FAIR CONTESTS

Ready for some good 'ol fashioned competition?
Here you'll find everything you need to register for contests.

  • 2007, Artist: Lisa Gaumond

    BOYS & GIRLS

    Contests with rules that fit the little ones just right. For ages 5-15, unless noted.

  • 2008, Artist: Nicholas Napoletano

    PULLS & PARADES

    Crowd-pleasing contests for those who love to strut their stuff.

  • 1996, Artist: Jim Talbot

    LIVESTOCK

    Proud owners, think 'ya raised the best of the breed? Here's your chance to compete!

  • 2005, Artist: David P. Schulz

    STATEWIDE

    Set your sights higher and compete in these categories with the best in Connecticut.

  • 2012, Artist: Kelly Place

    ADULT / ALL AGES

    There's a contest here for all kinds. Enter as many as 'ya like - competition can be steep!

  • 2000, Artist: Jim Talbot

    HORSE SHOWS

    Download all the information you need to participate in the fair Horse Shows.

BOYS & GIRLS CONTESTS

Superintendents: Karen Hertenstein (860) 749-7887, Karen Collins (860) 749-2351
Assistants: Tom Kozikowski & Family, Judy Mehl, Rick Collins, Deb Pero, Theresa Munson, Barbara Anderson, Jennifer Charette, Karen Clark, Kathy Worcester, Pat Beaudry, Margaret Festi, Allison DeLong, Ginny Lockwood, Scott Novak

BOYS & GIRLS GENERAL RULES:
1.  Any Boy or Girl who is 5 years old and under sixteen (16) years of age as of October 1, will be eligible to compete for premiums in this department unless otherwise stated.
2.  All exhibits must have been grown or produced by the Boy or Girl exhibiting the same and must be their own bonafide property. Any article entered any previous year may not be entered again. No exhibit shown in a collection will be eligible for any other premium offered. Only ONE ENTRY PER LOT unless otherwise stated.
3.  All exhibits must be properly tagged, giving name, address and age. PLEASE COVER NAME FOR JUDGING. Judging will be Thursday.
4.  Exhibitors must provide their own tools, and all other things needed for arranging, holding and displaying exhibits.
5.  All exhibits must be brought in Wednesday between 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm. Exhibits may only be picked up Sunday after 7:15 pm or Monday between 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm.
6.  Exhibitors ages 13 thru 15 may purchase 4-day fair passes from the Fair Secretary at the time of entry. Children 12 years and under FREE.
7.  Boys and Girls may enter Adult classes but will be subject to Adult rules.
8.  Exhibitors must forward a list of their exhibits to be received be the Fair Secretary ON OR BEFORE SEPTEMBER 1. Send to P.O. Box 24, Somers, CT 06071.
9.  Use one (1) Entry Form per exhibitor. Entry Forms can be downloaded at the bottom of this page and on individual contest pages.
10.  An item can NOT be entered in two Lots.
11.  Failure to follow rules may result in disqualification.

Vegetables View Page Entry Form
Canning View Page Entry Form
Flowers View Page Entry Form
Baked Goods View Page Entry Form
Needlework View Page Entry Form
Art View Page Entry Form
Crafts View Page Entry Form
Ceramics View Page Entry Form
Photography View Page Entry Form
Woodworking View Page Entry Form
Collections View Page Entry Form
Jack-O-Lanterns View Page Entry Form
School Group Exhibits View Page Entry Form
Group Exhibits View Page Entry Form
Scarecrow Contest View Page Entry Form
"Farmer in the Dell" Decorated Wagon Contest View Page Entry Form
Frog Contests View Page No Pre-Entry
Heaviest Pumpkin (All Ages) View Page Entry Form
Corn Eating Contest (All Ages) View Page No Pre-Entry
Pie Eating Contest (All Ages) View Page No Pre-Entry

PULLS & PARADES

Parade View Page Entry Form
Doodlebug Drawing Contest View Page No Pre-Entry
Horse Drawing Contest View Page No Pre-Entry
Pony Drawing Contest View Page No Pre-Entry
Oxen Drawing Contest View Page No Pre-Entry
Open Working Steer Competition View Page Entry Form

