Premium Book Rules and Regulations

In order to bring any animal into the Afton Fair, you need to make sure that you understand all Rules & Regulations related to bringing an animal onto the fairgrounds. Please completely review the information on this page and in the Animal Health Requirements section of this website. Links to all Animal Health Requirements for New York State, and for bringing animals in from other states are available below.

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  1. The Chief Executive Officer is the President, who can be reached by inquiring at the office by the main gate.
  2. The officials of the fair and the police appointed will keep order on the grounds. The rules will be enforced and there will be vigilant night watches during the fair.
  3. The various Superintendents have general control, management and supervision of their respective departments.
  4. The officers of the Afton Fair always endeavor to exercise every reasonable precaution to avoid theft, fire and accident. The Afton Fair and its officers will in no case be held responsible for injury or damage to persons or property from any cause. (Upon this condition, persons are invited to attend or exhibit accept this taking part in a performance or assuming the risk, all persons are directed to keep off the track and away from the track fence.)
  5. Additional regulation of each department appears at the head of the list of premiums for that department.
  6. The Horse Races will be governed by the rules of the U.S. Trotting Association.
  7. Any infraction of these rules by an exhibitor will incur the forfeit of all premiums to him/her and such others or further penalty as the Board of Directors may order.
  8. No peddler, concession, show of any kind will be admitted to the grounds until a signed contract and insurance is filed with fair secretary or treasurer.
  9. Persons found gaining unlawful admission will be dealt with according to law.
  10. Entry blanks must be made out in full by exhibitor. See individual departments for closing dates. No entries will be received thereafter without special arrangement with superintendent.
  11. All exhibits must be in place at time specified to qualify for premiums.
  12. All exhibitors must have exhibition pass.
  13. No person will be allowed to act as judge of any class in which he/she has stock or articles entered for premiums.
  14. Premium checks will be mailed to winners after the close of the fair, complete mailing address is required by the postal service.
  15. Stock must not be removed from the grounds until 5:00 PM on Saturday. Exhibits entered for premiums must not be removed before 6:00 Sunday or at the discretion of the Floral Hall superintendent.
    • No tear down before 5 pm Saturday.
  16. Hay and bedding will not be furnished by the Fair Association.
  17. Exhibits must be numbered.
  18. All protests must be taken to the President within six hours after the cause of the complaint.
  19. Any exhibitor who shall make any false statement in regard to any article or animal exhibited or interfere with judges in any manner whatever, shall be excluded from the competition.
  20. All livestock must be registered in the Herd Book of Breed to which it belongs and names and numbers of animals must be given when entered and certificates of registry be shown. No registration papers pending.
  21. Entrance fees are plainly stated at the head of each class.
  22. All exhibitors and helpers must purchase exhibitor tickets or other admission tickets beyond 2 provided free with application.
  23. All exhibitors to be eligible for premiums must be the bona fide owners of the articles exhibited for premiums. In case of dispute, bill of sale must be furnished by owner.
  24. The Fair Association will not be liable for exhibits after 6:00 PM closing day.
  25. Any exhibits left on the fairgrounds past 3:00 PM Sunday will become the property of the fair.
  26. All animals entering the Afton Fair grounds must have veterinary certificate proving active immunization against rabies and it was given 14 days before the opening day of the fair.

NOTICE

  • Persons found gaining unlawful admission will be dealt with according to the law.
  • Alcoholic Beverages will not be allowed on the grounds except in the Beer Tent.
  • No bikes of any kind, including three or four wheelers, are allowed on the grounds at any location other than parked in the parking lot.
  • Sale or distribution of any merchandise, including printed or written material, except under license issued by the Afton Driving Park and Agricultural Association, Inc. and/or from a duly licensed location shall be prohibited.
  • There will be a charge of $25 for each occurrence of a check written for entry fees or vendor fees being returned for insufficient funds. No exceptions.

Rules and Regulations of the Department of Agriculture and Markets

(Title 1 of the Official Compilation of the New York Codes Rules and Regulations)

Standards

Standards Section Index

[Section 350.1] - Fair Sponsor; definition
[Section 350.2] - No fee for 4-H, F.F.A., junior fair or school department exhibits
[Section 350.3] - Prompt, full payment for premiums
[Section 350.4] - No Premium for unworthy exhibit
[Section 350.5] - Premium amount to attract well-balanced exhibits
[Section 350.6] - No exhibits by judges in departments they oversee
[Section 350.7] - Exhibits to be plainly labeled
[Section 350.8] - Reexhibition in domestic department
[Section 350.9] - Ownership of exhibits entered in fairs and shows
[Section 350.10] - Rejection or refusal of an exhibit
[Section 350.11] - Compliance with and enforcement of livestock health requirements

Section 350.1 - Fair Sponsor; definition
For purposes of this Part a fair sponsor shall mean any organization that receives money from the State for the promotion of agriculture and domestic arts pursuant to Article 24 of the Agriculture and Markets Law.
Section 350.2 - No fee for 4-H, F.F.A., junior fair or school department exhibits
No entry fee shall be charged for 4-H Club, F.F.A. and junior fair exhibits entered for competition in their own classes, or for entries in the school department.
Section 350.3 - Prompt, full payment for premiums
All premiums advertised and awarded must be paid promptly and in full, without deduction in the guise of donations or otherwise, not withstanding any statement to the contrary or in modification thereof announced or stated in the premium book.
Section 350.4 - No Premium for unworthy exhibit
No premium should be awarded by any judge or paid by any fair sponsor for an unworthy exhibit.
Section 350.5 - Premium amount to attract well-balanced exhibits
The amount of premium offered in the various departments should be such as to secure well-balanced exhibits, in the light of the types of agriculture carried on in the territory served by the fair.
Section 350.6 - No exhibits by judges in departments they oversee
No judges shall be permitted to enter exhibits in competition for premium in the department with which they are connected.
Section 350.7 - Exhibits to be plainly labeled
All exhibits must be plainly labeled so that the full significance of the exhibits will be made clear.
Section 350.8 - Reexhibition in domestic department
No article shall be permitted to be exhibited in the domestic department if it has been previously exhibited therein, unless permitted by official action of the board of directors of the fair sponsor.
Section 350.9 - Ownership of exhibits entered in fairs and shows
  1. All exhibits shall be entered in the name of the exhibit owner; provided, however, that any animal exhibit entered in a youth fair, youth exhibition, or 4-H show or exhibition may be entered in the name of the exhibitor.
  2. Exhibits shall have been owned by the exhibitor for a period of at least 30 days prior to entry of the exhibit; provided, however, that any animal exhibit entered in a youth fair, youth exhibition or 4-H show or exhibition shall have been in the care of the exhibitor for a period of at least 60 days prior to the entry of the exhibit.
  3. Proof of ownership of any exhibit shall be provided by the exhibitor, upon request, to the fair sponsor.
  4. The fair sponsor may limit the number of breeds shown by any exhibitor.
Section 350.10 - Rejection or refusal of an exhibit
Any fair sponsor shall reserve the right to reject or refuse, and to order the removal of, any exhibit which, in the opinion of its board of directors, is not eligible or worthy of showing or has not met the livestock health requirements set forth in Part 351 of this Chapter.
Section 350.11 - Compliance with an enforcement of livestock health requirements
Each fair sponsor shall comply with and enforce the livestock health requirements set forth in Part 351 of this Chapter.

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