The Calhoun County Fair kicks off Tuesday, Oct. 15, at the Calhoun County Fairgrounds.

Following are the category rules for the show. For more information or divisions call 361-920-3207 or visit calcofair.com.

General Rules & Regulations

1. All general rules of the Calhoun County Fair will apply to the Adult & Youth Show.

2. Eligibility

a. Entries are open to any resident of Calhoun County or any youth enrolled in Calhoun County Independent School District.

3. Entries

a. All entries must have been made by the person entering the item.

b. All entries must have been completed within the past 12 months. Entries from previous years are not eligible for exhibition and will not be accepted.

c. Entry must have a completed entry tag attached.

d. The Department Superintendent will direct and be in charge of entries and reserves the right to accept or reject entries depending on condition and suitability of exhibits. Calhoun County Fair reserves the right to refuse any entry deemed inappropriate for the fair.

e. Entries will be watched and every precaution wilt be taken to protect all entries, but in no case will the Calhoun County Fair Association be held responsible for damage or theft.

f. Entries not picked up during the scheduled time will be discarded.

4. Age Categories - age is determined as of August 31*

a. Day Care and Preschool ages – Ribbons only

b. Adult 19 years old and over

c. Senior 14 - 18 years old

d. Junior 9 - 13 years old

e. Sub Junior 4 - 8 years old

f. Senior citizens 65-plus

*Age Categories do not apply to the School Art Department

5. Judging & Awards

a. Entries will be awarded a ribbon according to merit. Entries in a class with only one entry will receive an award if deemed worthy by the judges.

b. The name of the exhibitor shall not be displayed until judging is complete.

c. Decisions of the judge(s) are final, and no appeals will be heard concerning the placing.

d. No person other than Fair Officials and Judges will be allowed in the exhibit area during the time the exhibits are being judged.

e. Superintendents have the right to reclassify any entry in order to comply with the rules of the show or if they think it is in the best interest of the entry.

Any entry not meeting the requirements shall be disqualified by the superintendent.

6. Cash Premiums

a. Ribbons (Adults & Youth)

First place, Blue Ribbon - $3

Second place, Red Ribbon - $2

Third place, White ribbon - $1

b. Rosettes (Adult & Youth)

Grand Rosette - $5

Reserve Rosette - $4

c. In the event of a rainout or financial failure of the Calhoun County Fair, the Calhoun County Fair Association reserves the right to reduce its published premium list to an amount in proportion to the total receipts.

d. All checks must be cashed within 30 days.

e. Failure to pick up an entry during the scheduled time will result in forfeiture of any and all premiums

7. Rules pertaining to a specific Department are listed under that Department’s rules

Special Premiums

Gift certificates or trophies will be awarded to Sub-Juniors, Juniors, Seniors, and Adults in each department having highest number of points from blue ribbons, rosettes, and reserves.

In the senior citizens division, a gift certificate or trophy will be awarded to the overall high points from blue ribbons, rosettes, and reserves rosettes.

Each Rosette ribbon – 5 points

Each reserve ribbon – 3 points

Each blue ribbon – 2 points

Livestock Show Rules

Wednesday, Oct. 16

Hogs, Lambs, Goats, Steers, Breeding Animals

Sifting will begin with hogs after hog arrival and weigh-in.

Remaining order of the sift will be determined at the sift judge’s discretion

7 a.m. - Hogs Arrive, Weigh-In & Sift

7 a.m. - Gilts Arrive & Check-In

7:30 a.m. - Lambs and Goats Arrive & Weigh-In

8 a.m. Steers Arrive & Weigh-In

8 a.m. - Heifers Arrive & Check-In

4 p.m. - Judging Begins With Market Lambs

Breeding Ewes (directly follows Lambs)

5 p.m. - Market Goats (directly follows Breeding Ewes) Breeding Does (directly follows Market Goats)

6 p.m. - Market Steers (directly follows Breeding Does) Junior Beef Heifers (directly follows Market Steers)

7 p.m. - Market Swine (directly follows Junior Beef Heifers) Breeding Gilts (directly follows Market Swine)

Poultry

8:30 a.m. - Poultry Arrive, Weigh-in, & Sift

(Sift Order: Roasters, Turkeys, Broilers)

Poultry Judging will immediately follow completion of Poultry Sift in the following order: Roasters, Turkeys, Broilers

Rabbits

9:30 a.m. - Rabbits Arrive, Weigh-In, & Sift

Rabbit Judging will immediately follow completion of Sift

Auction, Thursday, Oct. 17

6 p.m. - Auction Registration

6 p.m. - Auction Begins

Textile Rules

1. Registration is from 4 to 8 p.m., Monday, Oct. 14, 2019.

2. Entries are limited to one item per category per exhibitor. If a division category has sub categories, only one entry in each sub-category will be allowed per exhibitor.

