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Rules and Regulations


  1. Interpretation of Rules: The Fair Board reserves the final and absolute right to interpret the rules & regulations & to arbitrarily settle questions & differences thereto, or otherwise arising out of, or connected with, or incident to, the exhibit & sales.
  2. Eligibility: ALL Tulare County 4-H members in good  standing (Mini Members Indoor, Poultry, Rabbits & Pygmy Goats only excluding meat pens), members of the FFA Chapters & Ag Academy within the Porterville & Lindsay High School districts are eligible to show/exhibit at the  Porterville Fair. Exceptions — see Horse, Poultry, & Rabbit
  3. Liability: All entries are accepted with the understanding that neither the Porterville Fair nor its officers, shall be held responsible for any loss or damage that shall arise to the livestock or articles on exhibit. Each exhibitor shall be solely responsible for any loss or damage done to another, or occasioned by, or arising from any animal or article exhibited by him/her and will indemnify the Porterville Fair against all legal or other proceedings thereto, not only while on the fairgrounds but while being transported to or from the fairgrounds.
  4. Release Time: Chapter/Club displays and other exhibits (Indoor) will be released Monday, May 20, 2019, 3-5:30 PM. Tack & Livestock Release times and order will be posted by Friday evening, May 17, 2019. (See Conduct  and non-compliance consequences item 6 below.)
  5. Barn Hours: During Fair week barn will close at 10 PM Mon. through Thurs., and midnight Fri. & Sat.  NO ONE WILL BE PERMITTED TO REMAIN IN BARN AFTER CLOSE!
  6. Conduct: If an Exhibitor’s conduct is such as to reflect or discredit his/her chapter/club, it may be necessary to send the Exhibitor home with his/her animals. In such cases, all awards may be withheld. Additionally, if any exhibitor or their family members have outstanding fees owed to the Porterville Fair including any event produced by Porterville Fair or has committed a rule violation, the exhibitor will not be in good standing & must meet with the appropriate  governing body to be considered for reinstatement as an exhibitor. Any inhumane or other inappropriate action to animals by an exhibitor may be cause for disqualification, and removal of the exhibitor and exhibit from the show grounds. This includes but is not limited to such items as spiked or training collars for goats.
  7. Adult Conduct Rule: No person shall be allowed to interfere with the judge, fair, department staff, or to offer any criticism of an exhibit/exhibitor. Any person found violating these rules (or other defined rules) in this Premium Book will be subject to the disciplinary action  denoted within the policy. An adult who violates this policy will receive one warning from the appropriate Fair staff, department head or Fair director. If a second violation occurs, the adult will be excused from the fairgrounds for the remaining term of the Fair. The Board of Directors for the Porterville Fair will be notified of all violations of this policy. The Fair Board reserves the right of interpretation of unethical behavior & can expand or reduce all penalties for violations & disciplinary actions of this policy.


    1. Under no circumstances may any exhibitor show the same kind of animals (Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle, Swine, Sheep, Rabbits, Goats, or Poultry) in both 4-H & FFA classes at the Fair. Rules of livestock showing established by the state 4-H & FFA organizations will apply at this Fair.
    2. An exhibitor may exhibit more than one animal. When showing multiple market animals, exhibitors are restricted to: A. Two market beef OR B.One market beef & two small market animals OR C.Four small market animals, excluding breeding stock

    A maximum of four feeder animals may be entered in    addition to market animals. AN EXHIBITOR MAY SHOW TWO SPECIES OF MARKET LIVESTOCK ONLY. (Excluding Rabbits & Poultry) Only one animal per exhibitor may be sold. (see item 6, page 14 in the 2019 premium book.)

