1. All exhibitors and concessionaires agree to be bound
by the rules and regulations of the Bedford County
Fair. The Fair Management reserves the right to reject or remove any
item from the fairgrounds that may cause or be considered a hazard.
2. Entries will be made according to classification. The Fair Management
reserves the right to interpret, amend or add to these rules and regulations
as its judgment may determine.
3. All exhibits must be the property of exhibitors at the time of entry.
Any entry not deemed worthy will not be placed or the judge may give
an award such as they deem the exhibit is worthy to receive.
4. Decision of the judges will be final.
5. Every effort will be made to protect all exhibits on display from
all injury and damage, but the association is not, in any way, to be
held responsible for accidents, loss or damage by water, fire, theft,
any financial losses or otherwise whatever the cause or extent of the
damage or loss. Any insurance desired on an entry must be carried by
6. Appropriate ribbons will be awarded in the various classes and cash
prizes as stated in the premium book, unless in case of natural disaster
premiums may be prorated according to monies available.
7. No advertising circulars or posters, with the exception of those
in paid commercial space, will be allowed on the fairground.
8. No person can act as judge in any class in which he or she may be
an exhibitor, an agent of an exhibitor, or in any way interested in
the results of the award.
9. No canned or glass bottled beverages may be sold on the fairgrounds.
Persons under influence of alcohol or drugs will be expelled from the
10. No demonstrations or picketing of any kind will be permitted on
the fairground property.
11. No Smoking in any building.
12. Due to State Funding, premium checks
may not be available until after the Fair. Please watch newspaper for
instructions for picking up your check.
13. Exhibits not picked up by August 1st
will be donated to a charity.
14. The use of four wheelers, golf carts, gators, bicycles, etc., other
than by Fair officials is prohibited; except for special circumstances
approved by the management at the main office.
15. The videotaping of events during the Fair for commercial resale
is prohibited; except for special circumstances approved by the management.
101. Horse and Pony entries close June 7, 2013, all other
livestock entries close June 14, 2013. No entry fees. No entries
will be accepted after the entry deadline.
102. All Livestock Superintendents, Vo-Ag and Extension personnel are
requested to attend a meeting at the Fairground Office at 10:00 a.m.,
Thursday, June 27. Important matters pertaining to the judging schedule,
assignment of stall space, etc. will be discussed and finalized at this
103. Livestock will be received on the Fairgrounds from Friday, July
19 until noon Sunday, July 21. In case of emergency to meet this rule,
call the Fair Office 623-9011. The Fair reserves the right to close
entries when available space is filled.
104. Livestock may be removed after 2:00 p.m. Saturday at which time
the barns will be closed to visitors. Animals sold in the Junior Livestock
Sale are excluded from this rule. All animals, in so far as possible,
will be removed an loaded from the West (upper) ends of the barn. No
trucks or trailers are to be loaded from the East (lower) ends of the
105. Every animal must be entered for competition in the name of the
owner as listed on registration papers. Joint ownership considered to
be one owner.
106. Exhibitor Defined: An exhibitor must be the owner
or member of partnership or family owning the animal. In case a herd
or flock is registered in the names of different members of the family
and where the herd or flock is one unit, all entries will considered
as a single exhibitor 4-H and FFA members are excluded from this rule
if they enter open class in their own name.
107. No exhibitor may enter more than two (2) animals in any class.
108. Each exhibitor is responsible for the care of their own animals
109. Each animal or pen of animals must be identified by breed and age
on cards displayed to be easily seen by viewers.
110. An exhibitor of livestock is entitled to 1 weekly ticket for each
six (6) animals entered. Each additional exhibitors pass will be $17.00
for a passenger pass or $25.00 for a car driver pass for the week
to be sold only for person assisting the exhibitor with animals.
No extra livestock helper passes will be sold after noon on
111. Livestock trucks and trailers CANNOT
park for the week or overnight in the livestock parking area. A designated
area will be marked for trucks/trailers on the East side of grounds.
Horse exhibitors may arrange for one or two truck/trailers for tack.
112. Animals must be properly clipped, washed and stalls maintained
daily. Failure to provide for proper care and display of animals my
result in a loss of premiums to the exhibitor and/or dismissal from
113. Bedding for the animals may be straw, sawdust, shavings, or chips.
No bark or shredded newspaper may be used.
114. NO COOKING OR REFRIGERATORS ARE ALLOWED IN
115. Show Ring Ethics - Exhibitors of animals at the Bedford Co. Fair
shall at all times deport themselves with honesty and good sportsmanship.
Their conduct in this competitive environment shall always reflect the
highest standards of honor and dignity to promote the advancement of
agricultural education. This code applies to junior as well as open
class exhibitors who compete in structured classes of competition. This
code applies to all livestock offered in any event at the Fair.
All youth leaders working with junior exhibitors are under an affirmative
responsibility to do more than avoid improper conduct or questionable
acts. Their moral values must be so certain and positive that those
younger and more pliable will be influenced by their fine example. Owners,
exhibitors, fitters, trainers and absolutely responsible persons who
violate this code of ethics will forfeit premiums, awards and auction
proceeds and may be prohibited from future Fairs. Exhibitors who violate
this code of ethics demean the integrity of all livestock exhibitors
and should be prohibited from competition at all livestock shows in
the United States and Canada.