3. Adult entries will be judged based upon the following separation:

a. Adult: 19 - 64 years old ($1 Entry Fee)

b. Senior Citizens: 65+ years old ($1 Entry Fee)

4. Youth entries will be judged based upon the following separation:

a. Sub-Junior: 4 -8 (50¢ Entry Fee)

b. Juniors: 9 - 13 (50¢ Entry Fee)

c. Seniors: 14 – 18 (50¢ Entry Fee)

5. Day Care and Preschool ages – Ribbons only

6. Articles will be judged on the quality of workmanship according to the techniques used considering general appearance, construction techniques, and suitability of materials.

7. Awards - a blue, red, or white ribbon will be awarded to each entry based upon merit. Grand & Reserve Champion rosettes awarded within each Division by Age Category, based upon merit.

Baked Goods Rules

1. Registration is from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14.

2. Entries are limited to one item per category per exhibitor. If a Division category has sub-categories, only one entry in each sub-category will be allowed per exhibitor. For example, if an exhibitor wanted to enter the Pie Category with both fruit pie and a pecan pie that would be acceptable because those are both sub-categories in the Pie Category.

3. Adult entries will be judged based upon the following separation:

a. Adult: 19 - 64 years old ($1 Entry Fee)

b. Senior Citizens: 65+ years old ($1 Entry Fee)

4. Youth entries will be judged based upon the following separation:

a. Sub-Junior: 4 - 8 (50¢ Entry Fee)

b. Juniors: 9- 13 (50¢ Entry Fee)

c. Seniors: 14 – 18 (50¢ Entry Fee)

5. Day Care and Preschool ages – Ribbons only

6. Awards - a blue, red, or white ribbon will be awarded to each entry based upon merit. Grand and Reserve Champion rosettes will be awarded within each Division by Age Category, based upon merit.

7. Each entry must be accompanied by the recipe. The recipe must be complete. These recipes will become the property of the Calhoun County Fair Association, with the right to use them at a future date.

8. For those classes that the entry is displayed in a group of six (6), the entry must be attractively displayed on a small plastic or paper plate and inserted into a plastic zip-lock bag.

For all other entries use size appropriate aluminum disposable container with clear disposable lid or covered with clear plastic wrap.

9. Prepared mixes may only be used in the Mixes Plus Classes, the Decorated Cakes Class or the Decorated Cookies Class. Do not use prepared mixes for any other class.

10. Participants may pick up 3/4 of each of their baked items (except Decorated Cakes & Decorated Cookies, cookies, and candies) after judging on Tuesday between the hours of 4 and 8 p.m.

Entries may only be picked up on Tuesday by participant or qualified adult of participant. One serving of each item will be kept for display.

Art Rules

1. Registration is from 4 to 8 p.m., Monday, Oct. 14, 2019.

2. Entries are limited to one item per category per exhibitor. If a division category has sub-categories, only one entry per sub-category will be allowed per exhibitor.

3. Adult entries will be judged based upon the following separation:

a. Adult: 19 - 64 years old 9 ($1 entry fee)

b. Senior Citizens: 65+ years old ($1 entry fee)

4. Youth entries will be judged based upon the following age separation:

a. Sub-Junior: 4 years – 8 years old (50¢ entry fee)

b. Juniors: 9 years – 13 years old (50¢ entry fee)

c. Seniors: 14 years – 18 years old (50¢ entry fee)5. Day Care and Preschool ages – Ribbons only

5 Entries will be judged based on workmanship, adaptability of color, and overall appearance.

6. Awards - a blue, red, or white ribbon will be awarded the top three and each entry is based upon merit. Grand & Reserve Champion rosettes awarded within each Division by Age Category, based upon merit.