    1. It is mandatory that ALL exhibitors show their own animal in class & showmanship unless incapable of doing so. In the event an exhibitor requires assistance, they must notify their department chair prior to the show.
    2. The official uniforms shall be worn by all exhibitors while showing at the Fair. The uniform shall consist of white pants, white collared button up shirt tucked in. 4-H members shall also wear official 4-H tie/scarf & hat on members head.  FFA members shall also wear the official FFA jacket zipped, official FFA blue necktie/scarf.  Boots are recommended.
    3. Livestock exhibitors are responsible for bedding their own pens/stalls. They are responsible to supply their own equipment to bed. First bedding & shavings will be supplied by the Fair. All stalls are to be bedded by 2 PM Saturday prior to the opening of the Fair.
    4. Each exhibitor to fit his/her own animal. Hands-on assistance may be given by a leader, advisor, parent, sibling or another exhibitor, but the owner must be in attendance at all times.  Leaders are to be enrolled in the Tulare County 4-H program as of January 1 of the    current show year & be in good standing.  Exhibitors are to be currently entered in the Porterville Fair. FFA Advisors must currently work or reside within the Porterville or   Lindsay High School Districts.
    5. The following will NOT be permitted: Tying of livestock to chain link fence. No pressurized watering systems in the livestock barns. No generators under or inside the barn.
    6. Automatic shut off nozzles must be used in the wash rack.
    7. Ownership prior to exhibiting: Animals must be owned by individual 4-H or FFA members for the days specified below. Copy of Bill of Sale or Proof of Ownership may be requested at tagging.  

    Market Beef by 1/5/19

    Horse by 1/15/19

    Market Sheep, Swine, Goats by 3/10/19

    All Others by 3/16/19 (Breeding Beef, Dairy Cattle & Pygmy Goats)

    Commercial Bred Beef Heifer by 1/5/19

    Rabbits/Poultry by 3/31/19

    Feeder Beef/Sheep by 4/12/19

    Dairy Goats by 3/5/19

    All of the above livestock must be under the daily care & management of the exhibitor for the days specified.  FFA project animals must be raised within Porterville & Lindsay School Districts.  4-H project animals must be raised within  Tulare County.

    1. Replacement of any small livestock animal may be considered due to severe injury or death:
    • if the incident of injury of death occurs 30 or more days from Fair weigh in
    • the replacement animal is not eligible for Grand or Reserve Grand Champion
    • the action requires approval of both the Dept. Chair and the Livestock Chairman
    1. Animal Release/Load Out: No animals will be allowed off the grounds without a release slip. Tack & Animal release times and order will be posted by Friday evening of the Fair. Exhibitors are responsible for their animals until animals are loaded on truck.


    1. identification in the form of a Scrapies tag. The full Scrapies tag number (premise & individual) must be included on entry form.  All official identification will be kept on the animals.


    1. Club/Chapter check or cash will be accepted. Please make checks payable to PORTERVILLE FAIR. Mailing address: 2700 W. Teapot Dome Avenue, Porterville, CA 93257
    2. Market animal entry forms & fees are due for all animals at the time of tagging. All other entry forms, Club/Chapter Summary Card, entry fees, & exhibitor pass fees will be accepted as a club/chapter only (NOT individually) accompanied by a completed Club/Chapter Summary form & are due by 4 PM in the Fair office as listed below:
    • 4-H Entries Due ~ Wednesday, April 10, 2019
    • FFA Entries Due ~ Friday, April 12, 2019
    1. Please use the appropriate (separate) forms for market, breeding, & feeder livestock & do not mix species on a  single form. Please use the Poultry & Rabbit form for breeding poultry, fowl, & rabbits. All market animals & meat pens use market form.
    2. A separate exhibitor pass fee of $10 will be levied for each exhibitor & is non-refundable. EXHIBITOR ENTRY PASS MUST BE PURCHASED AT TAGGING ON ALL MARKET ANIMALS & PURCHASE IS REQUIRED FOR ALL EXHIBITORS WITH LIVESTOCK ENTRIES.
    3. Livestock showmanship classes and Outstanding Exhibitor must be pre-entered.
    4. An entry fee will be charged on all animals & must accompany all entry forms.  See individual departments for fees.  Entry fee is not required for pen of two or any group combination.



    The protocol used in tagging will be in a document at the livestock office


    BEEF: Saturday, January 5, 2019, 1-3 PM

    SHEEP, HOGS, GOATS: Sunday, March 10, 2019, 9 AM—2 PM

    1. Market animals designated for the Porterville Fair will be
      tagged and entry forms completed with payment to be attached & turned into the table prior to your animal being tagged.  Animals will be tagged with tamper proof two-tag system, except in the Sheep & Goat departments.  We will be using the Scrapie’s ID tag as the second form of             identification.  If a market animal does not have proper tags at the time of weigh-in, animal will be excused from the Fair & not be able to show.
    2. Exhibitors will be allowed to tag the maximum number allowed in General Livestock Rule #2 plus two additional animals.  However, they will only be allowed to bring to the fairgrounds & weigh the maximum number allowed by the aforementioned rule.
    3. The Fair Board will refuse entries & substitutions after tagging date for all market species & closing date for all other entries as published.
    4. Owners of all market animals to be exhibited at the Porterville Fair must produce & submit a copy of the Bill of Sale or proof of ownership at tagging if requested.
    5. RE-TAGGING: If a single tag is lost, the exhibitor, parent, or leader must call the Fair office & make arrangements to have the animal re-tagged within 7 days. Re-tagging will be done by appointment only.