LIVESTOCK CONTESTS

Connecticut Fair LIVESTOCK & Show Regulations — General Requirements

1.  Health certificates signed by an accredited veterinarian and other required testing will be valid for the entire show season.
2.  All animals and poultry entered at fairs and shows must be in good health and in proper physical condition and will be examined at the exhibition by the barn superintendent. Evidence of poor condition or infectious or contagious disease or failure to produce the necessary documents for health certificaion, vaccination or testing will result in ejection. The Connecticut Department of Agriculture Livestock Inspector's decision is final.
3.  Health charts and proof of vaccination where applicable are the responsibility of the exhibitor.
4.  Each barn superintendent will collect and hold the Health Certificates from each exhibitor. Animals not in compliance with the state regulations for shows and fairs will not be allowed. A complete list, containing the name of the exhibitor, address, animal ID (ear tag, tattoo, leg band), breed and age of each animal, and the total head count will be made available to the State Livestock Inspector and forwarded to the Connecticut Dept. of Agriculture, Bureau of Regulation & Inspection by the fair superintendent. All animals and poultry present on the grounds should be identified on this list. Any animal that is rejected should be noted as such with a brief statement of reason. Rejected animals or poultry should be removed from the grounds as soon as possible. Any concerns about the health of any animal or bird should be reported to the State Livestock Inspector or the Fair Veterinarian immediately.
5.  Isolate all exhibited animals and poultry upon their return to the farm from other animals and poultry for 3-4 weeks to reduce the risk of disease exposure and transmission. Call your local veterinarian if your animals or poultry become sick to help you with diagnosis and treatment.
6.  Contact the Bureau of Regulation and Inspection at (860) 713-2504 if you have any questions.


Connecticut Animals

*All cattle, horses and sheep should have a rabies vaccination given by a veterinarian. The vaccination certificate must be signed by the veterinarian that gave the vaccination and include the animal's identification and description, the name of the vaccine's manufacturer, serial number and the date the vaccination was given and when it expires. If it is the animal's first rabies vaccination, it must be given at least 30 DAYS prior to their first show date.*

1.  ALL SPECIES: Animals must originate from herds or flocks that meet the testing and health requirements of the state of Connecticut. State livestock inspectors may request proof of compliance with state requirements. No herd or flock under quarantine order shall move or be exhibited. All animals must have permanent identification (ear tag, tattoo, leg band or microchip plus a reader or EIA certificate).
2.  CATTLE: All cattle must have a health certificate issued within 60 days of their first show by an accredited veterinarian stating that the animal is in good health and not showing signs of infectious, contagious and/or communicable disease.
3.  HORSES: All horses must have a negative AGID (Coggins) or ELISA test for Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) within 12 months of their show date and be accompanied by this certificate. It is highly recommended that horses be vaccinated against EEE & WNV within 6 months of their first show date.
4.  SHEEP: All sheep must have official USDA-approved identification and be accompanied by health certificates issued within 60 days of their first show by an accredited veterinarian stating that the sheep are in good health and not showing signs of infectious, contagious and/or communicable diseases and are not from scrapie-exposed flocks.
5.  GOATS: All goats must have official USDA-approved identification and a health certificate issued within 60 days of their first show by an accredited veterinarian stating that the animals are in good health and not showing signs of infectious, contagious and/or communicable diseases and are not from scrapie-exposed herds.
6.  SWINE: All swine must originate from Connecticut herds that are tested for Brucellosis and Pseudorabies on a yearly basis. All swine must have a health certificate issued within 60 days prior to the first show by an accredited veterinarian. If the swine are purchased from a tested herd, a bill of sale from the Connecticut producer must be presented to the State Veterinarian's office before a Connecticut Exhibition Test card will be issued to the new owner.
7.  POULTRY: Poultry originating within the state must come from healthy flocks with no evidence of infectious, contagious and/or communicable diseases. All birds must be inspected, identified and be accompanied by written proof (Connecticut Flock Test card or Connecticut Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory Report) that verifies that the breeding flock or the individual birds listed on the report were blood-test negative for Salmonella pullorum within 365 days of the show date.
Concurrent Avian Influenza testing of the flock and/or individual birds is strongly recommended. Poultry vaccinated within 30 days with any live virus vaccine will be prohibited from showing. All cages, crates or vehicles used for housing or transporting poultry must be cleaned and disinfected before and after each show. Doves, pigeons and waterfowl are exempt from testing requirements, but must be identified by leg bands or wing tags.
8.  LLAMAS: Llamas that originate within the state must have a health certificate issued within 30 days of the first show by an accredited veterinarian listing the permanent identification (ear tag, tattoo or microchip and a reader must be available for the microchips) and stating the animal is in good health and free of obvious signs of infectious disease.


