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For questions please refer to the complete 2018 Oakland County Fairbook.

All Other Contests

Fairbook pages 146- 152





See Horse Department 16, Division 10


Ag Olympics:Sponsored by the Oakland County 4-H Livestock Club.

Objective: To provide recreational and fun team activities for all youth at the County Fair.The AG Olympics times will be posted in the Livestock Barn.

Rules: A team will be composed of four members of which two members must be 12 and under and two members must be 13 and over.Each team must consist of two boys and two girls.Entry sign-up sheets will be available in the Livestock Barn office.Olympics will be held on the 2nd Sunday of Fair.

The AG Olympics is designed with fun in mind.Participants can prepare to expect the unexpected in this activity.Get your teams together to unwind and have fun.The following are possible activities that may be included in this contest:

1.Hay bale toss

2.Hog driving contest

3.Sheep calling contest

4.Relay races

5.Egg toss

6.3-legged race

Premiums: Participation ribbons will be given. Premiums are not paid.



All youth are eligible to gain hands-on experience by placing animals in a 1st through 4th position from a judge’s perspective. The participants may also have to give reasons for their placing of the animals. Species include beef, swine, goat and sheep with an overall. competition also. Sign up Friday before 9 am in the Livestock Barn office. First through fourth place rosettes and Junior and Senior trophies will be awarded. The Ralph Braid Memorial Trophy and The Middleton Family Award will be awarded. Ribbons and Trophies will be awarded before the Large Animal Auction, Saturday at 6:15 pm. No pre-registration is required

Premiums are not paid.

Livestock Showmanship Sweepstakes

Rules: The best two senior and intermediate showmen from, horse, goat, sheep, swine, poultry, rabbit and alpaca/llama areas are eligible to compete. The best senior or intermediate showman from beef and calf, areas are eligible to compete. These participants will compete in showmanship of all species listed above and answer showmanship questions about each of these species.Evaluations are made on the basis of answers and ability to show each species. Please reference the judging schedule for times.Championship Participation rosettes and Champion and Reserve Champion trophies will be awarded.Champion also receives John Cook Memorial Trophy and may not participate the following year but may enter in subsequent years.




2017 Winner:Tom Purves

This scholarship is available to a graduating high school senior continuing their education at an accredited institution or trade school in the year in which they are applying or a college student continuing to exhibit livestock at the Oakland County Fair.To be eligible a candidate must have exhibited a beef, sheep, swine, goat or calf project at the Oakland County Fair for a minimum of three calendar years including the year of application.You may obtain a copy of the full set of requirements and the application from the Fair office or the web The application is due in the Fair Office no later than June 1st.




Pre-registration is strongly encouraged, but not required. You may sign up at the time of event.

Open to any youth (no adults) and his/her dog showing in the Dog project area at the current year’s Fair.

To be held on Sunday, July 15th at 11:00 pm in the Companion Animal Tent.Class may be divided.Prize to be awarded.Contests may include, but not limited to:on or off leash only jumps, tunnels and chutes, tidbit catching, kid agility, puppy pushups, simon says and best dog tricks.



930101Dog Fun Contests



Thursday, July 12th at 4:30 pm. Check in at 4:00 pm.

Quiz Bowl will only be open to the registered dog clubs in Oakland County or registered participants of the Fair in the dog area.Team may register in the Companion Animal Tent at any time prior to the event when the Registration Desk is open.

Two teams per club with 3-5 members in a team.Each team will pick a breed name and a captain.Teams must sign in and provide team information. If a Club does not have a team entering Quiz Bowl, registered dog area participants may join another team. Quiz bowl is limited to 50 questions or one hour.Each team will have 15 seconds after given a question to answer, if the team answers correctly the team earns 5 points.If the team answers incorrectly, the question is read again to the 2nd team who has 10 seconds to answer.If the 2nd team answers correctly they will earn 2 points.If the 2nd team does not answer correctly the question goes to the next team without being read again.The question is worth 2 points to the team that answers correctly.Questions will come from the AKC breed site, state dog show book and training site, 4-H Lab Kit and Oakland County Fairbook..For additional information please contact the superintendent.



2017 Winner:Heather Gregory

This contest is for all senior 4-H youth who have been active in the Fair and are nearing the end of their 4-H careers.We encourage you to gather all of your awards, pictures, and trophies to show your 4-H career successes.This contest is open to all seniors and last year competitors aged 18-19.

The enclosed display should consist of an accumulation of exhibits, awards, and 4-H experiences acquired throughout their 4-H career.Guidelines are the same as those for a club display and are listed in Club Exhibit Dept. #54,Division 1 Fair Theme Display,

Judging criteria is based on composition, creativity, and presentation of Fair theme. Please reference your judging schedules for dates and times of judging.An interview may be required to be used as a tie breaker.The winner will receive a trophy, and 2 (two) tickets to a nightly event.2nd and 3rd place also receive tickets to a nightly event.



