Open Class Rule

  1. Entries due July 24, 2019 & 2020. No exceptions! There will be no additional entries made at the fair on entry day. Entries may be deleted, but not added. NOTE: Use extreme care in filling out your entry form. A wrong number or class letter may result in the exhibit not being judged.
  2. Exhibitors are encouraged to use the online entry process through the fair website to create further efficiencies.
  3. Entry fees are $30.00 for the first 25 items and $10.00 for each additional 25 items. The $30.00 fee includes a season ticket. If you do not wish to purchase a season ticket, you may enter up to 25 items for $15.00. There is no gate charge Wednesday (entry day) until 3:00 p.m. or after 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Please make checks payable to Waupaca County Fair.
  4. Nursing home or institutional-care residents may enter for a fee of $5.00. This fee does not include a season pass. Make checks payable to Waupaca County Fair.
  5. Just Starting’ is open to youth under 15 who are not enrolled in an organized youth organization recognized by the Waupaca County Fair. Entry fee is $5.00 and does not include a season pass.
  6. Entries may be in “Just Starting” classes only.
  7. No tags will be given until the entry fees are paid.
  8. Provide a self-addressed stamped envelope if you wish to have exhibit tags sent to you by mail. Or you may pick up your entry tags at the Fair Office Monday or Tuesday the week of the fair. On Wednesday of fair week, the tags will be available in the Open Class Building for pick up.
  9. Original entry forms will be kept at the fairgrounds during the fair. Errors on tags may only be corrected by the Exhibitor Coordinator and will only be done if it was a result of an incorrect entry made by the Exhibitor Coordinator. No additions or substitutions may be made after the entry deadline.
  10. ENTRY DAY — WEDNESDAY OF FAIR: All Open Class exhibits (unless otherwise noted) must be entered / taken to the proper department between 12 noon to 7:00 p.m. Livestock must be entered between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Dairy must be entered between 9:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Horses must be entered between 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Goats: All market goats must be weighed at official scale and checked in by 3:00 p.m. on entry day. All other goats must be entered between 9:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Rabbits and Poultry must be in the barn by 8 p.m.
  11. Bring Flowers (Dept. 15.) to the fair on Friday. The open class building will be open for flower entries from 8:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on FRIDAY. Judging will begin at 1:00pm.
  12. RELEASE TIMES SUNDAY: All Open Class Livestock exhibits will be released at 4:00 p.m. Barn exhibits are not to be taken down before 4:00 p.m. All Open Class Building exhibits will be released at 6:00 p.m. All exhibits must be picked up from the Open Class building by 7:30 p.m. when the building closes. No exhibit may be removed early. Release times can be subject to change due to an enacted emergency action plan.
  13. All items entered to be made, grown, or created after the previous fair (unless otherwise noted).
  14. No soiled or unfinished work will be accepted.
  15. Only one premium may be won by an individual in competition for each prize; i.e. an exhibitor cannot enter two exhibits in the same lot. No animal or article shall be entered in competition for more than one premium.
  16. All animal exhibits are subject to Jr. Fair Animal Rules unless otherwise noted. This includes the maximum number of animals.
  17. Waupaca County Fair and representatives are not responsible for lost, broken, or damaged items.
  18. Those participating in the Waupaca County Open Class may request reasonable accommodations for disabilities by contacting the Waupaca County Fair Office at 715-281-3822, PO Box 713, Weyauwega, WI 54983 in advance of the fair. At least one month in advance is suggested. The participant will be contacted as soon as possible to discuss the request for accommodation and the appropriate county fair officials will be notified of accommodations that have been approved.
  19. Direct criticism or interference with the judge, fair or 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,
    fair and 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. Violation of this rule shall subject such individual to disciplinary action.
  20. Fair participants will be able to show the same exhibit at more than one county fair, if space is available.
  21. Exhibitors must be present to show their own animal at the fair except for extreme circumstances (i.e. medical, death in family or military service).
  22. Each exhibitor bears the responsibility of seeing that exhibits shown meet all requirements. Any attempt toward misrepresentation will automatically cancel premium earned.
  23. Where exhibit calls for poster or chart, the size must be 14”x22”, unless otherwise specified. Where exhibit calls for a display, this is not limited to a 14”x22”, unless otherwise specified. No foam board should be used for posters or matting of pictures in any department. Foam board for “displays” is allowed, unless otherwise specified. For Photography, follow the rules listed in that department.
  24. Six or more items or animals are required to be shown to select a Grand and/or Reserve Grand Champion.
  25. If 16 or more animals, items or articles are entered in any open class / junior fair class, the class may be divided into 2 or more approximately equal groups according to weight, age or other identifying characteristic and each group judged as a class.
  26. No open class / junior fair exhibitors will be allowed to stay overnight at the fairgrounds, unless they paid for camping.
  27.  Shower facilities are available daily between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. only.
  28. No display will be allowed that takes up animal stall space.