Out of State Animals

*All cattle, horses and sheep should have a rabies vaccination given by a veterinarian. The vaccination certificate must be signed by the veterinarian that gave the vaccination and include the animal's identification and description, the name of the vaccine's manufacturer, serial number and the date the vaccination was given and when it expires. If it is the animal's first rabies vaccination, it must be given at least 30 DAYS prior to their first show date.*

1.  ALL SPECIES: Animals shall originate from herds or flocks that meet the testing and health requirements of the State of Connecticut and must be accompanied by health certificates and test charts as indicated below. No animals from a herd of flock under quarantine order shall enter into the State. All animals and poultry must have official permanent identification (ear tag, tattoo, leg band, wing band or microchip plus a reader, or EIA certificate). All animals and birds (except horses) must have an exhibition permit number on the health certificates. Call (860) 713-2504 or (860) 713-2505 for a permit number. All out of state animals and birds offered for sale must meet Connecticut Importation Regulations.
2.  CATTLE: All cattle must have health certificates issued within 30 days of the first show by an accredited veterinarian, test charts and vaccination certificates where applicable. All cattle over 3 months of age must have a negative TB test within 12 months of the show date. Cattle under 3 months of age may go on the dam's TB test chart if the dam was tested for TB within the past 12 months and a copy of the results is provided. All Brucellosis vaccinated female cattle over 18 months of age and all bulls and non-vaccinated female cattle 6 months of age and older must have a negative Brucellosis test within 12 months of the show date. Steers and spayed heifers are exempt from Brucellosis testing.
3.  HORSES: All horses must have a health certificate issued within 30 days of their first show date by an accredited veterinarian. All horses must have a negative AGID (Coggins) or ELISA test for Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) within 12 months of the show date and be accompanied by this certificate. It is highly recommended that horses be vaccinated against EEE & WNV within 6 months of the first show date.
4.  SHEEP: All sheep must have official USDA-approved identification and be accompanied by health certificates issued within 30 days of their first show date by an accredited veterinarian stating that the sheep are in good health and not showing signs of infectious, contagious and/or communicable diseases and are not from scrapie-exposed flocks.
5.  GOATS: All goats must have official USDA-approved identification and be accompanied by a health certificate issued within 30 days of their first show date by an accredited veterinarian stating that the goats are in good health and not showing signs of infectious, contagious and/or communicable diseases and are not from scrapie-exposed flocks. All goats must originate from Brucellosis and TB free herds. Goats over 3 months old must test negative to TB and Brucellosis within 12 months of the show date. Kids under 3 months of age may go in the dam's test chart if the dam was tested within the past 12 months and a copy of the results is provided. Wethers are exempt from Brucellosis testing.
6.  SWINE: Swine that are 3 months of age and older must be negative to Brucellosis and Pseudorabies tests and have a health certificate stating such within 30 days of their first show date by an accredited veterinarian. Barrows are exempt from Brucellosis testing but must have a negative Pseudorabies test. Swine under 3 months of age must originate from a Brucellosis-free and Pseudorabies qualified herd and the herd test dates and qualified herd numbers must be on the health certificate.
7.  POULTRY: Poultry originating within the state must come from healthy flocks with no evidence of infectious, contagious and/or communicable diseases. All birds must be inspected, identified and be accompanied by written proof (Connecticut Flock Test card or Connecticut Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory Report) that verifies that the breeding flock or the individual birds listed on the report were blood-test negative for Salmonella pullorum within 365 days of the show date. Concurrent Avian Influenza testing of the flock and/or individual birds is strongly recommended. Poultry vaccinated within 30 days with any live virus vaccine will be prohibited from showing. All cages, crates or vehicles used for housing or transporting poultry must be cleaned and disinfected before and after each show. Doves, pigeons and waterfowl are exempt from testing requirements, but must be identified by leg bands or wing tags.
8.  LLAMA: All llama must have a negative Axillary TB test within 12 months and a negative Brucellosis test within 12 months of entry, and a health certificate issued within 30 days of the first show by an accredited veterinarian, listing the permanent identification (ear tag, tattoo or microchip and a reader must be available for the microchips) and test results.