930102Senior Last Year Display


This contest is for any child age 8 to 19 that wants to go head to head with a select model rocket in a drag race.The contest is to demonstrate skill, technique, and creativity in model rocket construction.All rocket entries must be built of the same kit.Contact Aerospace Department Superintendent for kit type and rules.Rules and kit can also be purchased at Discovery Day.

The scoring will be determined by the following point system:first off the launch pad (1 point), the lowest flight (1 Point) and the last to land (1 point).The rocket will be checked for safety on Judging Saturday and flown on Thursday morning after the rocket launch.

Strip Ribbons are awarded based on total points.In case of a tie, the flyer with the most wins will be awarded the next strip.If still a tie, the winner of a race-off will be awarded the next strip.No points will be added to the total scores for this race-off.

Best of show is determined by winner of the final race.


930103Rocket Drag Race


Superintendent: Curtis Todd

248-819-2247 or 248-819-2243


  • Follow all applicable General Fair book rules.
  • If you have a chess clock and/or board you’d like to use at the tournament, please contact the chess superintendent.
  • The Tournament will be held on Saturday, July 7th , starting at 2:15 pm at the Ellis Barn Exhibit Hall.The tournament is limited to the first 32 registrations.On the day of the tournament walk-ins will be accepted if the 32 slots are not filled.
  • Tournament conditions require absolute quiet for participants and spectators, respect for other players, and good sportsmanship. Players should shake hands before and after each game.
    • Conversations, “Just for Fun” games, and other noisy activities should not take place in the playing area.
    • Persistent causing of distractions will result in disqualification from the tournament.
  • All games will be played with “touch move”:
    • Touch pieces and the clock ONLY when it is your turn to do so.
    • If a player touches a piece, he/she must move that piece if legally possible.Similarly, if an opponent’s piece is touched, it must be captured if legally possible.Once a piece is released, it must remain on that square.
    • To straighten or adjust the position of pieces, first announce, “I adjust.”
    • Refrain from banging pieces down, hitting the clock hard, or making unnecessary and distracting sounds or body movements.
  • All games will be played with one time control:
    • Games will be finished within 30 minutes, giving 15 minutes to each player.
    • Beginners Category WILL NOT use clocks.When 30 minutes are up and there is no Checkmate, position will be judged based on points captured and board position.
    • Experienced Category WILL use clocks, and will be subject to losing the game due to an elapsed time limit.
    • Spectators, other players, and even the Tournament Director (TD) should not comment on an elapsed time limit (AKA “fallen flag”).ONLY THE OPPONENT can claim a win on time.
    • It is not necessary to announce “check” in a tournament game.
    • Never argue about rules or any disagreement over the chessboard.Immediately stop the clock (pause button) and call for the TD to resolve your issue.
    • If your opponent makes an illegal move and hits the clock, you should stop the clock (pause button) and request the TD to add 2 minutes to your remaining time.
    • Three illegal moves will result in disqualification from the tournament.
  • Tournament Players are not allowed to look at personal or published chess materials during a game or to receive either solicited or unsolicited advice from a third party concerning a game in progress.The person giving the advice WILL BE DISQUALIFIED from the tournament and removed from the playing area.The person receiving the advice WILL FORFEIT the game.
  • Tournament pairings will be done using the following guidelines:
    • Player will not be paired with any other player more than once.
    • Players with the same score are paired whenever possible.
    • The TD will assign colors as fairly as possible.Alternating the colors is the ideal.
    • Failure to notify the director of your withdrawal from an event or miss a round of play will result in a penalty (loss of ribbon and or trophy).
  • There are 2 levels of tournament play.Players can register in ONE of the following categories:
    • Beginner: Playing for less than 2 years, must know how to move pieces, including:
    • Experienced: meets beginner’s qualifications and will be using a chess clock.
  • enpassant, castling, stalemate and checkmate situations.

Learning Objective: To develop critical thinking and problem solving skills while playing chess.

Tournament prizes:

Beginners’ Category -

1 set of Rosettes; 1 Trophy

Experienced Category

1 set of Rosettes; 1 Trophy



930104 Beginners tournament (8 - 19)

930105Experienced tournament (8 - 19)




2017 Winners:Madalin Roberts

Abby Glad

The purpose of this contest is to award outstanding 4-H youth a financial award to continue their education.We encourage all qualified youth, aged 17 and up to a senior in college, to apply for this contest. See application for all requirements. Application on line at are due in the Fair Office no later than June 1st




Special rosettes will be awarded. Cornstalks and Sunflowers must be bagged in containers and

include the roots, stalk, and flowers.


Classes are also used as participation in the gardner of the year award.