7. Entries should be matted or framed suitable for hanging.

8. Entries must not exceed 18-inches x 24-inches (including frame)

9. Entries must be the original work of the exhibitor and appropriate for public audiences of all ages.

10. Professional entries will not be accepted. A professional is defined as one who advertises, teaches, sells, trades or works with art as a livelihood.

Photography Rules

8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, 2019.

2. No late entries will be accepted.

3. Adult entries will be judged based upon the following separation:

a. Adult: 19 - 64 years old ($1 Entry Fee)

b. Senior Citizens: 65+ years old ($1 Entry Fee)

4. Youth entries will be judged based upon the following separation:

a. Sub-Junior: 4 – 8 years old (50¢ Entry Fee)

b. Juniors: 9 – 13 years old (50¢ Entry Fee)

c. Seniors: 14 – 18 years old (50¢ Entry Fee)

5. Day Care and Preschool ages – Ribbons Only

6. Awards - a blue, red, or white ribbon will be awarded to each entry based upon merit. Grand & Reserve Champion Ribbons will be awarded within each Class by Age Category, based upon merit.

7. Photo must be 4 inches by 6 inches.

8. Entries must be matted with commercial mats or poster board (no foam board)

9. Mats must be 5 inches by 7 inches.

10. No slides or “instant” photos will be accepted.

11. All entries must be on photo quality paper.

12. In the Before and After pictures, you would enter two pictures in the same media. Example: if one photo is in black and white and the 2nd photo would have to be in black and white. 13. Pick up will be on Sunday, October 20 from 1 - 3 p.m.

Education Rules

1. Displays are allowed by any Calhoun County individual or group. They may request and decorate as many entries in this department as

they wish.

2. The Calhoun County Fair Association is not responsible for lost items.

3. Display area will be assigned by superintendents and will be labeled for exhibitor upon their arrival to set up booth.

4. Displays can be set up on Tuesday, October 1 thru Friday, October 4, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, October 5, from 9 a.m. to 4p.m.

Removal of displays are Sunday, October 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. only. If special arrangements need to be made, the superintendent or co-superintendent must be contacted at (361)655-0368 or (361)676-2232.

5. Display areas may have tabletops and backboards decorated. Skirting and banners are allowed on front of booth (if wanted) as long as there is no obstruction in walk ways. Exhibitors are responsible for removing all staples, tacks, tape, and any other items that were used in decorating. All exhibits must be removed from Educational Building by 3 p.m. Sunday, October 20, or they will be thrown away.

6. Age groups are as follows as of August 31, 2019:

Youth: 5-18 years old

Adult: 19 years and above

7. Divisions include:

D1: Health

D2: Educational/Informational

a. Schools

b. Clubs/organizations

c. Sports related

d. Miscellaneous school related

D-3: Services/Civic

a. Emergency Responders

b. Miscellaneous

D-4: Agriculture

8. Youth and adult entries will be judged based on the following separation:

A. Individual Exhibit

B. Group Exhibit

9. Judging will be done on Tuesday, October 8, 2019. Judging of work will be based on a point system of 1 to 25 for each of the following: originality/theme, use of color, educational value, and overall attractiveness.

10. Awards for category will be given as follows: 1 grand champion, 1 reserve champion, 1 first place, 1 second place, and 1 third place.

11. No items or services may be directly sold out of this building. Promotional and fundraising activities/information is allowed.

You have committed you or your organization to decorate this booth. If after receiving this set of rules you or your organization have decided not to fulfill this obligation, you must call 361-655-0368 or 361-676-2232 as soon as possible. This will allow time for other organizations to prepare decorations for the booth.

Canned Goods Department

1. Registration is from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, 2019

2. Entries are limited to one item per category per exhibitor. If a division category has sub-categories, only one entry in each sub-category will be allowed per exhibitor. Where applicable, participants may enter one jar of whole product and one jar of sliced product in each class.

