Tri-County Fair            July 12, 13, 14, 15,   2018
Participant Rules

**2017 **


The Board of Directors has adopted certain rules and regulations that will govern the fair. All exhibitors agree to be governed by these rules.

The Fair Board will take precautions for the safekeeping of exhibits, but the Association will not be responsible for any damage that may occur.

All those who show livestock should have their animals trained to lead and handle for judging. The cow/calf pairs will be judged in their pens and do not need to be halter broke.

All livestock and horse exhibitors are welcome. Pre-registration is requested, although not required for the Friday horse show, Saturday small animal show and Sunday livestock show.

Contact Crystal Schaunaman, Extension Agent, (701) 288-5180, or e-mail for an entry form or click on the links in the specific sections below.

Regulations of the North Dakota Livestock Sanitary Board covering the admission of stock for exhibiting purposes will govern in all cases.

Exhibitors must provide their own feed, hay, and straw.

Exhibitors not following specific arrival and leave times will forfeit prize money.

All awards will be deemed final, unless fraud can be proven to the Fair Board.

No premium will be awarded to an unworthy exhibit even though it may be the only one entered in the class. An inferior exhibit in absence of competition will be placed according to its merit.

Fair directors will make any changes or additions to these rules and regulations. 


 Victor Meidinger, Supt.

Entries are due 10 days prior to the fair. For entry forms contact Crystal Schaunaman, 701-288-5180 or email - or download and print form here.2017_Jr__Pt_Entry_Form.pdf
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Open to anyone; including any 4-H member, FFA member, Jr. Breed Assoc. or Jr. Point Show member who has not reached his/her 21st birthday by show day. Swine, sheep, goats, dairy and beef must be checked in and penned by 7:00 p.m., Saturday. The swine show starts at 8 a.m. Sunday, followed by sheep then goats, dairy and beef. The round robin will be held after all species with the champion showmanship winners from each species invited to participate.  The small animal entries and judging will be held at 4:30 pm on Saturday. 

Click here for more detailed information  Open_Lvst_Invite__Info_on_Letterhead_2017__002_.pdf
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Fitting and Showmanship – All Species

All exhibitors may enter the showmanship competition. Exhibitors must show their own animals in showmanship lots, and the animal also must be shown in another lot in the class. Showmanship will be broken into two age groups: Junior (7-13 yrs) & Senior (13-21 yrs).  Two participants from each age group will be selected for the round-robin contest.


