The Rules:

The General Rules for Whatcom County Youth Fair-

PDF to download:  GENERAL RULES 2018

  1. Entries- $10.00 per exhibitor, $30.00 for families, DUE or postmarked by March 14, 2018. Entries without fees will not be accepted! Some divisions may be limited in size; space is on a first come, first served basis. Late entries will be put on a waiting list, and only if there are no-shows will they be accepted! Online Entries are open till midnight on March 17th.
  2. Age groups – Pee Wee (6-7 yrs.), Junior (8-10), Intermediate (11-14), Senior (15-18). Any child eight years old and younger will need parents help and supervision and must come with an animal appropriate to his/her size. Age as of January 1, 2018 will be used to determine age group. Due to insurance liability regulations, participants must be 6+ years old.
  3. Guidelines-You do not have to belong to any organization to enter the youth fair. Since this is a training fair, ownership of animals is not required. Beg, borrow, but do not steal an animal to enter! Teaming up on animals is allowed, but not recommended. The experience will be enhanced if you bring an animal. No teaming up on cats. Each person will have a chance to show the animal. In the case of horses there will be 2-4 people per horse per groom squad, and gentle horses will be provided.
  4. EDUCATIONAL POSTER and TRI-FOLD DISPLAY TABLE ENTRIES
    • Must have been made since April 9th, 2017
    • Posters: Minimum size: 14”x 22” Maximum: 36″ x 48″
    • Tri-Fold Display: Check with Extension Office for display requirements.
    • Entries will be received Friday, April 6, 2018, 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. at the Peoples Place by Gate 2 entrance.
    • Limited to one poster and one display per exhibitor.
    • Name, age, and Youth Fair Division must be on the back of the poster or chart.
    • Contact the Extension Office or Superintendent for scoring criteria and poster guidelines.
    • Posters and displays will receive an award or a ribbon.
  1.  Male animals must be neutered except in rabbits, dogs & cats. No horns on Pygmy or Dairy goats.
  2. Clipped/fitted animals will not be permitted prior to show, unless otherwise directed by Division Superintendent.
  3. Animals must arrive on Friday between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. for health check. Do not bring an animal that has any skin disease, lice, mites, hoof rot, ticks, etc. All animals must pass health check to be exhibited. See division descriptions for vaccination requirements.
  4. A night watchman will be on duty in the barns on Thursday and Friday nights.
  5. Equipment- Whatcom County Youth Fair will not be responsible for lost, damaged, or stolen equipment. Please put your names on equipment! Call Chris Paul (360)366-3144 after Youth Fair for lost and found items.
  6. Supplies/Feed– Exhibitors will need to bring fitting equipment if they have it; mark it well as it no doubt will be shared during the fair. This would include blocking chutes for beef, swine crates, and sheep stands. Also, bring your own hay and feed, as well as pans, and water buckets.
  7. Cleanup-Pens must be cleaned by the exhibitor before leaving. Pen doors need to be free to open and closed
  8. Keep things tidy-There will be a herdsmanship contest between divisions.
  9. Clothing- Attire for the show ring is expected to be clean and respectable.
  10. WCYF Grants are now available for specific needs. Contact Chris Paul at (360) 366-3144 for more information. Grant Applications will be available on Division Description page.
  1. Camping is available on the fairgrounds for $20.00 per night; parking with no hook-up is $14.00 per night. Please remit with entry fee or pay in person at the WCYF office on Friday. Contact Chris Paul for more information.
  2. Animal Haul in-Exhibitors bringing large animals to the Light Horse Barn shall enter Gate 8 and park east of grandstand/stage immediately after unloading their animals. Exhibitors bringing animals to the Beef/Dairy Barn or the Henry Jansen Barn enter at gate 2 and park in lot north of Jansen barn off Front Street.
  3. Food-Please send a sack lunch or money with your child. The Fair Concession stand will be open for use. Do not Eat in the Barns where animals are located. Superintendents will guide participants to designated eating areas.