    ALL MARKET ANIMALS will be weighed by the Weigh Master & identified as to class & breed by a Classifier.  Animals shall be washed (free of dirt & mud) so that animal can be classified fairly.

    WEIGH MASTER POLICY: The protocol for livestock weigh-in of animals sold by the pound will be in a document at the livestock office.

    WEIGH BACK POLICY: if re-weigh is required or requested,  animal MUST remain in weigh station & re-weigh immediately.


    1. All animals are subject to health inspection at time of arrival & at any time during their stay on the fairgrounds. No animal shall be admitted or remain on the grounds showing any evidence of any communicable disease.
    2. NO medication(s) shall be administered to any animal admitted to the fairgrounds without the consent of the Fair Veterinarian.  Exhibitors will be required to sign a statement certifying that medicated feed and/or any medication administered under any means has been withdrawn from their animal in compliance with all STATE AND FEDERAL regulations.  Statement signed by exhibitor, parent/legal guardian AND leader/advisor required at weigh-in.   NO EXCEPTION.
    3. Drench guns are not approved for use while on the fairgrounds.  Anyone found to be using any type of drench gun to administer liquids or paste into any animal without the supervision & direction of the Fair Veterinarian and/or designated Fair official, will result in the exhibitor being disqualified.


    Any exhibitor, parent of an exhibitor, 4-H Leader, or FFA  Advisor making a protest shall lodge such protest at the Livestock Office in writing.   No less than 5 nor more than 7 members of the Board of Directors will sit as a Board to hear & analyze protests.  A NON-REFUNDABLE FEE OF $150.00 must accompany written protest.  Forms are available in the Livestock office.  The Hearing Board will decide what immediate action shall be taken in the matter.  The Board of Directors will decide at a later date what permanent action will be taken.


    Outstanding Exhibitor will be awarded to a 4-H member (8th grade & lower) & a 4-H/FFA Senior (high school +) in each specie unless otherwise noted in awards section of each individual department.  PRE-ENTRY IS REQUIRED.  All species point systems are based on but not limited to:

    ~ Number of animals shown (per specie)

    ~ Placing in market, breeding, feeder, & showmanship classes (where applicable)

    ~ Points will be awarded for the final placing of the top two (2) animals in each individual species only.

    ~ Placing in the Round Robin & Judging Contest competitions.



    Animals must be owned by exhibitor & will be shown in a FFA or 4-H class at current year’s fair. The preparation for showing must have been done by the owner. Assistance may be given as per General Livestock Rules item 6.  It is required that exhibitors in this class wear the FFA or 4-H uniform as defined in General Livestock Rules item 4.

    GROOMING 40%

    Condition, quality, firmness & uniformity of covering. Cleanliness: Hide, hair or fleece, & hoofs must be clean, neat & free from dirt.   General Appearance: Must be attractive from stand point of prevailing breed fashion.


    Appearance of exhibitor & equipment used to show animal. Ability to properly pose animal.  Exhibitor must demonstrate ability to move animal about ring as directed by judge.                  Exhibitors can only show within their class except as noted  below.  The classes show in the following order:


    The winner of the 4-H Novice Showmanship may move up to compete in the Junior 4-H Showmanship contest only. The  winner of the Novice FFA Showmanship may move up to   compete in the Junior FFA Showmanship contest only.

    In case one exhibitor wins in more than one department, the exhibitor must show the first species that qualifies them for Round Robin.  The second place exhibitor in the other               department(s) will be allowed to show in Round Robin.


    CLASS 1             Novice ~ 6th grade & below

    CLASS 2             Junior ~ 7th & 8th grades

    CLASS 3             Senior ~ 4-H/FFA 9th grade & above