3. Adult entries will be judged based upon the following separation:

a. Adult: 19 - 64 years old ($1 entry fee)

b. Senior Citizens: 65+ years old ($1 entry fee)

4. Youth entries will be judged based upon the following separation:

a. Sub-Junior: 4 – 8 (50¢ entry fee)

b. Juniors: 9 – 13 (50¢ entry fee)

c. Seniors: 14 – 18 (50¢ entry fee)

5. Day Care and Preschool ages – Ribbons only

6. Awards - a blue, red, or white ribbon will be awarded to each entry based upon merit. Grand & Reserve Champion rosettes awarded within each Division by Age Category, based upon merit.

7. Canned goods must be in standard jars. No mayonnaise or other odd-shaped jars will be accepted. No colored jars will be accepted. The jars must be clean and polished and without chips. No embellishments are allowed. Do not cover or decorate lids or any part of the jar. Do not put your name on any part of the jars, names are only allowed on the entry tag.

8. Lids must be sealed. Lids and rings must be free of rust and other defects. The use of paraffin for sealing is not permitted.

9. Neat, plain labels, with the product name, are to be placed on the front of the jar. No labels or writing should be on the lid of the entry.

10. No homemade wine entries will be accepted.

Junior Livestock Judging Rules

Friday, OCTOBER 18, 2019

Registration 8 a.m.

Orientation 8:45 a.m.

Judging Contest 9 a.m.

Awards Presentation ASAP

Entry Fees: $10.00/individual $30.00/Team

Calhoun Fairgrounds 186 Henry Barber Way Port Lavaca TX 77979

1. Any Texas FFA Chapter or 4-H Club may enter the contest and the number of teams per organization will not be limited. All teams must have a minimum of three (3) members and a maximum of four (4), with teams of four (4) having the lowest score dropped. FFA chapters and 4-H clubs wishing to enter individuals may do so. All team members will be counted as separate individuals to determine “individual high point” awards.

2. The contest will be divided into Junior and Senior divisions based on the grade level of the contestant. Contestants in 9th-12th are considered Seniors, 3rd - 8th are considered Juniors. A Junior contestant may compete on a Senior team but a Senior may not compete on a Junior team. Junior contestants competing on Senior teams will also be competing against Senior individuals for individual contest awards.

3. There will be no cheating allowed. Anyone caught cheating will be removed from the contest immediately and disqualified.

4. Scantron sheets will be used for the placing of each class and will be provided by Calhoun County 4-H. Each contestant will be provided with one scan sheet. Any replacement scantron will cost $1.00. All ovals must be colored in completely and must be dark. Any stray marks or mistakes must be completely erased. DO NOT fold or bend the scantron in any way that may prevent the sheet from being read by the electronic scanner. Contestants are encouraged to bring #2 pencils and a manila folder to protect their scantron from dirt and moisture. All scores will be tabulated by the scantron computer and are final.

5. The Hormel System will be used to score the contest. Scores will be based on placing and question classes only. There will NOT be any Reasons classes. Tiebreaking class(es) will be designated by the officials.

6. Contestants will be allowed 10 minutes per class. A total of 7-8 judging classes which may include a combination of market steers, market lambs, breeding heifers, market hogs and market goats will make up the judging portion of the contest. Additional information concerning handling of the classes and animal soundness will be addressed prior to the contest during the introduction.

7. There will be 1-3 questions classes. Contestants will be informed of the question classes prior to the start of the contest. The questions portion of the contest will be conducted in the stands immediately following the judging portion of the contest.

8. Official placings/reasons will be given following the conclusion of the question portion of the contest. Animals used in the livestock judging contest will stay in the arena at most, one hour after official placings/reasons are given.

9. Results & Awards will be presented as soon as possible at the conclusion of the contest. Please be present. The results as announced will be final.

Crafts Rules

1. Registration is from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, Oct. 14, 2019.

2. Entries are limited to one item per category per exhibitor. If a division category has sub-categories only one entry in each sub-category will be allowed per exhibitor.

3. Adult entries will be judged based upon the following separation:

a. Adult 19 - 64 years old ($1 Entry Fee)

b. Senior Citizens: 65+ years old ($1 Entry Fee)

4. Youth entries will be judged based upon the following separation:

a. Sub-Junior: 4 – 8 (50¢ Entry Fee)

b. Juniors: 9 – 13 (50¢ Entry Fee)

c. Seniors: 14 – 18 (50¢ Entry Fee)

5. Day Care and Preschool ages – Ribbons only

6. Articles will be judged on the quality of workmanship according to the techniques used

considering general appearance, construction techniques, and suitability of materials.

