Animals at the county fair.

Dear Exhibitor,

The Hamilton County 4-H Fair is scheduled for July 21—25, 2016; (Auction July 26, 2016). The Hamilton County Exhibition Center will be the location for many Extension and 4-H events and activities.  The  4-H Fair Office is also located in this facility. 

  • The Commercial Tent will be south of the Hamilton County Exhibition Center.
  • Outside exhibitors (farm equipment, cars, etc.) will be east of the Commercial Tent.
  • The Food Court will be in the grassy area south of the Winks Building and west of the   Annex Building and Exhibition Center.
  • The Antique Tractor display area will be southeast of the Commercial Tent.
  • There will be an access road which can be used to drive to the display area(s) DAILY for unloading and/or loading only.  There will be no parking in this area during the fair. Disabled/handicap parking will be located on the east side of the Annex Building and Exhibition Center in the main parking lot.
  • All other parking will be in the grassy area on the south side of the 4-H Fairgrounds.

Reservations and rental fees are now being taken for commercial display space at the 2016 Hamilton County 4-H Fair, July 21-25, 2016. If the same location is desired, preference will be given to 2015 Commercial  Exhibitors who return their application and rental fee by April 15.  After April 15, spaces will be assigned on the basis of first contract returned and so forth.  The 4-H Council reserves the right to assign commercial spaces. No contract will be accepted after July 15, 2016.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION - Commercial exhibitors need to furnish their own table, chairs, etc. to use in their space.  If a location  is needed to hang a banner, please request an outside perimeter space. Also, the Hamilton County 4-H Council, Inc. has adopted a policy that no knives, firearms, combustible materials, drug or alcohol products/advertisements, spray string, noise makers or balloons may be used as part of a display, given away and/or sold at the Hamilton County 4-H Fair.

COMMERCIAL TENT spaces are approximately 10' wide and 12' deep at $190.00 per space.  Small lawn and garden equipment may be displayed in the commercial tent if the purchased space is located in a corner or along the perimeter of the tent.  No animals may be displayed in the commercial tent.  No ready-to-consume foods are to be sold in the commercial area. 

OUTSIDE DISPLAY AREAS (Not Food Court)The Commercial Tent Committee will assign locations in the commercial area based on the size and set-up of the display.  Fees are determined by size of area reserved.  The fees and area sizes are as follows: 

20' x 20' - $180.00
20' x 30' - $195.00
30' x 40' - $220.00
40’ x 40’ - $230.00
40' x 50' - $255.00


4-H/Extension related group                 20’ x 20’ - $180.00

Non 4-H/Extension related group         20’ x 20’ - $285.00

CANCELLATION CLAUSE - If you cancel your rental, your rental fee will be refunded only if your space(s) can be rented to another renter before 8:00 a.m. on Friday, July 15, 2016. Otherwise, your fee will not be refunded.

The 4-H Council requests that commercial areas be staffed during  the following hours:

Thursday, July 21, 10:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Friday, July 22, 10:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 23, 10:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 24, 12:00 noon  - 7:00 p.m.

Food Court Vendors have the option to arrive earlier and stay later each day. Food court  vendors have the option to open on Wednesday, July 20, for livestock check-in and various pre-fair activities.  Suggested hours would be 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m.  Food Court vendors are also requested to remain open on Monday, July 25 from 12:00 noon—7:00 p.m. and Tuesday, July 26, for the Livestock Auction.  Suggested hours would be 4:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Commercial exhibitors may set up their display on Wednesday July 20 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. or Thursday, July 21, before 10:00 a.m.  ALL DISPLAYS MAY BE REMOVED FROM THE TENT ON MONDAY, JULY 25 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Electrical wiring will be removed on Tuesday, July 26 and the tents will be taken down on Wednesday, July 27.  All vendors will clear the 4-H Fairgrounds of all trailers, machinery, equipment, etc. by Sunday, July 31, 2016 or equipment will be towed at owner’s expense. There will be no further notification of these dates and times to remove your display.

SECURITY- will be provided from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 a.m. every day, beginning July 20. Security on Sunday, July 24 will be provided until 12:00 noon. Security will end at 12:00 noon on Monday, July 25, 2016 in the commercial area ONLY.

INSURANCE - Exhibitors assume liability for any loss arising from your activities in the     Commercial Tent and/or Outside Display Areas, and will indemnify the Hamilton County 4-H Council, Inc. from any liability for such loss.  Each exhibitor must have a CERTIFICATE OF INSURANCE on file with the Hamilton County 4-H Council, Inc. - THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS.

The certificate should show Comprehensive General Liability coverage, including products, with the following limits:

Bodily Injury Per Person $100,000
Per Occurrence $300,000
Property Damage $50,000 

Generally, there is no cost involved in obtaining a Certificate of Insurance.  Homeowners insurance may not cover craft items or in home businesses but a rider could be added to the policy.  Please contact your insurance company and ask them to send the 4-H Council a Certificate of Insurance before July 6th. You will not be allowed to set up your display unless the Certificate of Insurance is on file.  The Hamilton County 4-H Council, Inc. will not be responsible for lost, stolen or damaged property and will not assume any liability or responsibility for any display or part of a display in the Commercial Tent. 

ELECTRICITY - Each commercial display area will have access to one 110 volt electrical outlet with 500 watts (4.5 amps).  Any other voltage and/or higher amps needed above this  basic service will require extra wiring by the 4-H Fairgrounds electrician.  The vendor requesting the additional service must pay a charge of $30.00 for each additional circuit installed. The Commercial Tent Committee will need to know of these extra service requests by July 8, 2016 in order to forward requests to the electrician.  Any requests received after that date will be assessed a $15.00 late fee in addition to the regular charge.  No squirrel cage furnace fans will be allowed.  Exhibitors will need to furnish their own extension cords (unless it is over 50 ft. to the outlet source).

All receptacles are ground fault protected to comply with National and local electrical codes.  All appliances/equipment must have 3-wire grounded cord and may be inspected by the 4-H Grounds Electrician at the option of the Commercial Tent Committee.  If any appliance/equipment causes the circuit to be interrupted repeatedly, the vendor will be asked to repair, replace or remove that piece of equipment.

Call the Extension Office (317 776-0854) and ask for Bernie if you have questions. The 4-H Council hopes the 2016 Hamilton County 4-H Fair will be very successful for you.