IMPORTANT NOTICE -- *All animals for which there is a licensed Rabies vaccine -- cattle, horses, sheep, dogs, cats and ferrets - exposed to the public should be vaccinated against Rabies. Animals not having an approved Rabies vaccination should be displayed in a manner such that the public would not be in contact or exposed to saliva from those animals and have CONSPICUOUSLY POSTED SIGNS OR RIBBONS stating, "CT RABIES ADVISORY NOTICE - DO NOT FEED OR TOUCH ANIMALS".*

Cattle View Page Entry Form
Sheep View Page Entry Form
Poultry View Page Entry Form
Pet Stock View Page Entry Form
Rabbits View Page Entry Form
Goats View Page Entry Form
Swine View Page Entry Form

STATEWIDE CONTESTS

Superintendent: Karen Collins (860) 749-2351
Assistants: Tom Kozikowski & Family, Judy Mehl, Rick Collins, Deb Pero, Theresa Munson, Barbara Anderson, Jennifer Charette, Karen Clark, Kathy Worcester, Kathy Fuller, Jeanne McDonald, Deb Wilcox, Pat Beaudry, Margaret Festi, Allison DeLong

Each State Contest has it's own set of Rules & Regulations. See individual pages to obtain this information.

State Photo Contest View Page Entry Form
State Quilt Contest View Page Entry Form
State & King Arthur Flour Baking Contests View Page Entry Form

ADULT / ALL AGES CONTESTS

Superintendent: Kathy Lombard (860) 749-0111
Assistants: Dolores Navikonis, Deana Brink, Karen Anderson, Helen Austin, Vange Chatis, Thelma Hanson, Mary Kingsbury, Phyllis Gwilliam, Nicolas Brink, Aubrey Brink, Beth Davis, Judy Osborn, Kerri Anderson, Lisa Lemire, Ginny Basch, Dorothy Cowan, David Brink, Karen Clark, Jennifer Himes-Macionus

ADULT GENERAL RULES:
1.  Please read Official Fair Rules concerning entries, times and days to bring entries to the Fairgrounds. PLEASE READ THOROUGHLY.
2.  An individual may list all entries on one (1) general entry form, or notebook paper. Make sure DEPT., CLASS NUMBER AND LOT NUMBER are listed with name of article.
3.  PRINT NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS CLEARLY ON FORMS. Use one (1) entry form per exhibitor. Entry Forms can be downloaded at the bottom of this page and on individual contest pages.

See individual pages for additional rules pertaining to each contest.

Fruit View Page Entry Form
Vegetables View Page Entry Form
Corn View Page Entry Form
Potatoes View Page Entry Form
Edible Animals View Page Entry Form
Large Vegetables View Page Entry Form
Farm Exhibit View Page Entry Form
Grange Department View Page Entry Form
Adult Group Exhibits View Page Entry Form
Canning View Page Entry Form
Needlework View Page Entry Form
Crafts View Page Entry Form
Art View Page Entry Form
Flowers View Page Entry Form
Baking View Page Entry Form
Photography View Page Entry Form
Women's Skillet Throw View Page No Pre-Entry
Christmas Wreath Contest View Page Entry Form
Heaviest Pumpkin (All Ages) View Page Entry Form
Corn Eating Contest (All Ages) View Page No Pre-Entry
Pie Eating Contest (All Ages) View Page No Pre-Entry

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