General Rules and Regulations

 for the Fair of 1887 

The general supervision of the grounds and entire exhibition is vested in the President of the Society.

The Fair Grounds will be open for the reception of all articles for exhibition on the First day of the Fair. 


  1. Entries may be made by addressing “ Secretary Clark County Agricultural Society,” Neillsville, Wis., at any time previous to the Fair, giving a list of articles to be exhibited.  All entries, except for trial of speed, must be made on or before 2 o’clock P.M. of the first day of Fair.  All entries free except horses.
  2. All entries of stallions two years old and over, and horses in harness or under saddle, $1.00 each.
  3. All articles which are the result of mechanical or artistic skill must be entered by the manufacturer or artist.
  4. Articles which are the product of the soil must be entered in the name of the producer of the same.
  5. Every animal must be entered for competition by number and the name of the owner endorsed on the entry book, and any person violating this rule will forfeit any premium which he might otherwise receive.
  6. One the entry of each animal or article a card will be furnished each exhibitor, specifying the class and number of the entry, which card must remain attached to such animal or article during the exhibition.
  7. No animal or article will be assigned to a place on the grounds until the entry shall have been made as above, and the entry fee paid.
  8. Such statements and copies of pedigrees as are required for examination much be in possession of the owners when the animal are on exhibition.  A statement must be made with the entry of fat cattle, of time, manner and cost of feeding.
  9. No articles or animal shall compete for more than one premium except as a part of a herd or for sweepstakes premium, provided, that horses may compete in a general class and also for speed.
  10. Exhibitors will at all times give the necessary personal attention to whatever they have on exhibition, and at the close of the Fair take charge of the same.  Diligence will be used by the officers of the association to prevent injury to animals or articles on exhibition.  An efficient force of watchmen will be kept on the grounds day and night during the Fair, but the Society will not be responsible for any damage that may occur.
  11. The sale of spirituous liquor is prohibited.
  12. Competition will be open to the world in all departments except the agricultural department, in which entries will be confined to Clark County and that part of Wood County embraced within the limits of the Society.
  13. The premium cards and ribbons will be placed upon the successful articles and animals by the superintendents as soon as the decision is made.  A blue ribbon or card will represent the first premium; a red ribbon or card the second premium; a yellow ribbon or card the third premium; and a white ribbon a complementary notice of the committee.
  14. All premiums not claimed or called for within twenty days of award shall be considered donated to the Society.

    Awarding Committees

    1. Members of Awarding Committees will report themselves to the Superintendents at their several departments at 2 o’clock on the second day of Fair.

    2. No person can act as judge in any class in which he may be an exhibitor.

    3. No article or animal deemed unworthy shall be awarded a premium, but no premium shall be withheld merely because there is no competition.

    4. Judges will report only the animals or articles entitled to premiums, except they may especially commend such others as they may deem worthy of commendation.  No person other than the judges, herdsman or groom in charge of the stock, and the Superintendent, will be permitted to enter the exhibition ring during the exhibition of animals.  No stock will be permitted to enter the ring unless under the halter or in the care of some competent groom.  Judges are also instructed, in all cases of an attempted interference on the part of exhibitors with their deliberations and decisions, to exclude the parties so offending from competition in that particular class.

    5. Purity of blood, as established by pedigree, symmetry, size, early maturity and general characteristics of the several breeds of animals will be considered, and proper allowance made for age, feeding and other circumstances.  Breeding animals, exhibited as such, much be in a breeding condition, not barren animals.  Pedigree in cases must be perfectly satisfactory, and in thoroughbred cattle the exhibitor must produce a copy of the herd-book, record or certificate of acceptance, if required, to entitle him to a premium.

    6. Each award must be written in a plain, careful manner, on the blank page opposite the entry, and the reason for the award should be stated.

    7. The books must be returned by the Superintendent to the Secretary as soon as the awards in each class are completed.

    8. Great care must be exercised to preserve the books of the Awarding Committees, and the awards must be entered as above, in a plain, legible manner, in the proper place, as the premiums are paid on the authority of these entries only.

         General Rules

    1. Exhibitors of animals must place the name of the particular breed to which each animal [continued on page 9] belongs, in a conspicuous place in their respective stalls,
    2. Hay, Straw and water will be furnished on the ground without extra charge.
    3. No article or animal entered for exhibition may be removed from the grounds until 4 p.m. of the last day of the Fair, without the written consent of the President of the Society.
    4. All cattle and horses must be led into the ring when called for, or they will be excluded from the competition.
    5. No exhibitor of fruit will be permitted to retail fruit until noon of the last day of the Fair.

     Rules applying to the Horse, Cattle, Sheep and Swine Department.

    1. Superintendents of Horse and Cattle departments are ex-officio chairmen of their respective committees, but not entitled to vote.
    2. All votes shall be by ballot.  The animal receiving a majority, of the votes cast shall be entitled to the premium.
    3. Each premium shall be voted separately.
    4. In case of a tie vote, another committeeman shall be called in by the Superintendent and his vote shall be confined to the animals receiving the greatest number of votes, and shall be final.
    5. Members of Awarding Committees shall not, in any case, consult until after the award is made.
    6. No premiums will be paid to persons violating these rules.

     Superintendents of Departments

    1. Each Superintendent will have the arrangement and supervision of all articles or animals on exhibition in his department.
    2. He will afford the Awarding Committees every facility for examination; will affix the prizes, take charge of the committee books and return them to the Secretary every night.  Every Superintendent will please call upon the Secretary promptly at 2 p.m. on the second day of Fair for his class-books.

     The Marshal.

                    Will Execute the orders of the President of the Society, and have charge of the police, and see that order is maintained on the Fair Grounds; he will also see that none of the rules of the Society are violated with impunity.  He will assist the Division Superintendents in calling the committee together, and will see that there is no lack of forage or water for stock and see that the daily programme is duly carried out.

                    The expenses of the Fair will first be paid, then the premiums will be paid out of the receipts of the Fair, and in case the receipts are insufficient to pay them in full they will be paid pro rata. 

    Admission to the Grounds.

                    All persons can obtain tickets for admission to the grounds at the entrance gate at the following prices.               

    Life Membership.


    Annual Membership.


    Tickets admitting one person for the whole Fair.


    Tickets admitting one horse or team for the whole Fair.


    Tickets admitting one person once.


    Tickets admitting one horse or team once.


    Children under ten years of age.


                     In order to avoid all misunderstandings, tickets of admissions once will be taken up at the gate.  Tickets for the whole Fair will be retained by purchasers during the whole Fair and will entitle them to entrance or exit, as they please.

                    ‘Busses and carriages used to convey passengers will not be allowed on the grounds except by special arrangement.

From pages 5, 7, 9 and 11 of the

 List of Premiums and Rules and Regulations of the 

Clark County Agricultural Society, for the Fair of 1887. 

Web page by James W. Sternitzky PhD, June 29, 2007.

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