7. Awards - a blue, red, or white ribbon will be awarded to each entry based upon merit.

Grand & Reserve Champion rosettes awarded within each Division by Age Category, based upon merit.

8. Hair accessories and jewelry entries must be mounted on foam or other material suitable for display.

Agricultural Exhibit Rules

Registration is from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, 2019

2. Entries are limited to one item per category per exhibitor. If a division category has sub-categories, only one entry in each sub-category will be allowed per exhibitor.

3. Adult entries will be judged based upon the following separation:

a. Adult: 19 - 64 years old ($1 entry fee)

b. Senior Citizens: 65+ years old ($1 entry fee)

4. Youth entries will be judged based upon the following separation:

a. Sub-Junior: 4 years old – 8 years old (50¢ entry fee)

b. Juniors: 9 years old – 13 years old (50¢ entry fee)

c. Seniors: 14 years old – 18 years old (50¢ entry fee)

5. Day Care and Preschool ages – Ribbons only

6. Entries will be judged on the basis of accurate cutting and quality of construction techniques.

7. Awards - a blue, red, or white ribbon will be awarded to each entry based upon merit. Grand & Reserve Champion rosettes awarded within each Division by Age Category based upon merit.

8. All entries must be machine sewn or hand sewn by exhibitor.

9. Exhibitor must provide hangers for all entries that can be hung.

10. Garments must be clean and neatly pressed. Entries will be judged on the basis of accurate cutting and quality of construction techniques. Garments showing signs of wear will not be accepted.

11. Exhibitor may provide a clear plastic bag to cover garment after judging.

Livestock Judging Contest

O–ct. 18, 2019

Registration 8 a.m.

Orientation 8:45 a.m.

Judging Contest 9 a.m.

Awards Presentation ASAP

Entry Fees: $10/individual $30/Team

Calhoun Fairgrounds 186 Henry Barber Way Port Lavaca TX 77979

1. Any Texas FFA Chapter or 4-H Club may enter the contest and the number of teams per organization will not be limited. All teams must have a minimum of three (3) members and a maximum of four (4), with teams of four (4) having the lowest score dropped. FFA chapters and 4-H clubs wishing to enter individuals may do so. All team members will be counted as separate individuals to determine “individual high point” awards.

2. The contest will be divided into Junior and Senior divisions based on the grade level of the contestant. Contestants in 9th-12th are considered Seniors, 3rd - 8th are considered Juniors. A Junior contestant may compete on a Senior team but a Senior may not compete on a Junior team. Junior contestants competing on Senior teams will also be competing against Senior individuals for individual contest awards.

3. There will be no cheating allowed. Anyone caught cheating will be removed from the contest immediately and disqualified.

4. Scantron sheets will be used for the placing of each class and will be provided by Calhoun County 4-H. Each contestant will be provided with one scan sheet. Any replacement scantron will cost $1.00. All ovals must be colored in completely and must be dark. Any stray marks or mistakes must be completely erased. DO NOT fold or bend the scantron in any way that may prevent the sheet from being read by the electronic scanner. Contestants are encouraged to bring #2 pencils and a manila folder to protect their scantron from dirt and moisture. All scores will be tabulated by the scantron computer and are final.

5. The Hormel System will be used to score the contest. Scores will be based on placing and question classes only. There will NOT be any Reasons classes. Tiebreaking class(es) will be designated by the officials.

6. Contestants will be allowed 10 minutes per class. A total of 7-8 judging classes which may include a combination of market steers, market lambs, breeding heifers, market hogs and market goats will make up the judging portion of the contest. Additional information concerning handling of the classes and animal soundness will be addressed prior to the contest during the introduction.

7. There will be one to three questions classes. Contestants will be informed of the question classes prior to the start of the contest. The questions portion of the contest will be conducted in the stands immediately following the judging portion of the contest.

8. Official placings/reasons will be given following the conclusion of the question portion of the contest. Animals used in the livestock judging contest will stay in the arena at most, one hour after official placings/reasons are given.

9. Results & Awards will be presented as soon as possible at the conclusion of the contest. Please be present. The results as announced will be final.