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Cen-Tex History Fair Rules/Additional Rules for Participants

  • To be eligible for advancement and awards, all student participants must be present at the Cen-Tex History Fair to answer judges’ questions. Exceptional circumstances will be considered at the sole discretion of the Cen-Tex History Fair coordinator upon reasonable notice prior to the fair.
  • Each school may sponsor up to five (5) project entries for each of the group and individual categories (i.e., 5 papers, 5 group exhibits, 5 individual exhibits, etc.). Any ties which would cause a school to exceed this 5-entry limit per category must be resolved at the school level.
  • For home schooled students, a home school organization or co-op will hold a fair to determine the students who will advance to the Cen-Tex Fair. Each organization/co-op may sponsor up to five (5) project entries for each of the group and individual categories (i.e., 5 papers, 5 group exhibits, 5 individual exhibits, etc.). Any ties which would cause a home school organization/co-op to exceed this 5-entry limit per category must be resolved at the organization/co-op level.
  • Home schooled students who are not members of a home school organization or co-op will enter the history fair of the nearest public or private school in your district and compete in that fair for advancement to the Cen-Tex History Fair.
  • Students must operate and set up their own media, exhibits, and props as specified in the National History Day Contest Rule Book.
  • Students must bring four (4) copies of the written materials required by the National History Day rules (i.e., process paper and annotated bibliography) to the Cen-Tex History Fair.
  • All registration materials and fees must be submitted to the Cen-Tex History Fair. Registration information, dates, deadlines, fees, and other information will be posted on the LBJ Library and Museum website at www.lbjlib.utexas.ed. This information will be posted in early January.
  • Students must read and follow all rules contained in the National History Day Contest Rule Book.
  • Special rules for students entering the Historical Paper and Website categories:
  • Historical Papers and Websites will be submitted before the Cen-Tex History Fair (approximately 2-3 weeks).
  • Students must be prepared to be interviewed at the Cen-Tex History Fair if they are finalists. Finalists will be notified of their selection prior to the fair.
  • Students writing Historical Papers must submit four (4) copies of their papers and annotated bibliographies with their registration materials and fees.
  • Students creating Websites must submit one (1) copy of their annotated bibliographies with their registration materials and fees. The annotated bibliographies may be sent as attachments via email to marsha@lbjlibrary.net. The “subject” of the email should give the name of the website and indicate that it is an annotated bibliography. (i.e., THE LIGHT BULB—annotated bibliography).