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Judging Information

2015-2016 History Fair Judging Information

It is no exaggeration to say that the Manatee County History Fair would not be possible without our volunteer History Fair Judges, and we appreciate their service immensely. 

History Fair teaches invaluable skills that will serve students well in their academic and professional careers. Participation engages students, energizes their curriculum, promotes high academic standards, encourages literacy, teaches research skills and critical thinking, inspires curiosity, and activates civic engagement. This year’s theme is Rights and Responsibilities in History and we are sure to see many interesting projects! 


Manatee County History Fair is held in February. We will be utilizing the Manatee Village Historical Park and the Manatee County Fairgrounds again for portions of the judging activities. Judges may choose to participate in one or several categories. 


Please note: All judges must register in advance with Manatee County History Fair Staff to ensure proper division of judging assignments! If you are interested, please contact History Fair Coordinator, Melissa Porter at 741-4075 or to register. History Fair Judge Registration Forms are due no later than January 8, 2016.

The following is an annotated schedule of judging activities to give you an idea of what is involved in the judging process:


History Fair Judges' Registration Forms Due January 08, 2016 at Manatee Village Historical Park


History Fair Judges' Training Tuesday, January 19th, 10:00am-4:00pm and Saturday, January 23rd, 10:00am-4:00pm at Manatee Village Historical Park Click here for a schedule of each training day.

  • Training will be conducted in 1 hour sessions specific to each entry category.
  • Judges are NOT required to attend every session and stay all day.
  • Please attend the judging session(s) pertaining to the category that you would like to judge.
  • If you choose to attend all sessions and stay all day, please bring lunch as we will only have snacks available.
  • Each day is identical, so there is no need to attend both days.
Historical Papers and Websites Available for Judging Saturday, January 23rd, at Manatee Village Historical Park
  • Web Sites will be accessible online at and website judges will be emailed a list of web addresses to judge.
  • If you would like to view and judge websites at the Park, there is one computer available for your use by appointment.
  • All papers and judging sheets are due back to Manatee Village Historical Park by Thursday, February 4th.  

 Documentary and Performance Judging Saturday, February 6th, 9:00am
at Manatee Village Historical Park 

      • If you have not been to judges training, there will be a brief session at 8:00 am, prior to judging.
      • Judging for these projects will take place in several different locations around the Park.
      • Each project is allotted fifteen minutes for their presentation.
      • there are three judges assigned to each room.
      • Depending on the number of entries received in each category, we will try to keep the number of entries assigned to each room between five and ten.
      • For those attending Saturday there will be coffee and donuts to keep you nourished as you delve into the history presented to you by Manatee County students.
      • Please let us know you are coming so we have enough food for everyone.

    Exhibit Board Judging, Wednesday, February 10th, 9:00am at the Manatee County Fairgrounds
        • If you have not been to judges training, there will be a brief session at 8:00 AM, prior to judging.
        • Donuts and coffee will be provided.
        • Judges will be given a clipboard, with approximately 1 projects assigned to that clipboard.
        • Each exhibit board will be examined by at least two judges.
        • There is quite a bit of walking and standing involved with Exhibit Board judging.
        • Chairs will be provided for those who wish to use them.