County Fair registration deadline approachingPublished 4:06pm Sunday, June 24, 2012
The deadline for registration of small animals to be exhibited at the 2012 Berrien County Youth Fair is July 1.
Small animals include rabbits, pocket pets, poultry, dogs, and cats. A photo of cats and dogs shown at the fair must be provided at registration with the name of the animal. As a reminder, exhibitor handbooks and entry forms are available at the Berrien County Youth Fair, all Berrien County Public libraries, the Berrien County 4-H Office, Baroda City Mills, Brunke Small Engine and H.F.S. in Baroda; Buchanan Feed Mill and Country Heritage Credit Union in Buchanan; Berrien County Farm Bureau in Berrien Springs; Red & White Feed and Family Farm and Home in Benton Harbor; Tractor Supply Company and Rural King in Niles; Watervliet Fruit Exchange in Watervliet; Seifert’s Farm Supply in Three Oaks and Bridgman Feed Store in Bridgman. Exhibitor handbooks are also available online at www.bcyf.org.
Registration is open to any Berrien County resident, ages 5 to 20 years of age.
The exhibitor age is as of Jan. 1, 2012. Entry forms may be turned in any time up to the appropriate deadline date. Entry forms may be brought to the Fair office between the hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday on or before July 1st; postmarked on or before July 1st; or placed in the drop box outside the Fair office after office hours until midnight on July 1st. The Fair Office will be open from 9 a.m. to Noon on Saturday, June 30th to accept entries, but exhibitors are encouraged to get their registrations in early.
Other upcoming deadlines include the Berrien County Youth Fair King and Queen contest which is open to current BCYF exhibitors ages 16-20. The King and Queen contest deadline is July 1st.
Registration for all still exhibit areas (crafts, flowers, horticulture, and home economics) is Aug. 1, as well as the BCYF Prince and Princess contest registration (which is open to exhibitors ages 9-12).
Registration for still exhibits are open to Berrien County residents, ages 5 to 20 years of age. No late entries will be accepted. Questions can be addressed by contacting the Fair office at (269) 473-4251. Berrien County Youth Fair dates are August 13-18 with the theme, “Where Magic Happens.”