1. An exhibitor is limited to six animals and two entries per lot.

2. Champion and Reserve Champion will be selected.

3. Market beef will be shown on the basis of weight.

4. Heifers will be shown alphabetically by breed.


1101     Spring heifer calf, born March 2017

1102     Junior heifer calf, born in January or February 2017

1103     Winter heifer calf, born in November or December 2016

1104     Fall heifer calf, born in September or October 2016

1105     Late summer yearling heifer, born in July or August 2016

1106     Early summer yearling heifer, born in May or June 2016

1107     Spring yearling heifer, born in March or April 2016

1108     Junior yearling heifer, born in January or February 2016

1109     Senior yearling heifer, born August through December 2015

1110     Cow/calf pair (cow any age, calf must be born in 2017)

1111     Market beef heifer

1112     Market beef steer

1120     Spring bull calf or steer, born in 2017




1. An exhibitor is limited to six animals and two entries per lot.

2. Champion and Reserve Champion will be selected.

3. Market swine will be shown on the basis of weight classification.


Swine Breeding

1901     Registered, breeding gilt, born January 2017 or later

1902     Registered, breeding gilt, born October through December 2016

1903     Registered, breeding gilt, born July through September 2016

1904     Crossbred breeding gilt, maximum weight 385 pounds and follows                    market hog weight rules

1908     Boar, born January 2017 or later

Market Swine

1910       Market gilt

1911       Market barrow


1. Each member is limited to six animals and two entries per lot.

2. Champion and Reserve Champion will be selected.

3. Market lambs will be shown on the basis of weight classification.


Sheep Breeding

1801     Spring ewe lamb, born January 2017 or later

1802     Fall ewe lamb, born September through December 2016

1803     Yearling ewe, born September 2015 through August 2016

1806     Spring ram lamb, born January 2017 or later

1807     Fall ram lamb, born September through December 2016

1808     Yearling ram, born September 2015 through August 2016

Market Sheep

1810       Market ewe lamb

1811       Wether lamb 


1. An exhibitor is limited to six animals and two entries per lot.

2. Champion and Reserve Champion female will be selected.

LOT-Dairy Cattle


 1201     Spring heifer calf, born March 2017 or later

1202     Winter heifer calf, born December 2016 through February 2017

1203     Fall heifer, born September through November 2016

1204     Summer yearling heifer, born June through August 2016

1205     Spring yearling heifer, born March through May 2016

1206     Winter yearling heifer, born December 2015 through February 2016

1207     Fall yearling heifer, born September through November 2015

1208     Two-year-old, born September 2014 through August 2015

1209     Two-year-old in milk, born September 2014 through August 2015

1210     Lactating cows more than 3 years old, born before Sept. 1, 2014

1211     Dry cows more than 3 years old, born before Sept. 1, 2014



1. A member is limited to six animals and two entries per lot.

2. Champion and Reserve Champion will be selected.

3. Market goats will be shown on the basis of weight classification.


Lots for Hair/Pygmy/Etc. Goats

(Other Goat)
1300     Goat not considered meat or dairy (pygmy, hair, etc.)

Lots for Meat Goats

1301    Doe, born on or after March 1, 2017

1302    Doe, born January through February 2017

1303    Doe, born Augu1st through December 2016

1304    Yearling doe, born August 2015 through July 2016

1305    Two-year-old doe

1306    Doe more than 2 years old

1307    Buck, born on or after March 1, 2017

1308    Buck, born January through February 2017

1309 Buck, born August through December 2016


Lot for Market Goats (all breeds and types)

1310     Wether or doe, any breed or breed cross born on or after Jan. 1, 2017


Lots for Dairy Goats

1311     Doe, born on or after March 1, 2017

1312     Doe, born January through February 2017

1313     Doe, born August through December 2016

1314     Yearling doe born August 2015 through July 2016

1315     Milker, under 2 years old

1316     Milker, 2 years old

1317     Milker, 3 and 4 years old

1318     Milker, 5 years and older

1319     Dry doe more than 2 years old

1320     Buck, born on or after Aug. 1, 2016 (entries may be divided in two         groups, under 6 months, born after Feb. 1,or over 6 months)

The judge has the option of dividing showmanship by goat type.



There will be separate divisions for the commercial cow/calf producer and the seed stock producer. The premiums that will be paid are: 1st-$40, 2nd-$30, 3rd-$20, 4th-$15, 5th-$10. They can be purebred or commercial, don't need to be groomed or halter broke, and will be shown in their pens, which will be inside the livestock barn.

The cow/calf pairs must be brought in by 7:00 p.m., Saturday for exhibit on Sunday. They have to stay on exhibit until 3 p.m. Sunday. You all have that good cow with an exceptional calf at side. Bring them to the fair and show them off!

Call or e-mail Crystal Schaunaman, Extension Agent, at (701) 288-5180 or 10 days prior to the fair if you plan on bringing a cow/calf pair. If you don't notify us, a pen will not be set up. 


