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Spelling Bee Rules

KANSAS STATE FAIR
OFFICIAL SPELLING BEE RULES
Encampment Building
Written Exam Beginning at 9:00 AM

1. Participants must qualify under two basic requirements: a). They must have passed second grade and must not have passed beyond the eighth grade at the time of the Kansas State Fair contest. b). They must not have reached their 16th birthday on or before the Kansas State Fair contest.

2. The Kansas State Fair Spelling Bee will begin with a written competition consisting of thirty (30) words for each age category. The top ten percent (minimum of ten people) with correctly spelled words will advance to the Oral Spelling Bee. The Oral competition will include elimination on a “miss and out” basis. All written exams become the property of the Kansas State Fair.

3. Participants should be registered by September 8, 2017 to participate in the event.

4. All contestants will need to check in at the registration area by 9:00 for instructions. All contestants will be required to present a gate admission ticket to enter the Fairgrounds. If you wish to bring your entire class to experience the Fair on Monday, you may want to suggest that each child bring a Dillon’s card to receive free admission.

5. Words used for the Kansas State Fair contest shall be selected from Webster’s Third New International Dictionary and its Addenda Section, copyright 2002 Merriam-Webster Inc.

6. Words shall be pronounced according to the diacritical markings in Webster’s Third New International Dictionary and its Addenda Section, from which the pronouncer shall select the given definition or definitions. With approval of the judges, the pronouncer may give a fuller explanation of the meaning of the word to supplement the dictionary definition or definitions quoted.

7. In competition, after the pronouncer gives the contestant a word, the contestant may as a point of personal preference also pronounce the word before spelling it, after spelling it, or not at all.

8. The contestant may request the pronouncer to pronounce the word again, define it, or use it in a sentence. The contestant may ask for the language origin of the word, the pronouncer shall grant such requests until the judges agree that the word has been made reasonably clear to the contestant. Judges may disqualify any contestant who ignores a request to start spelling.

9. Having started to spell a word, a contestant shall not be permitted to change letters already pronounced. The contestant may stop and start again with the first letter of the word, provided the letters and their sequence are not changed from the first attempt.

10. Upon missing the spelling of a word, a contestant drops out of the contest. The next word on the pronouncer’s list is given to the next contestant.

11. When the competition is down to two spellers, the procedures changes. At that point, when one contestant misspells a word, the other contestant shall be given an opportunity to spell that same word. If the second contestant spells that word correctly and also spells the next word on the pronouncer’s list then that speller will be declared the Kansas State Fair Champion.

12. If one of the last two spellers misses and the other, after correcting the error, misspells the new word from the pronouncer, then the new misspelled word shall be referred to the first speller. If the first speller corrects that word, and then spells the next word on the pronouncer’s list, then that speller shall be declared the champion.

13. If both spellers misspell the same word, both shall continue in the contest and the one who first misspelled the word shall be given a new word to spell.

14. Webster’s Third New International Dictionary and its Addenda Section, copyright 2002, shall serve as the final authority for the spellings of words. Spellings have archaic, obsolete and regional labels will not be accepted as correct.

15. If a word has one or more homonyms, the pronouncer will indicate which of them is to be spelled.

16. Any question relating to the spelling of a word should be referred to the judges immediately. The deadline for making a protest is before the contestant affected would have been given another word to spell had the contestant remained in the contest. No protest will be entertained after that word has been given to another speller. When only two spellers remain, a protest must be made immediately before the second speller has started to spell the word given by the pronouncer, or if both have missed the same word, before the correct spelling is given to the audience.

17. Judges and the Organizing Committee are in complete control of the Spelling Bee. Their decisions shall be final on all questions.

18. The individual results of the written exam become the property of the Kansas State Fair
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