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Open Class Regulations

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2018 Open Class Regulations

         NOTE: Open Class Dog Show has moved to Wednesday, Dogs to be in place by 2:30. 4-H Dog Show starting at 3:00 pm followed by Open Class Dog Show in the Show Barn. Agility Show Location to be announced.

Junior Division will be judged
Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Ag and Misc Building.

All other open class exhibits must be entered and in place by 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday in the open class building. Exhibits will be judged Wednesday evening and ready for public viewing Thursday morning.

Youth division 8-18, Adult division 19-74. To encourage more Open Class exhibits, there will be a Professional Division and a Division for Senior Citizens over 75 years old in each class. The guidelines for the Professional Division are: If you made more than $300 in the last year doing a craft or one of the classes, then you will be considered a professional. Please inform the Superintendents at entry time whether you are in the Professional or Senior Citizen Division.

All exhibits will remain until Saturday. They may be picked up on Saturday, check with superintendents for time.

Notice: Collect all open class premiums at check out time and check out with the appropriate Superintendent.


Dog Show-------------- Melissa Krysl

Farm Produce ------------ Tim Mann

Flowers ----------------- Janet Kliment

Pantry Stores ----------- Emily Cronk

Fine Arts ------------ Roseann Ninas

Photography -------------- Linda Peer

Open Class Assistant --Jennie Read

Junior Division ------------ Barb Shane

Beef Show----------- Megan Gotschall

Dog Show

 Melissa Krysl, Superintendent

 Wednesday, 2:30 pm Check In

Livestock Arena

  1. All dogs MUST be immunized DHL Parvo & rabies.

  2. Dogs and handlers should check in at arena for entry ½ hour before show is scheduled to start.

  3. Baiting with food or a toy is NOT permitted in obedience classes (except Pee Wee).

  4. Open age group is 9-years-old as of January 1st or the current year - through adult.  Pee Wee age group is 8 & under.

  5. All age groups may show in classes 7 through 14.


Classes 1-6

First Prize - $1.00 Second Prize $.50 (ribbons for everyone in classes 2 and 4)

Class 1.   Open Obedience (see 4-H Lot 13, classes 1, 2, & 3)  This is for handlers who did not show 4-H Obedience that morning.

Class 2.  Pee Wee Obedience (heel, sit, stay, come, down).  This is for handlers who did not show 4-H Obedience that morning.

Class 3.  Open Showmanship.  This is for handlers who did not show in 4-H Showmanship that morning.

Class 4.  Pee Wee Showmanship.  This is for handlers who did not show in 4-H Showmanship that morning.

Class 5.  Tricks.  Open to all 4-Hr’s Also

Class 6.  Costume Class.  Open to all 4-Hr’s

Classes 7-14

Need not be pre-entered.  All dogs present will be considered.  One ribbon placing only in each class.

Class 7.  Tallest dog

Class 8.  Shortest dog

Class 9.  Oldest dog

Class 10.  Youngest dog

Class 11.  Best groomed

Class 12.  Happiest tail

Class 13.  Most expressive eyes

Class 14.  Agility

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Farm Produce

Tim Mann, Superintendents

First prize is $1.00 in each class; second is $.50, Best of Show - $5.00

An exhibitor may enter only one exhibit of each item listed.

  1. One Gallon Winter Wheat
  2. One Gallon Spring Wheat
  3. One Gallon Rye
  4. One Gallon Barley
  5. One Gallon Oats
  6. One Gallon Buckwheat
  7. Five Ears, Pop Corn
  8. Five Ears Last Year’s Corn, Any Variety
  9. Five Ears This Year’s Corn, Any Variety
  10. One Ear Last Year’s Corn, Any Variety
  11. One Ear This Year’s Corn, Any Variety
  12. One Quart Field Beans
  13. One Gallon Alfalfa Seed
  14. One Gallon Sweet Clover Seed
  15. One Gallon Alsike Clover Seed
  16. Five Ears Sweet Corn
  17. One Gallon Red Clover Seed
  18. One Gallon Madison Vetch
  19. One Gallon Grain Sorghums, Any Variety
  20. One Gallon Brome Seed
  21. Five White Potatoes on Plate
  22. Five Red Potatoes on Plate
  23. Five Any Other Potatoes on Plate
  24. Two Rutabagas on Plate
  25. Five Turnips on Plate
  26. Five Tomatoes on Plate (red)
  27. Five Tomatoes on Plate (yellow)
  28. Five Pear Tomatoes on Plate
  29. Five Cherry Tomatoes on Plate
  30. Five Roma Tomatoes on Plate
  31. Five Any Other Tomatoes on Plate
  32. Ten Peanuts
  33. Five Yellow Onions on Plate
  34. Five White Onions on Plate
  35. Five Red Onions on Plate
  36. Two Slicing Cucumbers
  37. Five Pickling Cucumbers
  38. One Plant of Celery
  39. Five Table Beets on Plate
  40. Two Sweet Peppers on Plate
  41. Two Any Other Peppers on Plate
  42. Five Hot Peppers on Plate
  43. Five Kohlrabi on Plate
  44. Five Carrots on Plate
  45. Five Parsnips on Plate
  46. Two Heads of Cabbage
  47. Two Pie Pumpkins
  48. Two Table Squash (Summer)
  49. Two Winter Squash
  50. One Zucchini Squash
  51. Two Egg Plant
  52. One Plant Parsley
  53. One Plant Dill
  54. Two Muskmelons
  55. Two Watermelons
  56. Heaviest Watermelons
  57. Heaviest Pumpkin
  58. Largest Cucumber
  59. Largest Cabbage
  60. Most Unusual Vegetable
  61. Five Green String Beans on Plate
  62. Five Yellow String Beans on Plate
  63. One Plant of Spinach
  64. Five Stalks Rhubarb
  65. Five Okra on Plate
  66. One Swiss Chard
  67. Three Plants Corn on Stalk
  68. Three Sunflower Plants
  69. Most Unusual Vegetable