Saturday, July 15th @ 4:30 in the Livestock barn

1. An exhibitor may exhibit once in each lot with a maximum of 10 entries.
2. Exhibitors must be present during judging. Animals will be brought to the           table for show.  Exceptions may be made by the judge or show                           superintendent.    
3. Champion and Reserve Champions will be selected.
4. Classes will be the same as listed in the current ND State Fair 4-H book.  
5.  All small animals must be healthy. No certificate required. All entries are            subject to inspection by the Fair and are to be free of parasites and                    disease.  Unhealthy animals will be removed. 
If you are planning on exhibiting birds in North Dakota, you have one of             three choices:

·         Become a National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) flock  OR

·         Test exhibition birds within 90 days of the exhibition  OR

·         Purchase exhibition birds from NPIP sources (flock, hatchery or retail location selling from an NPIP-approved source)


Complete a Poultry Exhibition Statement of Origin form SFN 60329 (2-2013), including required signatures.

This form must accompany the birds to exhibits/shows. The form can be found on the ND Department of Agriculture’s website:

Have the birds banded prior to exhibition. Banding can be as simple as a safely applied zip-tie.

Click here to download and print entry form.  2017_small_animal_show_reg.docx
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The McIntosh County 4-H Animal Show will be held Friday, July 14. This show is for McIntosh County 4-Hers only. The show will have registration from noon to 1 p.m. The judging will start at 1:30 pm with the small animals followed by swine, sheep, goats, dairy, and beef. The classes will be the same as the current year's ND State Fair 4-H book. 

Horse entry will be Friday, July 14, from 9:30 - 10 a.m. with judging to start at 10:30 a.m.

The horse show will begin at 10:30 a.m. This show is open to anyone in the surrounding states and is a state qualifying 4-H show. 

Open to any 4-H or FFA member who is carrying a horse project.

Click on this link to see more information 2017_horse_exhibitor_letter.pdf
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 **Note that each event will also have an Open Class which is open to any age.  You must choose whether to compete in Open Class OR  4-H.**


Western Events

1401       Showmanship at halter, 8 through 11 years

1402       Showmanship at halter, 12 through 14 years

1403       Showmanship at halter, 15 through 18 years
1411       Western horsemanship, 8 through 11 years

1412       Western horsemanship, 12 through 14 years

1413       Western horsemanship, 15 through 18 years

1416       Western pleasure, 8 through 11 years

1417       Western pleasure, 12 through 14 years

1418       Western pleasure, 15 through 18 years

1421       Trail, 8 through 11 years

1422       Trail, 12 through 14 years

1423       Trail, 15 through 18 years

1431       Ranch horse pleasure, 8 through 11 years

1432       Ranch horse pleasure, 12 through 14 years

1433       Ranch horse pleasure, 15 through 18 years

1441       Reining, 8 through 11 years

1442       Reining, 12 through 14 years

1443       Reining, 15 through 18 years

Timed Events

1451       Pole bending, 8 through 11 years

1452       Pole bending, 12 through 14 years

1453       Pole bending, 15 through 18 years

1456       Keyhole race, 8 through 11 years

1457       Keyhole race, 12 through 14 years

1458       Keyhole race, 15 through 18 years

1461       Barrel racing, 8 through 11 years

1462       Barrel racing, 12 through 14 years

1463       Barrel racing, 15 through 18 years

English Events

1471       Hunt seat equitation, 8 through 11 years

1472       Hunt seat equitation, 12 through 14 years

1473       Hunt seat equitation, 15 through 18 years

1491       Hunter under saddle, 8 through 11 years

1492       Hunter under saddle, 12 through 14 years

1493       Hunter under saddle, 15 through 18 years


Open breed classes will consist of three age divisions in each breed shown. Classes will consist of geldings, mares and stallions. Horses are allowed to leave after the show and retain their premiums.

