Mecosta County Free Fair Livestock, Horse & Exhibit Building Information

Building Schedule of Events and Activities

Exhibitors Registration

Deadline for all fair registrations: Last Friday in June OR, Same day registrations for still exhibits on Saturday, July 8, 2016 from 9am - 2pm.

Please Note: The fair reserves the right to pro-rate premiums if funding is not received from the State of Michigan or its fair receipts are insufficient to pay expenses.

  • Register for all classes you may enter exhibits in, even if you are not sure your project will be ready. It is simple to drop a class, but you cannot add one after the last Friday in June deadline for livestock and horses.
  • It is the responsibility of each individual exhibitor to be knowledgeable of the rules and regulations in the classes and divisions they are entering.
  • Exhibitors may pick up their exhibit tags on Saturday, July 8th from 9am - 2pm at the Exhibit Building when they bring their exhibits. All exhibits must be tagged to be exhibited. Once you have tagged your entry, you can take it to the appropriate display area, and check it in with the superintendent.
  • Judges decisions are final. Ribbons will not be replaced.
  • All exhibits must remain in place until designated release times. Failure on the part of the exhibitor to conform to this rule will result in revoking all premiums.
  • All exhibits must be the current work of the exhibitor and must have been done or completed within the last year - unless otherwise noted in a section.
  • Exhibit items may only be entered once for competition. Items enter previously will not be judged.
  • Exhibit Building entries may be picked up on Saturday, July 16th between 9pm and 10pm or Sunday, July 17th between 9am and Noon. You must have your claim tickets or driver's license to remove exhibits from the fairgrounds.
  • All exhibitors enter exhibits at their own risk. The Mecosta County Fair board is not responsible for lost, broken or damaged items. (See Fair Entry Rules for more information).

Exhibitor Information

  • Open Class Adult - Anyone 19 years old an up.
  • Open Youth - Persons 5 years old to 18 years old. Age is determined as of January 1st.
  • Little Buddy Program - Youth ages 6, 7, and 8. Must be pre-registered by April 30, 2017 in the Little Buddy Program in Mecosta County.
  • Senior Citizen/Golden Years - Persons 60 years old or older.
  • 4-H/FFA Youth Classes - Youth must be a registered member in the Mecosta County 4-H Youth Development Program and a member in good standing. Youth must follow all rules and guidelines under the county and state 4-H program for their projects. Preregistered by project deadline.

Exhibit Building Section Areas

Needlework Foods
Fine Arts Crafts
Photography Educational Projects
Floriculture Horticulture
Science & Technology
Environmental Education and Conservation

Exhibit items may only be entered once for competition. Same items re-entered another year will not be judged. All exhibit numbers will be assigned. All entries must be this year's work or growth.

Notes:
  • Hog, sheep, beef, goat, poultry, and dairy shows take place in covered livestock arena
  • Horse shows take place in the large open arena
  • Rabbit shows take place at the rabbit barn.
  • All 4-H Livestock Record Books must be reviewed and signed by club leaders and turned into the Exhibit Building at specified times. No Exceptions.
  • 4-H members will participate in the Face to Face Food Judging on Saturday, July 8th from 9am - 2pm, first come first serve basis.

Questions?
If you have any questions about how to enter an exhibit, please contact: 4-H/FFA Youth Exhibits - Mecosta County, MSU Extension Office (231) 592-0795, Open Class Exhibits - (231) 629-8355, please leave a message before 5 pm. A registration form is available in the fair book. Please, only 1 exhibitor's entries on a registration form. All Horse and Livestock exhibits and projects must be pre-registered. Refer to the fair book for more information.

2017 Fair Schedule

Rules and Regulations Governing Entries, Exhibits, and Awards

Livestock, Horse and Exhibit Building Information

Race Horse Barns Rules and Regulations

Mecosta County MSU Extension Office

2017 Heath Requirements for Livestock


The 2017 Fairbook is here!

Outstanding Fair Exhibitor Award

This award is earned by a youth aged 14 to 19 years of age. Eligible youths must complete the award application form and turn it in to the Mecosta County MSU Extension Office before June 15th. Applications are available at the MSU Extension Office.

Youth participants will be awarded points based on the ribbons they earn from their exhibits at the Mecosta County Agricultural Free Fair. Points are also awarded for community service provided to the Mecosta County Fair.

The Outstanding Fair Exhibitor award winner will receive an embroidered jacket.

The Outstanding Fair Exhibitor for 2016 was Julia Doughty.