Sheaf Grains & Grasses

Sheaf should be five inches at the band, neatly stripped of leaves and neatly tied.  First prize is $1.00 in each class, second is $.50.

  • Oats
  • Soy Beans
  • Winter Wheat
  • Rye
  • Spring Wheat
  • Alfalfa Hay
  • Timothy
  • Barley
  • Clover, red
  • Clover, sweet hay
  • Field Beans
  • Alfalfa Seed
  • Lima Beans
  • Intermediate Wheat Grass
  • Sorghum, grain
  • Sorghum, fodder
  • Brome Grass

    Composite Forage & Small Grain Exhibit

    Exhibits can be made by individuals, precincts, or organizations.

    Samples to be mounted on a 4’X8' board, preferably painted white.  A minimum of 20 samples must be mounted.  Samples may be native or introduced species, should be attractively arranged and labeled on board, and no more than two inches at the band.

    First prize $5.00, second prize $4.00.


    All fruits must be raised by exhibitors.  First prize is $1.00 in each class; second is $.50.

    Apples, five on a plate

  • Ben Davis
  • Greening, N.W.
  • Black Ben Davis
  • Grimes Golden
  • Jonathan
  • Delicious
  • Strawberry
  • Tallman Sweeet
  • Winesap
  • Wealthy
  • Wealthy Summer
  • Any Other Apple
  • Crab Apples, five on a plate

  • Minnesota
  • Martha
  • Alaska
  • Romanite
  • Syberian
  • Hyslop
  • Whitney
  • Any Other Crab Apple
  • Strawberries, five on a plate

    Plums, six on a plate

  • Transcedent
  • Blue Damson
  • Pattawatmie
  • Wauneta
  • Wolf
  • Sapa
  • Opata
  • Grapes, three bunches

  • Concord Grapes
  • White Grapes
  • Delaware Grapes
  • Pears, five on a plate

  • Kiefer
  • Barlett
  • Peter Piper
  • Peaches, five on a plate

  • Seeding
  • Grafted or Budded
  • Quince

    Nuts, five on a plate

  • Walnuts
  • Any other edible nut
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    Linda Peer, Superintendent

    This year there will be a professional division. Please inform the Superintendents at entry time whether you are in the Professional division.

    All displays should be framed or mounted on a stiff cardboard.  Minimum size 5" x 7" Ready to hang.

    (It is recommended that displays be placed in a plastic type bag to prevent dust or other damage.)

  • Animals, Nature & Wildlife
  • Scenic, includes Sunrise, Sunset
  • Portrait (People)
  • Candid (People Unposed)
  • Floral
  • Altered Picture
  • Miscellaneous
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    Linda Peer, Superintendent

    This year there will be a professional division. Please inform the Superintendents at entry time whether you are in the Professional division.

    All displays should be framed or mounted on a stiff cardboard, ready to hang. 

    (It is recommended that displays be placed in a plastic type bag to prevent dust or other damage.)

    First prize $1.00, second $.50* Best of Show $5.00

  • Oils
  • Acrylics
  • Watercolors
  • Sketch
  • Charcoal
  • Chalk
  • Pencil
  • Miscellaneous
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    Janet Kliment, Superintendent

    First prize $1.00, second $.50 Best of Show $5.00

    The top placings in each division will be recognized.

