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Cheyenne County Fair Open Class Rules and Regulations


The Cheyenne County Fair is conducted under the direction of the Cheyenne County Fair Board. While the greatest possible care will be exercised by the management to protect the patrons of the fair, each will be held personally responsible for his or her own actions and the management will not be accountable or responsible for injuries or accidents that occur.

 The Fair Board reserves the final and absolute right to interpret these Rules and Regulations, and arbitrarily settle and determine all matters, questions, and differences in regard to them, or otherwise arising out of connection, or incident to the fair.

All possible diligence and care will be used to prevent extortion in any form practiced on patrons, to prevent loss or injury of articles or animals on exhibition but it is hereby expressly stipulated that the management of the fair will in no way be responsible should loss occur.


Entry day is Tuesday, July 27, 2021, from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. for all open class exhibits except livestock, (see schedule of events). All exhibits will be released from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 31.

If you are planning to exhibit Open Class livestock at the Cheyenne County Fair, please notify the Cheyenne County Extension Office, 254-4455 to reserve livestock stall space.


The superintendents will have direction of all exhibits in their respective departments and see that all animals have appropriate stalls and pens; that articles are conveniently arranged for examination by the judges; also furnish information, relative to their departments.

 All superintendents at the close of the fair should file their recommendation for improvements of their respective departments at the Cheyenne County Extension Office. Judge’s decision is final.


All open class exhibits will receive a ribbon and a premium:

Purple - $1.00 Blue - $.75 Red - $.50 White - $.25

information for open class exhibitors

1. All exhibits must be the property of the exhibitor.

2. Articles must be homemade (No purchased items can be brought to the fair) and have been completed during the period from August 2019 to July 2021. Articles may be exhibited only one year and may not have been previously exhibited at another fair, exception livestock.

 3 Each exhibit must have an entry tag. These will be available on entry day at the Exhibit Hall.

 4. An exhibitor can enter more than one exhibit per class; however, the exhibit MUST be a different entry, (i.e. 2 loaves white bread will not be accepted, 1 loaf white and 1 loaf wheat accepted; 2 afghans accepted but must be different patterns; 2 Double Petunias will not be accepted, 1 double and 1 ruffled accepted) Classes will be made according to exhibits.

Open horse show will be one entry per class. Livestock: an animal may be entered in only one class. Any animal that is entered in 4-H may not be entered in open class and vice versa.

 5. An exhibitor who is called three times for an event and does not respond will be disqualified.

 6. Where only one entry is made, and there is no competition, awards will be made strictly on merit basis, at the discretion of the judge.

 7. If it is ascertained that any exhibitor has made any false statement in regard to any animal or articles exhibited or if any exhibitor shall attempt to interfere with the judges in the performance of their duties, by letter or otherwise, they shall be excluded from competition and exhibition for such period of time as the Fair Board may determine.

 8. For all livestock classes, animals shall have been the property of the exhibitors for at least thirty (30) days.

 9. An exhibitor making an entry of purebred livestock shall furnish the department superintendent, when called upon to do so, registration certificates of the animal concerned.

10. Stalls and space for entries will be furnished insofar as possible.

11. Only purple ribbon winners may compete for Grand Champion.

12. All food exhibits shall be in disposable containers.

13. All clothing exhibits must be brought in on hangers with clear plastic cover.

14. Open Class Divisions are as follows: A = Adult Y = Youth - Age 14 and under

15. Complaints must be in writing, signed and submitted to the Open Class Superintendent. Complaints will be reviewed, and a decision will be rendered within one week of the completion of the event.

Open Class Animals

 All market animals must be able to be led and fitted for the show. Grouping of beef animals will be based on the number entered at fair time. Bulls will not be exhibited. All intact market livestock will have to leave the fairgrounds.

The bucket calf class is for youth ages 4 to 10 as of January 1, of current year. Select or purchase a calf born between January 1 and May 1 of the current year within two weeks of birth. The calf must be at least 90 days old on entry day.

A bucket calf can be an orphan or newborn calf; male or female; dairy, beef or cross; hand fed on bucket or bottle. Bucket calf exhibitors are expected to follow the same herdsmanship requirements as other livestock exhibitors. Calves must be exercised daily, kept clean and fed properly. Stalls and tack areas must be clean and neat. Calves will be shown on halter during Beef Show.

Open Class Beef

All Market Beef must be de-horned.

O001001 Market Beef O001002 Breeding Beef

O001003 Stocker Feeder O001004 Bucket Calf

 Open Class Swine

All swine exhibit rules are subject to change as state law requires. No boars will be shown. There will be no breeding swine show.

O003001 Market Swine

Open Class Sheep

All breeds will compete in one class. No rams will be shown at the fair. All market lambs must be shorn.

O004001 Sheep (Market & Breeding)

Open Class Goats

All breeds will be shown together. All goats must be dehorned. No buck goats can be shown.

O005001 Goats (Market, Dairy, Breeding)

 Open Class Horse Show

Show open to any breed of horse. $4.00 entry fee per event. A portion of the fees will be paid back to the top 3 places. Any premiums not picked up at close of show will be forfeited. Stallions cannot be shown in the open class show. For more information, contact Chel McMillen at (308) 249-0654.

Registration will be from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., Sunday, July 25, 2021 Show begins at 12:00 p.m.

 Ages (as of Jan. 1 of current year)

Pee Wee - Age 1 to 7

Junior - Age 8 to 12

Senior - Age 13 to 18

Adult - Age 19 and over

Halter Class

  1. Yearling Gelding - Weanling

  2. Gelding - 2 - 3 years old

  3. Gelding - Aged

  4. Yearling Mare - Weanling

  5. Mare - 2 to 3 years old

  6. Mare - Aged

  7. Pony

 Performance Class

  8. Adult Western Pleasure

  9. Senior Western Pleasure

10. Junior Western Pleasure

11. Pee Wee Western Pleasure

12. Adult Reining

13. Senior Reining

14. Junior Reining

15. Adult Pole Bending

16. Senior Pole Bending

17. Junior Pole Bending

18. Pee Wee Pole Bending

19. Adult Barrel Race

20. Senior Barrel Race

21. Junior Barrel Race

22. Pee Wee Barrel Race

 Open Class Poultry


All poultry exhibits with Nebraska origin will not require Veterinarian Inspection. Poultry outside of Nebraska must be from an accredited U.S. Pullorum-Typhoid Clean Flock or accompanied by a negative pullorum-typhoid test within 90 days of the fair. Contact Nebraska Poultry Industries (308) 284-4889, if you need testing services. Open Class Poultry Show check in will be on Thursday, July 29 at 9:15 a.m. The Show will begin at 9:30 a.m. Each class is limited 2 entries per person.


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