Complaints/Appeals Process

Any exhibitor may file a written complaint regarding any of the following:

Exhibitors may not file a complaint or appeal on judging results. All judging results are final.

The procedure for filing such a complaint/appeal shall be:

  1. In accordance with the annual appropriations act, exhibitors are allowed to file a written complaint within 10 days after the end of the fair dropped off at the Fair Office or by mailing it to the Otsego County Fair, P.O. Box 500, Gaylord, MI 49734-0500, accompanied by a complaint fee of $25.00, which is non-refundable.
  2. The exhibitor will be notified in writing by the Otsego County Fair of receipt of his/her complaint/appeal.
  3. The complaint /appeals committee shall consist of the Executive Board and the Area Superintendent/Chairperson of the Otsego County Fair.
  4. The committee shall meet to review all written complaints/appeals within 15 days of receipt.
  5. The committee shall investigate on a per case basis by contacting all parties involved to ask questions and clarify details of the stories, as well as reviewing rules and pertinent documentation.
  6. The committee shall meet within 15 days of the review meeting to discuss information obtained through the investigation process and will make a final decision regarding the complaint/appeal. The exhibitor will be notified in writing of the committee's decision within 5 days of this meeting.
  7. The exhibitor may make an appeal to the Michigan Department of Agriculture, Department of Fairs, Exhibitions, and Racing, P.O. Box 30017, Lansing, MI 48909 within 45 days of filing the initial complaint/appeal if the exhibitor is not satisfied with the Otsego County Fair's decision. The department shall have 60 days after receipt of any appropriately filed complaint/appeal to investigate the complaint/appeal, and shall issue a finding of fact and notice of department action and pay recommended actions for the Otsego County Fair.

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