    Cut Flowers

    (3 stems with 1 inch of foliage or less unless otherwise stated)

    Holt County Wildflowers

    (with foliage)

    Fresh Arrangement

    (Accessories allowed with any foliage)

    1. Monochromatic (one color)
    2. Holt County Fair (theme)
    3. Using Holt County Wildflower and Grasses
    4. Holiday
    5. Rose Bouquet (any mix)
    6. Blooming Bouquet (any mix)
    7. Dare to be Different


    (Fresh or artificial)

    1. Corsage (in plastic bag)
    2. Silk Arrangement
    3. Dried Arrangement
    4. Swag
    5. Wreath


    (Displayed with explanation)

    1. Preserved plant
    2. Conservation
    3. Fertilizers and insecticides

    House Plants

    (Grown in house pots)

    1. Any

    Container Plantings

    (Grown in outside pots)

    1. Annuals


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    Pantry Stores

    Emily Cronk, Superintendent

    First prize $1.00, second $.50, Best of Show $5.00.

    Money will be awarded only on items in the premium list.  Prizes as shown above each class unless otherwise indicated.

    After judging of loaf breads and cakes, a sample will be left on exhibit, the remainder may be taken by exhibitor. NO CREAM PIES MY BE EXHIBITED. NO MERINGUE.

    There will be three age divisions:  8-18 and 18 to adults, over 75 years.

    Quick Breads

    Yeast Breads

    Cakes - unfrosted

    Decorated Cakes, cupcakes, cookies


    Cookies, Four on a plate

    Canned Goods

    All canned fruits, vegetables, meats and pickles must be in regular pint or quart jars.


  • Apples
  • Applesauce
  • Apricots
  • Bing Cherries
  • Cherries
  • Gooseberries
  • Grapes
  • Huckleberries
  • Mulberries
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Plums, Tame
  • Plums, Wild
  • Prunes, Italian
  • Raspberries
  • Rhubarb
  • Sand Cherries
  • Strawberries
  • Vegetables

  • Asparagus
  • Beets
  • Beans
  • Beans, shelled
  • Carrots
  • Corn
  • Greens
  • Hominy
  • Peppers
  • Pumpkin
  • Sauerkraut
  • Vegetable Mix
  • Tomato Juice
  • Peas
  • Meats

  • Beef
  • Chicken
  • Fish
  • Hamburger
  • Mincemeat
  • Sausage
  • Steak
  • Venison
  • Pickles & Sauces

  • Asparagus
  • Bean
  • Beet
  • Beet Salad or Relish
  • Carrot
  • Catsup
  • Chili Sauce
  • Corn Salad or Relish
  • Crab Apple
  • Cucumber Cinnamon
  • Cucumber Relish
  • Dill, Cucumber
  • Mixed
  • Mustard
  • Onion
  • Peach
  • Peppers
  • Pepper Relish
  • Sliced Cucumber
  • Sour Cucumber
  • Sweet Cucumber
  • Tomato
  • Watermelon
  • Salsa
  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • Zucchini Relish
  • Jellies

    Must be standard canning jar

  • Apple
  • Cherry
  • Choke Cherry
  • Currant
  • Gooseberry
  • Grape, tame
  • Grape, wild
  • Mixed Fruit
  • Peach
  • Plum
  • Raspberry
  • Strawberry
  • Sand Cherry
  • Other
  • Jam or Butter

  • Apple Butter
  • Peach Butter
  • Pear Butter
  • Plum Butter
  • Choke Cherry Jam
  • Currant Jam
  • Grape Jam
  • Rhubarb Jam
  • Mixed Jams
  • Other
  • Preserves & Marmalades

  • Cherry
  • Garden Huckleberry
  • Mulberry
  • Plum
  • Strawberry
  • Tomato
  • Watermelon
  • Marmalade
  • Other
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    Hobbies and Crafts

    Roseann Ninas, Superintendent

    First Prize $1.00, second $.50, Best of show $5.00

    Needle Art

    Rules for Best-In-County Contest at Nebraska State Fair

      1. Must be judged BEST IN NEEDLEWORK in County.

      2. Only one article may be entered in this contest from each county.  Exhibitor must live in county.

      3. Superintendent of County Needle-work (or official) must send in exhibit with exhibitor’s name and address.

      4. Contest must be published in County Fair Premium Book.

      5. Exhibit will be under the general rules in the Nebraska State Fair Premium Book.

      6. Best in County Exhibit & Entry will be accepted at State Fair. See superintendent for details.

    1st Prize…………..….$75.00

    2nd Prize……………..$50.00

    3rd Prize……………...$40.00

    4th Prize……………...$35.00

    5th Prize……………...$30.00

    Money will be awarded only on items in the premium list.  Prizes as shown above each class unless otherwise indicated.