Helpful Hint

Mark each item you plan to enter right in the premium book. Then write them on the entry blank IN THE SAME ORDER THEY ARE LISTED IN THE BOOK. This will make it much easier for you to find the proper tags when you receive them, and help
prevent errors.

Open/Junior Fair Animal Rules

1. Open and Junior Fair animal exhibits are subject to all Animal Health Regulations.

2. Entry times and health paper requirements are as follows: MARKET ANIMALS AND OTHER LIVESTOCK: All market animals must be weighed, without blankets, RIGHT OFF THE TRUCK ON ENTRY DAY between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Animal health papers for livestock exhibits must be handed in at weigh-in or check-in on entry day. DAIRY: All animals must be entered between 9:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. All required health papers will be checked by the Superintendents. RABBITS & POULTRY: Must be in the barn by 8 p.m. HORSES: All horses can start entering at 9:00 a.m. and must be in the barn by 7:00 p.m. GOATS: All market goats must be weighed at official scale and checked in by 3:00 p.m. on entry day. All other goats must be entered between 9:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on entry day.

Premiums will be withheld from exhibitors who do not comply with the barn rules set forth for the department in which they are exhibiting. The process to enforce barn rules will be as follows:

a. Superintendent will corroborate with someone else (another superintendent, another parent, etc.) to assess the situation.

b. The exhibitor will be contacted (announce to come to the barn, call, etc.) to bring the situation to their attention.

c. If necessary, discuss the situation with the parent(s) and the exhibitor. If unable to reach parent(s), contact the club leader or chapter advisor.

d. If the verbal notice is not effective, a written warning will be given to the exhibitor with a copy to the parent(s) and a copy kept on file.

e. If the situation is not corrected within the time indicated in the written warning, the animals may be removed and the premium will be withheld from the exhibitor.

f. Update a UW-Extension and/or Fair Board Representative of the situation.

3. Barn rules:

a. The care of animals is the responsibility of the exhibitor. Animals should be fed and watered twice a day (more often if the weather demands).

b. Bedding should be kept dry and manure free. Remove daily as needed. All exhibitors are to dispose of manure in the designated receptacles. Morning cleanup should be completed by 10:00 a.m.

c. Exhibitors may not exceed a maximum of six inches for a bedding pack.

d. Keep aisles swept and clean. No fitting stalls allowed in any aisle in any livestock barn (outside only).

e. Wash areas should be cleaned after use. All hoses and equipment must be properly stored when not in use by owners.

f. Exhibit should reflect that is has been tended to on a regular basis each day.

g. ALL staples must be removed from ALL display boards in dairy, beef, swine, sheep, and goat barns.

4. Each exhibitor must show his/her own livestock in the Showmanship Classes. All showmanship entries are required to be shown by the exhibitor in another class at this year’s fair (except where noted in horse and dog departments). At the discretion of the department superintendent, another exhibitor may be designated to assist in showing the animal in the other classes.

