Open Class General Rules

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Open Class General Rules

Important News

    • Entries open to all: All competitive exhibit departments are open to all US residents. Special Awards will be offered to Idaho Residents in the northern 10 counties.
    • Static exhibit entry fees: Exhibitors first 25 entries are subject to a $1 fee per entry. After 25 entries, there are no additional fees. Entry fees are charged to help offset the increased premiums. (Example: 2 entries equal $2, $25 entries equal $25 while 45 entries equal $25).
      • Entering more than 25 items?
        • Please email your entry form to to have your entry fee capped at $25.
    • Premiums: Static exhibit premiums have been increased as follows, $15.00 Grand Champion, $7.00 1st place, $5.00 2nd place, $3.00 3rd place.
    • Youth Awards: Youth points will now be calculated to go toward Jr. Green Thumb, Best Jr. Cook, and Premier Jr. Exhibitor.
    • Culinary: Best Cook Award - Must enter 7 of the 10 available divisions to be eligible
    • Open Class Livestock: open class livestock is back at the North Idaho State Fair! The expanded 10 day format offers new departments for cattle, sheep, dairy goats, boer goats, sheep, poultry and rabbits. Many departments with sanctioned events. Entry fees and premiums vary by species, see department and livestock rules for more information.
    • Various Departments: This year we are encouraging all community members to get involved without the nerves and intimidation that potential exhibitors may have, so we want to offer specific categories for exhibitors with special needs, disabilities, or other circumstances as well as first-time exhibitors. You can register in these categories when updating your personal information. The fairgrounds and superintendents will not request additional information, but trust that exhibitors are mindful and honest when entering.
    • Fair Theme: Find the theme logo throughout the Exhibitor’s Handbook to take part in theme related Special Contests! This year’s theme is the There’s Magic in the Fair!

Enter online or submit an entry form!

Online Entry

Online Entry

Click here to enter any open class department online .
Pre-Entry Deadline August 2, 2021.
Open Class Entry Form

Open Class Entry Form

Entry form for all static open class exhibits.
To submit: mail, fax or to drop off to the office by 5 pm August 2, 2021.
Form can also be submitted on entry day.
Awards and Premiums

Awards and Premiums

Click here to see awards offered for these departments and the cash premiums available! 
Competitive Exhibits Calendar

Competitive Exhibits Calendar

Click here to download the full calendar for all Competitive Exhibits. 

Entry Deadlines

Online: Monday, Aug. 2

Entry Days:

  • Quilts: Thursday, Aug. 5 from 2 pm – 7 pm
  • Non-perishables: Monday & Tuesday, Aug. 9 – 10 from 2 pm to 7 pm
  • Culinary perishables: Wednesday, Aug. 18 from Noon to 7 pm
  • Fruits, Vegetables & Honey: Thursday, Aug. 19 from 7 am - 12 pm and 1 pm - 7 pm
  • Friday Flowers: Thursday, Aug. 19 from 7 am - 12 pm
  • Wednesday Flowers: Wednesday, Aug. 25 from 7 am to 10 am - Enter arena gate – No green gate access

Exhibitor Handbook Distribution

Be sure to check out these local businesses and pick up an Exhibitor Handbook after June 1!

Coeur d' Alene Library
Community Library Network: Hayden and Rathdrum locations
Super 1: Coeur d' Alene, Hayden, Post Falls, and Rathdrum locations

2021 Exhibits Map

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