General

General Rules and Regulations

Please refer to the special rules under your specific department.

  • All articles exhibited at owner's risk, but all reasonable precautions will be taken
    for protection of all exhibits.
  • All articles must be listed in owner's name and by Lot number.
  • No exhibits may be removed before 1:00 p.m., Sunday, September 11th, 2011 excluding livestock and outside exhibits. Outside exhibits may be removed Saturday night at 11:30.
  • All exhibits must be in place by 3:00 p.m., Saturday, September 3rd, 2011, with the exception of livestock, poultry, flowers, culinary, gardening, and crops.
  • All premiums will be paid as soon as practical after judging has been completed.
  • With the exception of the livestock (which must have been in the owner’s possession
    for 60 days prior to fair) relics and curios, all articles entered for exhibit must have been raised or produced by exhibitor otherwise no premium will be paid on such exhibit.
  • In showing pairs of animals or other classes, one person must own the animals in order to receive premium money or ribbons unless in case of partners operating a farm or owning the animals together..
  • There will be a $3 entry fee per 4x8 pen - with a limit of 2 animals per pen; a $5 entry fee per 8x8 pen with a limit of 4 animals per pen. Season's pass ($20 per person) should be obtained when the pen fees are paid. Upon purchase of exhibitor's pass, Herdsmen's Passes will be available at $4 each. These passes are good for 2 days only. Two Herdsmen's passes are available per each exhibitors pass purchased.
  • Premiums will be paid only on items mentioned in the premium list, but any article which will add to the general interest of the fair will be welcomed.
  • The association reserves the right to refund in whole or any part, money paid for privileges or concessions and refuse to allow any party to operate or do business should they become objectionable.
  • Soliciting subscriptions for any newspaper or periodical will be permitted only upon written request of the publisher and manager, filed with the Secretary of the Fair ten days before the opening date of the fair, which request shall contain the name of the solicitor operating on the grounds..
  • No person will be permitted to distribute advertising matter on the fair grounds without a permit from the management of the fair; except from their place of business
    or exhibit space.
  • The management of the fair and the censorship committee shall have the privilege of inspecting at any concession or privilege stand. Those failing to comply with the laws of the State of Tennessee or the rules of the Fair Association shall be compelled to remove the concession or stand from the fairgrounds.
  • Each concessionaire must confine himself to the space assigned him.
  • Purchasers of concessions must keep space in a sanitary condition by removing there from any filth or refuse.
  • The management reserves the right to amend or add to these rules as they, in
    their judgment, may deem advisable. In the event of conflict of general and special rules, the special rules will govern.
  • Concessionaires are requested, in the interest of all concerned, to buy their
    supplies from firms or persons listed in the Premium Book.
  • Only businesses or individuals holding a privilege contract from the Fair President shall be permitted to make sales, take orders, to make delivery on the Fair Grounds. This rule does not apply to sale of livestock and field seeds by exhibitors.
  • No lotteries of any kind will be allowed. Organization moneymaking schemes
    must apply to the Executive committee in writing prior to August 1, and the executive Committee must furnish a decision to the applicant within one week.
  • The Dyer County Fair Association reserves the right to change any and all rules and declare off any classes or premiums because of acts of God, excessive rain, or causes not within the power of the management to control.
  • The Judges shall be instructed not to award premiums not worthy of merit, or to articles borrowed or purchased for competition, nor those incorrectly entered.
  • In cases were there is only one exhibitor and no competition lot, the judges shall award only one premium, which may be either 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in accordance with the merits of the article exhibited.
  • The officers and directors or any member of their family who resides in their home, or employees at the fair will not be eligible to win the money given away by the Fair Association.
  • All exhibits or events for competition must be held at the Dyer County Fairgrounds during the week of the Fair, with the exception of fashion revues.

Tennessee Department of Agriculture - Imported Fire Ants Movement Permit

Tennessee State Fair exhibitors from the state of Tennessee will be required to get a
Movement Permit (to prevent the movement of Imported Fire Ants) from their local county extension office or the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Plant Certification Office @ 615-837-5130 if they are located in a fire ant regulated area and are shipping hay or straw to non-regulated areas. The enclosed web site gives a verbal description of the boundaries of the Imported Fire Ant Quarantine in Tennessee. A map of the Imported Fire Ant Quarantined area for the United States is available at USDA. If the exhibitor is from outside Tennessee, but in the regulated area, it is preferred that they provide a permit from their state of origin. The permit serves as verification that the hay or straw
meets compliance from being in contact with the ground and is found to be apparently free of fire ants. Baled hay or straw that has been stored in direct contact with the ground for more than 7 days can not be moved from anywhere in the federal imported fire ant regulated area to non-regulated areas. In Tennessee, regulated include all or portions of the following counties: Bedford, Bledsoe, Blount, Bradley, Carroll, Chester, Coffee, Decatur, Fayette, Franklin, Giles, Grundy, Hamilton, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Hickman, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Loudon, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Maury, McMinn, McNairy, Meigs, Monroe, Moore, Perry, Polk, Rhea, Roane, Sequatchie, Shelby, and Wayne

University of Tennessee - Fire Ants