The following is a list of GUIDELINES for all exhibitors and all livestock
in competitive events:
A. All exhibitors must present, upon request of show
officials, proof of ownership, length of ownership and age of all animals
entered. Misrepresentation of ownership, age or any fact relating thereto
B. Owners, exhibitors, fitters, trainers, or absolutely
responsible persons shall provide animal health certificates from licensed
veterinarians upon request by show officials.
C. Junior exhibitors are expected to care for and groom
their animals while at the show.
D. Animals shall be presented to show events where
they will enter the food chain free of volitive drug residues. The act
of entering an animal in a livestock show is the giving of consent by
the owner, exhibitor, fitter, trainer and/or absolutely responsible
person for show management to obtain any specimens of urine, saliva,
blood, or other substances from the animal to be used in testing. Animals
not entered in an event which culminates with the animal entering the
food chain shall not be administered drugs other than in accordance
with applicable federal and state statues, regulations and rules. Livestock
shall not be exhibited if the drugs administered in accordance with
federal,or state statues, regulations and rules affect the animal's
performance or appearance at the event.
If the laboratory report on the analysis of saliva, urine, blood, or
other sample taken from livestock indicates the presence of forbidden
drugs or medication, this shall be prima facie evidence such substance
has been administered to the animal either internally or externally.
It is presumed that the sample of urine, saliva, blood, or other substance
tested by the approved laboratory to which it is sent is the one taken
from the animal in question, its integrity is preserved and all procedures
of said collection and preservation, transfer to the laboratory and
question and correctly reflects the condition of the animal at the time
the sample was taken, with the burden on the owner, exhibitor, fitter,
trainer, or absolutely responsible person to prove otherwise.
At any time after an animal arrives on the Fair premises, all treatments
involving the use of drugs and/or medications for the sole purpose of
protecting the health of the animal shall be administered by a licensed
E. Any surgical procedure or injection of any foreign
substance or drug or the external application of any substance (irritant,
counterirritant, or similar substance) which could affect the animal's
performance or alter its natural contour, conformation, or appearance,
except external applications of substances to the hoofs or horns of
animals which affect appearance only and except for surgical procedures
performed by a duly licensed veterinarian for the sole purpose of protecting
the health of the animal, is prohibited.
F. The use of showing and/or handling practices or
devices such as striking animals to cause swelling, using electrical
contrivance, or other similar practices are not acceptable and are prohibited.
G. Direct interference with the judge, show management,
other exhibitors, breed representatives, or show officials before, during,
or after the competitive event is prohibited. In the furtherance of
their official duty, all judges, show management, or other show officials
shall be treated with courtesy, cooperation and respect and no person
shall direct abusive or threatening conduct toward them.
H. No owner, exhibitor, fitter, trainer, or absolutely
responsible person shall conspire with another person or persons to
intentionally violate this code of ethics or knowingly contribute or
cooperate with another person or persons either by affirmative action
or inaction to violate this code of ethics.
I. The application of this code of ethics provides
for absolute responsibility for an animal's condition by an owner, exhibitor,
fitter, trainer, or participant whether or not he or she was actually
instrumental in or had actual knowledge of the treatment of the animal
in contravention of this code of ethics.
J. The act of entering an animal is the giving of consent
by the owner, exhibitor, fitter, trainer, or absolutely responsible
person to have disciplinary action taken by the Commission for violation
of this Code of Show Ring Ethics. The act of entering an animal is giving
of consent that any proceedings or disciplinary action taken by the
fair officials may be published with the name of the violator or violators
in any publication of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions,
including Fairs and Expositions and any special notices to members.
K. The act of entering of an animal in the show is
the giving of verification by the owner, exhibitor, fitter, trainer,
or absolutely responsible person that he or she has read the Code of
Show Ring Ethics and understands the consequences of and penalties provided
for actions prohibited by the code. It is further a consent than any
action which contravenes these rules and is also in violation of federal
and state statues, regulations, or rules may be released to appropriate
law enforcement authorities with jurisdiction over such infractions.
L. USE CAUTION WHEN FITTING YOUR ANIMALS. Be sure to
use only grooming products that are approved for use on meat and dairy
animals when fitting your animals for show. Unapproved products may
contain ingredients that result in unacceptable residues in the meat
or milk. If you are not certain that a product is residue safe and approved
for use on meat or dairy animals, do not us it! **Important!"
If upon slaughter treatment with drugs, biologics, or any chemical from
fitting products, is the cause of condemnation of a carcass, the loss
of the carcass and any other damages will be borne by the exhibitor.
116. Electric cords used in the barns must be 12AWG.
117. Grooming: Use only grooming products that are approved for use
on meat animals when fitting any animal for show. Any animal showing
evidence of unethical fitting practices such as tampering with the natural
fleshing and muscle development (including but NOT limited to drenching
and pumping fluids) will be barred from the show and sent home. The
exhibitor will also be barred from exhibiting at the fair for one year.
In the event of an animal illness, the exhibitor should notify and consult
the species' superintendent.