801      Under 1 year old

802       Yearlings

803       2 or more years

804       Reining

805       Trail

806       Showmanship at Halter

807       Western Horsemanship

808       Western Pleasure

809       Ranch horse pleasure



Youth Livestock-Breeding Classes

Swine: Blue-$8, Red-$6, White-$4

Sheep: Blue-$8, Red-$6, White-$4

Goats: Blue-$8, Red-$6, White-$4

Dairy: Blue-$15, Red-$10, White-$5

Beef: Blue-$15, Red-$10, White-$5

Youth Livestock-Market Classes

Steers: Blue-$20, Red-$15, White-$10 
Lamb, Swine & Goat: Blue-$8, Red-$6 White-$4


Champion Market beef-$500      R. Champion Market Beef-$250

Champion Beef Heifer-$250     R. Champion Beef Heifer-$150

Champion Dairy-$150              R. Champion Dairy-$75

Champion Market Lamb-$150      R. Champion Market Lamb-$75

Champion Ewe-$75                  R. Champion Ewe-$45

Champion Ram-$75                 R. Champion Ram-$45

Champion Market Swine-$150     R. Champion Market Swine-$75

Champion Gilt-$75                   R. Champion Gilt-$45

Champion Meat Goat Doe-$75    R.Champion Meat Goat Doe-$45

Champion Meat Goat Buck-$75       R. Champion Meat Goat Buck-$45

Champion Market Goat-$100 R. Champion Market Goat-$50

Champion Dairy Goat Female-$75    R. Champion Dairy Goat Female-$45

Champion Dairy Goat Buck-$75       R. Champion Dairy Goat Buck-$45

Poultry, Rabbits and Pets

Blue-$2.00, Red-$1.50, White-$1.00

4-H/FFA Horses

McIntosh County 4-H members

Blue-$10, Red-$8, White-$6

Other 4-H members

Blue-$5, Red-$4, White-$3

Open Class Horses

4 or more in class: 1st--$10, 2nd--$8, 3rd--$6, 4th--$4

3 in class: 1st--$8, 2nd--$6, $3rd--$4

2 in class: 1st--$6, 2nd--$4 



All exhibits must stay in place until 8 p.m., Sunday, July 16. No one item may be exhibited in both 4-H and open class. However, one person may exhibit a separate item in each division.



49   Threshed grain-wheat, barley, oats, durum, flax-one quart.

50   Corn-12 ears or six stalks.

51   Sorghum-bundle of five.

52   Grasses and legumes, bundle of 3 inches in diameter.

53   Sunflowers-bundles of 3 stalks with wheat heads.



54   Metal work.

55   Woodwork.

56   Welding.

57   Miscellaneous.


Julie Spitzer (701) 288-3032

The time to enter open class exhibits is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, July 14. Judging will be at 1 p.m. on July 14.

All exhibit items must be grown, canned or made in the years 2016 or 2017 and be the work of the exhibitor.

CASH PRIZES: All eligible exhibit items will receive a ribbon and a cash prize: $5 for purple ribbons, $3 for blue, $2 for red and $1 for white.

Remember, the contest is open class, so anyone can enter anything. All are welcome.

Exhibits must be approved regulation jars, such as Ball or Kerr. All jars should be thoroughly clean on the outside to be in display condition. Jams and jellies need sealed lids or a good wax seal. Include method and length of processing on all canned goods.


Lot 59-Pint or quart of canned fruit

Lot 60-Pint or quart of canned vegetable

Lot 61-Jams and jellies

Lot 62-Meats

Lot 63-Pickles and relish

Lot 64-Miscellaneous


Please Note! New rules

Lot 67-Three beans, green (calys attached)

Lot 68-Three beans, yellow (calys attached)

Lot 69-One beet (top one inch long)

Lot 70-One broccoli (minimum head diameter: three inches)

Lot 71-One cabbage (show with 1-2 green wrapper leaves)

Lot 72-One carrot (uniform type, one inch top)

Lot 73-One cauliflower (trim leaves flush with curd)

Lot 74-Three corn, sweet (show ears with husk on)

Lot 75-Three cucumbers, pickling (show with short stem)

Lot 76-One cucumber, slicing (not more than nine inches long)

Lot 77-One eggplant

Lot 78-Three Kohlrabi (remove root and leaf, stalks two to three inches long)

