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Rules - 4-H and FFA Livestock Exhibitors

(PLEASE SEE "DEPARTMENT 1-10 RULES" AND "ANIMAL HEALTH RULES")

1. Classes are open to 4-H Clubs, Vo-Ag and FFA members in Bedford County with the only exception being Junior Dairy which is open to Blair County Junior members.
2. 4-H Club members must currently be entered on the Penn State Extension 4-H enrollment records for the project in which entry is desired at the Fair.
3. FFA members must be currently enrolled in Vo-Ag classes of Junior FFA clubs with a bona fide farming project in which entry is desired at the Fair, and must have an active FFA membership card from the teacher of agriculture.
4. Project books must accompany all animals and will be checked by the proper committee.
5. Animals, except where specifically exempted, must be registered in exhibitors name and be a supervised project.
6. Joint ownership considered to be as one owner in accordance with registration papers.
7. No exhibitor may enter more than two animals in any one class.
8. Animals must be shown by exhibitor. In case of sickness or other approved reason by proper Superintendent, animal then may be shown by another 4-H or FFA member.
9. Junior Livestock exhibitor may show in open classes if entered in same class by the entry deadline.
10. All livestock health admission requirements listed in the Departments 1-10 Rules must be met.
11. Special Fitting & Showing contests and trophies are open only to bona fide exhibitors in the division for the trophy. Competitors must be showing their own animals. Exhibitor age is as of January 1, of the current fair year. Special Fitting & Showing contests and trophies are open only to bona fide exhibitors in the division for the trophy. Competitors must be showing their own animals. Exhibitor age is as of January 1, of the Fair year. Exhibitors must present their animal at the scales to be considered a bona fide exhibitor and become eligible to compete in showmanship. If the animal does not make weight, the exhibitor may borrow an animal from any exhibitor to compete in showmanship. If the exhibitor does not present an animal at the scales for weigh-in, the project is considered incomplete, and the exhibitor is not eligible for showmanship.
12. It is the responsibility of parents or legal guardians to monitor or arrange for the supervision of their children under the age of 18 at all times during the Fair.
13. A Junior Livestock Sale Committee, consisting of six (6) persons made up by the chairman and one committee member of each livestock, will set the sales commission and other rules as needed for the sale. If a Penn State Extension staff member is not included in the above, one will serve as ex-officio.
14. Any and all animals entered and shown at the Bedford Co Fair are the sole responsibility of the exhibitor. If an animal tests positive for a non-approved substance; i.e. performance enhancing or non-approved for food producing animals, the exhibitor will be held accountable no matter the circumstances, date of purchase, or date of taking possession of the animal. The top 3 market animals will immediately be taken to the designated drug testing area for a sample once the grand drive has ended. The official veterinarian will release the exhibitor and animal once testing is deemed complete.

The Bedford County Fair and its officers, reserve the right to randomly drug test any livestock exhibited at the Bedford County Fair. Non-approved pharmaceuticals are 100% prohibited! This includes substances not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and/or the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for slaughter animals that may be destined for human consumption. This includes the use of all products that are not FDA approved including but not limited to any unapproved growth stimulant, beta-agonists, diuretics, or other unapproved medication meant for human usage that are intended for performance enhancing purposes. All utilized pharmaceuticals should be in compliance with Pennsylvania standards, USDA, and/or USDA/Food Safety/safety standards.
If any substance found in the obtained sample is non-approved, then the individual exhibitor will be subject to the following penalties:
(A) Disqualified from exhibiting at the Bedford County Fair for one year.
(B) Any & all money will be forfeited.
(C) All awards (banners, buckles, etc.) must be returned to the Department Committee immediately regardless of situation or will be billed at the Committee's discretion.
(D) Will be responsible to pay any and all fees for the blood test results.

Premium Checks

1. No premium checks will be re-issued. Checks are only valid for 90 days.
2. Premium checks will be available at Livestock Office/4-H Center (Jr. Exhibitors & Clubs) and Jordan Hall (Sr. Exhibitors), during Fair week on Friday after 8 pm., Saturday, 8 am - 9 pm, and Sunday, - 9 am - 2 pm. (Note: These are NOT exhibit release times.) (Please ask staff if they have a check for you!)
3. Please make every effort to pick up your check BEFORE you leave the fairgrounds. After Sunday, checks will be available at the Fair Office, they will NOT be mailed. (Please ask staff if they have a check for you!) Checks are only valid for 90 days!
4. If you wish to have your premium check mailed, please provide a stamped self-address envelope. Give the envelope to the Livestock office or Jordan Hall personnel.
5. Departments 11-24 Exhibits may be removed from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm Saturday July 27 and on Sunday, July 28 from 8 am - 2 pm. After July 28, exhibits may be picked up at the fair office. NOTE: Exhibits not picked up by August 31 will become the property of the Fair and given to charity.
5. Livestock is dismissed on Saturday at 2:00 pm. No exceptions!
6. Consignor (exhibitor) checks will be mailed as soon as all buyers have paid for their purchases from Jr Livestock Sale. The Fair Office does not issue the checks for the Livestock Sale! Please contact the sale committee if you have any questions.
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