    Articles in this department in order to command premiums must have been made by the exhibitors within the past two years.  All work must be completed.  No article can compete for more than one premium and only one entry can be made for each premium.


  • Afghans
  • Bedspreads
  • Baby Afghans
  • Doily/Centerpiece
  • Table Cloth
  • Garment
  • Baby Garment
  • Soft Pillow
  • Miscellaneous
  • Knitted

  • Afghans
  • Bedspreads
  • Baby Afghans
  • Garment
  • Soft Pillow
  • Baby Garment
  • Miscellaneous
  • Embroidered

  • Table Cloth
  • Tea Towel
  • Pillow Case
  • Doily/Dresser Scarf
  • Soft Pillow
  • Garment
  • Wall Hanging
  • Miscellaneous
  • Counted Cross-stitch

  • Garment
  • Wall Hanging
  • Ornament
  • Pillow
  • Miscellaneous
  • Appliqué

  • Garment
  • Pillow
  • Miscellaneous
  • Fabric Paint & Dye

  • Garment
  • Soft Pillow
  • Pillowcases
  • Wall Hanging
  • Miscellaneous
  • Quilts

  • Hand Quilt
  • Machine Quilt
  • Wall Hanging
  • Garment
  • Baby
  • Tied Quilt
  • Quilts made by Groups
  • Miscellaneous
  • Rugs

  • Braided
  • Crochett
  • Woven
  • Latch
  • Miscellaneous
  • Handcraft

  • Jewelry
  • Baskets
  • Leather
  • Metal
  • Beads
  • Paper
  • Dolls
  • Fabric
  • Nature
  • Pottery/Clay
  • Macrame
  • Miscellaneous
  • Recycled Item
  • Ceramics & Pottery

  • Original Piece
  • Glaze
  • Underglaze
  • Overglaze
  • Stain
  • Child's Work
  • Stain Draped Doll
  • China Painting

    Historical & Educational Displays



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    Junior Division

    Barb Shane, Superintendent

    We invite exhibits from children ages 8 and under.  Their exhibits will be interview judged on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Exhibitors will be broken up into the proper age division.  Age divisions are 3+ under, 4-6 year olds and 7-8 year olds. Entries are limited to five (5) per Junior. 

    Every junior will receive a ribbon and $.50 per entry. 

    All exhibits will remain until Saturday.  They may be picked on Saturday between 4:30 pm and 5:30 pm, unless superintendent selects a different time.

    1.   Tree Leaves (five), named & displayed on board
    2.   Posters
    3.   Three root crops
    4.   Three non-root crop vegetables
    5.   Three cut flowers, annual
    6.   Three cut flowers, perennial
    7.   Seed Picture
    8.   Sketch or Drawing
    9.   Miscellaneous Pictures
    10.   Painting
    11.   Puppet
    12.   Photo
    13.   Healthy Snack
    14.   Painted T-shirt or Sweatshirt
    15.   Plate of three cookies
    16.   Magnet
    17.   Nature Exhibit
    18.   Recycled Exhibit
    19.   Sewing Exhibit
    20.   Fine Art Exhibit
    21.   Fruit Exhibit
    22.   Wood Exhibit
    23.   Clay Exhibit
    24.   Beaded Exhibit
    25.   Lego Exhibit
    26.   Any other static exhibit listed in the open division

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    Open Beef Show

    Megan Gotschall,, Superintendent

    Print Waiver Here





    Pee Wee exhibitor and family are responsible for obtaining animal for showing.
    A waiver must be signed by the parents of the showman before they will be allowed into the ring. Showman may be asked questions on the microphone about the calf and about themselves.


    1.  AGE - Kids ages 3-8 years old are eligible to participate. (If you turned 8 after the 1st of January). Current 4-H and/ or FFA members are NOT able to participate            .
    2. Pee Wee classes will be held at the completion of the Beef Show.
    3. No entry fee required to participate in Pee Wee Showmanship Classes.
    4. Show halters, poly halters and other show equipment are to be used at the discretion of parent(s) or guardians of Pee Wee exhibitor.
    5. Adult supervision is REQUIRED in the show ring at time of Pee Wee Showmanship show           .
    6. Owner of the animal used may be present in the show ring if needed.
    7. Sign up will be at the Show Ring by noon on Friday 4th of Aug at the 4-H/FFA beef show.  Waivers will be available at that time          .  
    8. Beef superintendent reserves the right to deem any showman ineligible due to safety reasons.

    For more information contact

    Megan Gotschall 402-340-0162, gotschallultrasound@hotmail.com

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