Lot 79-One onion, green table (maximum bulb diameter: 3/4- inch, tops: six                   inches long)

Lot 80-One onion, white, mature (shown with outer scales on, tops one inch                  long)

Lot 81-One onion, yellow, mature (shown with outer scales on, tops one inch                 long)

Lot 82-One onion, red, mature (shown with outer scales on, tops one inch                     long)

Lot 83-Three peas (uniform pods, calys attached

Lot 84-One pepper, green (uniform shape and size)

Lot 85-One pepper, red (uniform shape and size)

Lot 86-One potato, red (uniform tubers)

Lot 87-One potato, white (uniform tubers)

Lot 88-Two radishes, red (show with one inch tops)

Lot 89-Two radishes, white (show with one inch tops)

Lot 90-One rutabaga (one inch tops)

Lot 91-One squash, summer (not over eight inches long)

Lot 92-One Swiss chard (remove roots from plant)

Lot 93-Two tomatoes, green (uniform fruits)

Lot 94-Two tomatoes, ripe (uniform fruits)

Lot 95-One turnip (show with one inch top)

Lot 96-Dill (three seed heads)

Lot 97-Celery (one stalk)

Lot 98-One melon

Lot 99-Three lettuce plants, with roots washed

Lot 100-One head lettuce

Lot 101-Parsnips (three roots)

Lot 102-Rhubarb (three stalks)

Lot 103-Three spinach plants

Lot 104-One winter squash

Lot 105-Three cherry tomatoes

Lot 106-Any other vegetable


Lot 110-Apples (three fruit)

Lot 111-Cherries (three fruit)

Lot 112-Crabapples (three fruit)

Lot 113-Currants (one pint)

Lot 114-Gooseberries (one pint)

Lot 115-Plums (three fruit)

Lot 116-Raspberries (one pint)

Lot 117-Strawberries (one pint)

Lot 118-Juneberries (one pint)

Lot 119-Chokecherries (one pint) 


Lot 125-Potted plant, blossoming

Lot 126-Potted plant, foliage species

Lot 127-Mixed bouquet

Lot 128-Single stalk

Lot 129-Floral arrangement

Lot 130-Silk flower arrangement

Lot 131-Dry flower arrangement

Lot 132-Miscellaneous 


No Box Mixes 
Please Bring Recipe

Lot 135-One of the following: bread, cake, pie, kuchen, etc.

Lot 136-Four per plate of roll or cream puffs, etc.

Lot 137-Four each of cookies, doughnuts, bars, etc.


Lot 138-Four muffins (sweetening 100 percent honey)

Lot 139-Four cookies (at least 50 percent honey sweetening)

Lot 140-Cakes (sweetening at least 50 percent honey)

Lot 141-Yeast breads (sweetening 100 percent honey)

Lot 142-Quick breads (sweetening 100 percent honey)


(Wall hangings must be ready to hang)

Lot 143-Painting and etching

Lot 144-Quilting

Lot 145-Sewing (household accessories)

Lot 146-Ceramics

Lot 147-Decoupage 
Lot 148-Leather work

Lot 149-Beading and string work

Lot 150-Miscellaneous 


Lot 151-Blouses and tops-shirts

Lot 152-Dresses

Lot 153-Suits (men or women)

Lot 154-Pants (men or women)

Lot 155-Uniforms

Lot 156-Coats (men or women)

Lot 157-Children's clothing

Lot 158-Miscellaneous


Lot 160-Afghan

Lot 161-Wearable garments

Lot 162-Decorative household accessories

Lot 163-Miscellaneous


Lot 170-Afghan

Lot 171-Wearable garments

Lot 172-Decorative household accessories

Lot 173-Miscellaneous


Lot 180-Crewel

Lot 181-Candle wicking

Lot 182-Cross stitch

Lot 183-Hardanger

Lot 184-Needle point

Lot 185-Miscellaneous

Lot 200-Miscellaneous items, such as eggs-one dozen 


















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