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The following are forms needed to enter animals in the fair along with overnight housing forms and permission slips. All forms are in Microsoft Word Documents. Please send completed forms to:

Bethany Olson
150 Unitas Rd.
New Braintree, MA 01531

Poultry and Rabbits: Please remember that all poultry must be tested for disease before being brought to the fair. See Poultry under Classes for more information.

Beef, Dairy, Goats, Llamas, Sheep, Swine, Dogs, Displays and Public Speaking. Please see each class listing for more information.

Overnight Housing You must be preregistered to stay overnight at the fair. All youth must be accompanied by an adult chaperone. More information is available in this document.

Horse Show

Youth Volunteer Form Keep track of your hours for the Outstanding Youth Volunteer Award.


General Rules
Cloverbud Participation(5, 6, & 7 year olds)
Animal Health Rules (pdf)

General Rules

1. Interpretation of all rules will be made by the Executive Committee of the 4-H Fair. Any complaint must be made in writing and presented to the committee.
2. The Worcester County 4-H Fair is open to all youth in Massachusetts.
3. Age Requirements - judging will be done in each respective group:
4. Cloverbuds: 5-7 as of January 1, 2010 (Restricted from some livestock classes. See page 4)
Juniors: 8-13 as of January 1, 2010.
Seniors: 14-18 as of January 1, 2010.

4. Pre-entries required for: Livestock, Public Speaking, Visual Presentations, Working Exhibits, Current Technology, and Educational Displays. Entry Forms are in the rear of this catalog. All pre-entries must be postmarked by August 16, 2010. There may be a late fee of $5.00 per exhibitor. No refunds of pre-entries if exhibitor is absent.
5. Livestock exhibitors must follow the livestock rules and animal health regulations prescribed by the fair
6. All exhibits must arrive between 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Thursday, August 26 and Noon to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, August 27. Exceptions: Goats, Rabbits and Cavies will be accepted between 8:30 and 9:30 Saturday morning for Saturday activities or goats may enter on Sunday morning by 8:00 a.m. for the Dairy Goat Show.
7. An exhibitor shall make only one entry in a given class (except in individual livestock classes, where two placings per class, per breed, per exhibitor are allowed).
8. Every exhibit must have a 4-H entry card. Cards are available from your 4-H Educator through the 4-H office and will also be available at the fair. Your 4-H exhibitor number must be on the card. Exhibitor numbers are available at registration. Cloverbuds - green sheet, Juniors - white card, Seniors - pink card.
9. All entrants must mark "kit" or "not a kit" on entry card. Any entry not specified will be judged as a "kit."
10. Exhibits must be placed in the exhibit hall by the individual exhibitor (not a parent or leader). Exceptions are noted in specific commodity rules. Please do not move the exhibits after youth have placed them. Every exhibitor is responsible for having exhibits picked up at the close of the fair.
11. Exhibitors may be questioned by the judges regarding their exhibit. All exhibits, except livestock, must be made during the past 12 months.
12. The Fair Committee is not responsible for loss or damage of exhibits or property, or injury to animals or persons.
13. Articles made as a school project or at camp may be exhibited at the fair.
14. A new class will be added to the commodity list when there are 5 or more similar entries.
15. "Any other" is for classes not listed in the catalog or in a new class.
16. Placings will be awarded on basis of quality of exhibit. The judge’s decision is final.
17. If only one exhibit or exhibitor is in a class, the judge will award the prize on the merit of the exhibit.
18. Premium money will be paid based on a point system. The amount of available prize money will be divided by total points awarded to determine point value. This amount is subject to change. Make sure the Fair has your correct address for mailing purposes.
19. Premiums will not be paid to Cloverbuds. Cloverbuds will receive special ribbons.
20. Rosettes MAY be given to the Best Junior and the Best Senior exhibit (or score) in each commodity at the discretion of the judge. (Unless stated otherwise under Special Awards).
21. All foods, vegetables, flowers, and herbs (with the exception of winter crops, vegetable baskets, vegetable displays, houseplants and flower arrangements) will be sold at auction. This includes Rosette winners.
22. No exhibit may be removed before 4 p.m. or the end of the General Assembly, whichever is later, unless stated otherwise in Commodity Rules. Exhibits removed before this time will forfeit premium money.
23. Any 4-H organization wishing to conduct any fundraising activities during the Fair must obtain permission from the 4-H Fair Executive Committee.
24. No animals are allowed in Andrews Hall.
25. All Exhibitors must supply their own water pails, grain, hay & bedding unless otherwise noted.

