FAIR REGISTRATION IS UPDATED ANNUALLY IN MID-TO-LATE MAY.
YOU ARE WELCOME TO VIEW THIS INFORMATION YEAR 'ROUND, BUT PLEASE TAKE NOTE OF THE YEAR OF THE DOCUMENT, AS YOU MAY BE VIEWING LAST YEAR'S MATERIAL.
To access the actual fair registration material, please refer to the green horizontal bars
that begin at the bottom third of this page:
"4-H & YOUTH Manistee Fair Book": The actual book in hard copy is green. These classes are intended for 4-H and Youth exhibitors. These classes judged by individual entry, and each entry does receive a placing. Horse and livestock classes are for registered 4-H youth only, but all other departments and classes are open to all youth in the community.
"OPEN CLASS Manistee Fair Book": The actual book in hard copy is yellow. These classes are typically intended for adult exhibitors because the entries are judged on a more stringent criteria that focuses on determining the best 3 in a group of entries, but youth exhibitors are welcome to enter. Exhibitors of Horse and livestock classes must comply with 4-H dates, policies, and other requirements as applicable.
BOTH BOOKS are comprised of sections that are in the following order:
- Rules for Exhibitors: The left column is intended for OPEN CLASS and the right column is intended for 4-H and YOUTH.
- Schedule of Events: 4 pages cover the daily schedules and descriptions of special events and attractions of Fair Week.
- Fair Board Information: 3 pages cover information such as board member names and positions, contact information, mission statement, and by-laws.
- Rules & Regulations for Exhibits and Exhibitors: 3 pages cover rules and policies that apply to ALL EXHIBITORS, (depending on department and class). Even if you are a seasoned fair exhibitor, you should review these every year, as many dates and items change and new statements are added.
- Health Requirements for Livestock Exhibited in Michigan: 3 pages are included. This is a short synapsis of the longer, more detailed version that can be found at http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mda/ExReq_225448_7.pdf
- Classes and Departments: Cover the next 14 to 20 pages in both books. Fair classes, depending on topic area, are divided by departments, divisions, and sections. Pay close attention to the regulations posted at the beginnings of departments. Also note any special requirements that may be included in class desciptions. Entries that do not comply may be disqualified.
- Registration Cover Sheet:
In the 4-H/Youth book there are 2:
One for Cloverbud exhibitors - age 5 to 8. This is the only registration sheet needed by this age group.
The other Cover Sheet is for ages 9 to 19. Attached to it should be pages of circled Class Numbers Grid Sheets (see below).
In the Open Class book, there is one cover sheet to be used by all exhibitors:
Attached to it should be pages of circled Class Numbers Grid Sheets (see below).
- Class Numbers Grid Sheets: 4 to 10 pages of number on grids. These are class numbers. Circle the class number or numbers you plan to exhibit in. These are then attached to your Cover Sheet. In the 4-H/Youth classes, those of Cloverbud age do not use these grid sheets - their Cover Sheet is sufficient.
OTHER DOCUMENTS: Depending on what you are exhibiting, livestock and horse and have additional documents. These are available below. Your registration cover sheet will tell you what you need.
ATTACH: All necessary paperwork/documents to the Cover Sheet that applies to you. MAKE SURE YOUR NAME IS ON ALL PAGES AND STAPLE OR CLIP PAGES TOGETHER.
You may submit your completed registration in the following ways:
In person - there will be a drop box inside the front entrance of the MSU Extension Office. We also have an outside drop box - at the driveway entrance, it's the mailbox with green clovers painted on it. We will check it regularly throughout fair registration.
By mail - MSU Extension
8840 Chippewa Hwy.
Bear Lake, MI 49614
It is your responsibility to ensure that we have reeived your mailed material. You may want to call us a few days after mailing, to make sure we received it.
By fax - At 231-889-5930
It is your responsibility to ensure that your faxed pages are clear and readable and that they were received. Illegible pages may result in a canceled registration.
Last day/time for any registration assistance by phone, e-mail, or in person is Friday, June 22, 2012, 4:00p.m.
Last day to submit all fair registration material is Friday, June 22, 2012, 5:00p.m. Those who want to add addtional exhibits in non-livestock and companion animal classes will have a chance to do so at the Manistee County Fair Office in August (call ahead for hours 889-5566).