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Judging Information

2017-2018 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 Wednesday, January 24th, 10:00am-11:30amand Saturday, January 27th, 10:00am-11:30 am at Manatee Village Historical Park. Each day is identical, so there is no need to attend both days.

Historical Papers and Websites Available for Judging Monday, January 30th, 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 Friday, February 9th.  

 Documentary and Performance Judging Saturday, February 10th, 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.
      • 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.        

Exhibit Board Judging, Wednesday, February 14th, 9:30am at the Manatee County Fairgrounds    

        • If you have not been to judges training, there will be a brief session at 9:00 AM, prior to judging.
        • Judges will be given a clipboard, with approximately 10 projects assigned to that clipboard.
        • Each exhibit board will be examined by three 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.