Check in & Judging:Judging Saturday see plant science schedule for details


930106Largest Cabbage

930107Largest Cucumber

930108Longest Gourd

930109Biggest Gourd

930110Largest Pepper

930111Largest Potato

930112Longest Squash

930114Largest Tomato

930115Tallest Corn Stalk

930116Largest Sunflower Stalk

930117Longest Green Bean

930118Largest Radish



2017 Winner:Haley Hicks

Check-in is Saturday, July 8th from 9:30 am to Noon. Ribbons will be awarded in each age class and $5.00 to the winner in each age class.The overall winner will receive a trophy and $25.00.Classes are also used as participation in the gardener of the year award.


930119Ages 16-19

930120Ages 13-15

930121Ages 8-12

930122Overall Winner


  • All Cherry tomato plants must be of the same designated variety (plants will be distributed at Discovery Days).
  • All Cherry tomato plants must be shown in a decorated 5 gallon bucket. During the initial seedling stage smaller pots may be used but at Fair time all plants must be well established in a decorated 5 gallon bucket.
  • Plant must be free of bugs and disease, any plant that shows signs of or has bugs or diseases will need to be removed from Fair Grounds.
  • Eighty percent of care must have been done by contestant.
  • A weekly journal handwritten or typed by contestant must be submitted with plant. It should contain information regarding the weather, your watering and fertilizing schedule, type of fertilizer you used, soil condition and type, how you may have amended the soil, bugs or disease and how you handled it, when your first flowers appeared, when you noticed the first tomatoes.
  • Warning- your plant may be disassembled during the judging process!


1. Total weight of all tomatoes on plant. (Red or green)25 points

2. Total quantity of tomatoes on plant25 points

3. Looks Overall25 points

A. Health and Condition

B. Stockiness of plant.

C. Color

D. Creativeness of pot decoration

4.Journal25 points

A. Record Keeping

B. Neatness

Total points100 points


1.Cover page
2.Weekly journal pages starting with the day

you planted your seedlings.
3.Journal pages should contain:
a. Information regarding the weather
b. Your watering and fertilizing schedule,

including the type of fertilizer you used.
c. Soil condition and type, and how you may

have amended the soil.
d. Problems you may have had with bugs or

disease and how you went about

solving the problem.
e. When did you notice the first flowers and

when did you notice the first tomatoes?
4.Conclusion page. A brief paragraph about how you felt about your project. Would you do it again? What would you change? You may journal

more often if you wish but the minimum requirement is once a week. You may include pictures, drawings, or articles you found interesting about growing tomatoes. Please try to make it nice and neat so we can read all about your experiences.Have fun! We look forward to seeing you at Fair!



Rules:Registrations must be submitted to the Splash of Color Landscaping Contest, Oakland County 4-H Fair Association, P.O. Box 365, Davisburg, MI48350. See Registration Form for complete information and rules.Registration form is available at the Fair Office or on our web

4-H Clubs:Submit the registration form with your fair entry form by June 1, 2018.

Placing:1st through 6th, Premiums and Rosettes

1st :$100.00



4th – 6th:$25.00


930123Temporary Splash of Color

930124Permanent Splash of Color


“Pin One on the Fair”

Sponsored by:Cherry Hill North Lanes and the Fairboard


Mel Hager


Decorate a bowling pin and help promote the Oakland County Fair.Prizes will be based on the number of entries, so get together with your friends, neighbors and create the best bowling pin in the county!

Bowling pins will be available at the Fiesta Fundraiser, Discovery Day and at the Oakland County Fair office.


  • Bowling pins must be entered on your Fair entry form.One entry per person.
  • Bowling pins may be decorated in any way that you choose without cutting into or destroying the bowling pin .
  • Decorations must include:
  • Pins may not be professionally completed and must be the work of the person who entered the exhibit.

“Oakland County Fair” and the current year Fair Dates.Bowling Pins without this required information will be disqualified.

  • Bowling pin must be attached to a 5”X5” square base for stability. The base cannot be altered in any way.
  • Completed bowling pins may have no mechanical or electrical parts, but must display the name and date of the Fair.
  • A deposit of $5.00 is required and will be returned when your entry is received.Entries become the property of the Oakland County Fair and will be used for promotional purposes in various businesses throughout the county.Photos of the entries may be used in various advertising areas including the Fair web site.
  • Entries are due in the Fair Office on or before Wednesday, June 1, 2018.No late entries will be accepted.
  • Classes will be split is more than 17 entries in any class.
  • Judging will be based on neatness, materials used and creative promotion of the Fair.
  • Prizes: 1st -$30.00, 2nd -$20.00, 3rd -$15.00
  • Overall winner will also receive a Cherry Hill North Lanes Party Package with an approximate value of $50.00.
  • Clubs may enter up to 3 bowling pins.Clubs are not eligible to win the Party Prize Package.
  • If it is determined by the judges that the entry has not conformed to these rules or does not tastefully represent the Oakland County Fair, the entry will be disqualified.


930125:8-14 years old

930127:15-19 years old
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