own work. A 4-H member or group should use with caution, a copyrighted and/or trademark product or service (a brand name, label or product).
  13. All 4-H premium checks will be sent to club leaders for dispersal soon after the fair.


  1. Any 4-H member NOT participating in the livestock auction may sell a project item exhibited at the fair.
  2. Only those items receiving a purple, blue or red ribbon may be sold. White ribbon items may not be sold.
  3. 4-H members may sell only one item.
  4. 4-H members must be present to sell their items.
  5. No live animals may be sold in the project auction.
  6. Perishable items such as food and garden items MUST BE replaced with fresh items for the sale.
  7. The project item sold must have been judged at the current years fair.
  8. Members must notify the 4-H fair office NO LATER than noon on Thursday what item they are selling.
  9. When you have sold your project item it no longer belongs to you. Therefore that item cannot be exhibited at any other fair; including the State Fair.
  10. All sales will be final and binding.


  1. Read general rules and regulations.
  2. Livestock exhibitors will follow specie dress code requirements. If none, they are to wear nice jeans, a collared shirt with sleeves and close toed shoes.
  3. Animals shown in the market classes are not eligible to show in breeding classes and vice versa.
  4. Each exhibitor is limited to 2 exhibits in each class unless otherwise specified in division rules. Any additional animals will be sent home. Dairy may not exhibit more than 2 animals per class.
  5. 4-Hers must exhibit their own animals with these 2 exceptions: (1) 4-Her has 2 animals in same class; (2) 4-Her is ill or injured. Another 4-Her may then exhibit the animal.
  6. No livestock projects are automatically entered in the State Fair. Those wishing to show there are responsible for making entries at the Marion County 4-H Fair Office during the fair. Entries for the State Fair in the beef, sheep, and swine projects are due July 15th in the State Fair Office.
  7. Club members entering showmanship MUST own and fit the animals entered in the event.
  8. Each exhibitor MUST groom their own animal and may use the assistance of an immediate family member (mother, father, legal guardian, brother or sister) or of another 4-H member who is an exhibitor at the show.
  9. 4-H Livestock Sale: 4-Hers enrolled in a market animal class may sell one of the following market species: beef, sheep, swine, rabbit meat pen, market goat through the premium auction. Others may be sold at floor price, if 4-H Office is notified.
  10. INTENT TO SELL MARKET ANIMALS MUST BE MADE BY 11:00 am ON FRIDAY. Any animals not reported will not be allowed to sell through the auction or at floor price.
  11. The Extension staff reserves the right to select any livestock exhibited by 4-Hers for the judging contest. Exhibitors must notify the Extension staff at check-in time if they do not want their animals to be used for the contest.
  12. WITHDRAWAL TIMES FOR DRUGS, GROWTH PROMOT­ANTS AND OTHER APPROVED MATERIALS: Exhibitors, their parents, leaders and instructors have a serious responsibility to use animal health aids (drugs), growth promotants and any other approved materials with great care, and only when needed and in correct amounts. Approved withdrawal times are set and must be followed to assure that meat consumers receive wholesome food. Market livestock will not be allowed to show without a completed certificate signed by an exhibitor and parent or guardian.
  13. The giving of an oral or injected diuretic, growth promotant or other medication not approved for any domestic animal constitutes an unethical practice.
  14. The use of tranquilizers in show animals falls under the category of extra label use and requires a veterinary-client relationship. Any extra label drug use by lay people without a veterinary-client relationship is illegal. The use of tranquilizers simply to calm excitable food producing show animals is unethical.
  15. Exhibitors who abuse an animal may be barred from showing and will forfeit any premium, ribbon or prize won. The word abuse includes: beating, slapping, using an electric prod, forcing a lamb into a solid object in an attempt to make the animal brace more firmly. Bracing a lamb by holding the front feet off the ground also constitutes abuse.
  16. Superintendents and fair officials may determine that any exhibitor who has tampered with or who inhumanely abuses an animal may be barred from showing and will forfeit any premium, ribbon or prizes won.


All animals shall be free of clinical signs of infectious or contagious disease. Cattle and goats determined by superintendents to have lesions of ringworm, warts or infested with mange will not be permitted to show. A negative pseudorabies and brucellosis test are not required for Kansas origin swine. 4-H sheep exhibits MUST be inspected by a veterinarian before being unloaded at the fair. Sheep shall be free of any signs of “sore mouth” and free of signs of active fungal (ringworm) infection, including club lamb fungus. Poultry must have a negative test for pullorum typhoid to be eligible for exhibit.


Clubs will be judged continually during the fair with awards given for the best display in beef, dairy, swine and sheep divisions. All awards will be announced at the 4-H livestock sale. Clubs will be judged on the following points daily. Ratings will be posted daily.


Cleanliness of alleys, stalls or pens 60%
Arrangement of exhibit and show equipment. 10%
Appearance of animals 25%
Stall cards 5%
Total points possible 100%

Premium – $15 to first place club in each division

$75 cash award to highest scoring club in 3 species. $25 cash award to second highest scoring club in 3 species. Cash awards sponsored by Vannocker Show Pigs.