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Cloverbud Participation, ages 5-8

What are Cloverbuds?

CLOVERBUD PARTICIPATION (5, 6, & 7 year olds) Why are Cloverbuds different? These years are often a time of wanting more privileges than allowed in early childhood without the responsibilities of adolescence. The challenge for children in this age group is understanding the method, exploring, and practicing.

Exhibits: Each Cloverbud will have space to exhibit what they have made during the year in a special area in Andrews Hall. Individual Cloverbud items need not fall under the class designations listed in the catalog and will receive special ribbons regardless of the number of projects included in their exhibit. Adult volunteers who are particularly sensitive to children of Cloverbud age will make positive comments about each child's exhibits.

Cloverbuds 7 years old: These Cloverbuds will be able to choose to be judged on the Danish System. At this time it is important to teach children to learn what they can from judging and not take it too seriously, making it an ideal time to transition those children from Participation ribbons to the Danish system. The items in these cloverbud exhibits will be rated in relation to how they compare to a "standard" for such items and not judged as they compare to any other exhibits.

Animal Events: Cloverbuds must follow all rules and regulations required for animals. There are no entry fees for Cloverbuds. Because of the risks and expectations of showing, 4-H divides animals into two categories.
   Lap animals (Rabbits, cavies, and poultry): Cloverbuds may bring their animals for public exhibit though they willnot be judged. Children may participate in the "Cloverbud Rabbit or Cavy Show" while children 7 years of age may choose to be evaluated on the Danish system.
   Large animals (Beef, dairy, dairy goat, horse, sheep, dog, swine, and llamas) Youth must be at least 8 years of age as of January 1, 2010. With the help of a knowledgeable teen or adult, children ages 6 and 7 may participate in the Dog Show, Costume Show and specific events of the Llama show.

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Worcester County 4-H Fair Animal Rules

Animals are to be on the grounds by 9:00 a.m., Saturday, unless otherwise noted under Commodity Rules. Exhibitors must provide their own bedding.

1. Exhibitors must adhere to Barn Rules. Copies of rules are available at desk in cattle barn.
2. Space will be given out Thursday night at 7:00 PM during set-up. One representative from each club should see the chairman for space assignments.
3. All exhibitors must include Club name on entry blank.
4. HEALTH PAPERS WILL BE CHECKED See rules for your specific commodity for which health certificates are required. Contact your commodity chairperson before the fair date if in doubt about which certificate you will be required to have. Rabies vaccine is recommended, but not required, for any species of domestic animal for which a USDA approved Rabies vaccine exists (dogs, cats, horses, ferrets, cattle, and sheep).
5. Any animal, or herd, not passing the inspections per state livestock rules must be taken off the fairgrounds immediately. This will be strictly enforced. Please, do not bring sick animals to the fair. If you have any questions, please call your commodity chairperson.
6. Registration papers will be checked for those animals that require a registration.
7. If a person is bitten by an animal, the animal will have to be quarantined.
8. Uninspected late entries will be denied fair entrance.
9. The show committee will not be responsible for injuries to any animal.
10.Exhibitors must supply their own water pails, grain, hay and bedding.
11.All animals at the Fair must be properly cared for or the exhibitor's premiums will be forfeited.
12.No child under the age of 8 as of Jan 1 of the current year will be allowed in the show ring with a large animal. See "Cloverbud Participation".
13.Fitting and Showmanship Contests are mandatory for all exhibitors.
14.No adult may assist with the animals after they arrive on the show grounds. This will be enforced.
15.Registered and grade 4-H animal projects will be exhibited together.
16.A breed represented by 5 or less animals or by 1 exhibitor may be grouped by Livestock Chairman to optimize experience for 4-H members.
17.Animals must be shown by exhibitor.
18.Senior Yearlings in milk will show in 2-year-old class.
19.EXHIBITORS' UNIFORM: White dress shirt or tee shirt with white or khaki skirt or trousers as appropriate. A solid, durable shoe must be worn at all times. NO Sandals, clogs, bare feet or bathing attire will be allowed. No farm or club names are allowed on any clothing while in the show ring.
20.DRESS CODE -BEEF EXHIBITORS ONLY: White shirt or blouse, dark pants or skirt. Dress jeans are acceptable. A solid durable shoe must be worn at all times.
21.The uniform described above must be worn in all breed classes as well as fitting and showmanship classes or exhibitor will be disqualified.
22.Leased animals are allowed pursuant to requirements and conditions of the Massachusetts 4-H Leasing Program. May 1st Beef and Dairy cattle: June 1st Goats, Sheep, Swine, Llamas and Dogs.