5. Junior exhibitors may compete in the Open division in livestock classes. However, they cannot compete with the same animal (beef, dairy, sheep, goats or swine) they entered in the Junior Fair department. If they enter the Open Class,
they must comply with all Open Class rules and enter different animals. Likewise, livestock shown in the Junior Fair may not be shown in the Open division by a different exhibitor.

6. No premiums may be awarded for any beef cattle, sheep, goats, swine or horses of the male sex (other than those which have been castrated) exhibited in any class unless the animal is registered with a certificate of registry. Exception: nonregistered pygmy goat intact bucks may be shown and receive premium.

7. All animals exhibited in the registered dairy classes must be registered purebred, or identified four generation registry in each respective breed association’s herd books. Animals shown in these categories must have official certificates as produced by their respective breed association and such registry certificates must be presented to the superintendent upon arrival of the animal. Holsteins must be a minimum of 87% (RHA) as indicated by their registration certificate.

8. Junior Dairy exhibitors must have initiated animal projects during the current year.

9. Sheep: No animal over 6 months of age with horns can be exhibited unless it is standard for that specific breed. Sheep with full natural horns may not be entered unless full natural horns are a standard for a specific breed. The eligibility of animals with scurs will be left to the discretion of the fair veterinarian. Goats: No goat with horns can be exhibited unless it is standard for that specific breed. The eligibility of animals with scurs will be left to the discretion of the fair

10. All animals brought to the fair must be for exhibit only.

11. Female animals in estrus shall be judged separately from the rest of the class they are entered in at the discretion of the superintendent. Female animals in estrus shall not be allowed in any showmanship class. EXCEPTION: If the exhibitors only bovine is in estrus, another junior fair exhibitor bovine
may be shown for showmanship at the superintendent’s discretion.

12. All goats to be collared and leashed at all times when not confined to stall or pen.

13. No forced filling of any animal of any species will be performed on the fairgrounds without veterinary supervision.

14. The fan policy states that fans will go in one direction crosswise. All fans shall be blowing to the east in the beef barn and south in the dairy barn. No butt fans. No fans will be allowed in the walkway. 24 inch maximum fan size suggested. There will be no fans of any size allowed in the sheep/hog barn. The  superintendents and/or Fair Board reserve the right to determine acceptable placement and usage.

15. Between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., deliveries of animal-care needs may be made through the large animal gate (on south side).


17. The Waupaca County Fair Board has adopted a policy stating there shall be no euthanizing or butchering of large animals, small animals, or poultry on the grounds at the time of the Waupaca County Fair.

18. Premises ID information can be found at

19. Power washers at the fair, due to human and animal safety, are not allowed.

20. If any animal dies while at the fair, the animal cannot be removed from the grounds without the fair veterinarian giving permission.

21. Animal health during the fair is overseen by the Fair Veterinarian. Any exhibitor asked to remove an animal for health reasons must comply.

22. Clipping and grooming of exhibits while on the Fairgrounds is to be done by the exhibitor, his or her immediate family, which includes father, mother, sister, brother or (legal guardian or stepparent with proof of relationship), and/or
other participating Waupaca County Fair Junior exhibitors. Managerial animals cannot be fitted by the owner unless the owner is a junior or related as stated previously (following State Fair guidelines). Failure to comply with this rule may result in animal disqualification, immediate exhibitor disqualification and possible future exhibitor disqualification.

23. Exhibitors in each barn are responsible for putting away the pens with the supervision of the superintendents.

Health Papers

All health papers are required. These must be presented to the superintendents and identification must be verified before these animals can be taken into the barns. A SUPERINTENDENT WILL BE ASSIGNED TO EACH BARN FOR THIS PURPOSE. Health papers or animal forms need to match a “visible” ID, tattoo, ear tag, vaccination tag. All classes will have the same premium numbers as those listed below. Be sure to include department number, class letter, premium number and birth date of animal
(mo., yr.) for your respective breed.

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