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Project Size and Display Safety Regulations

Display Dimensions and materials - Maximum dimensions for projects, including backboards, are 0.8 metres from front to back, 1.2 metres from side to side, 2.0 metres high. No oversized projects will be accepted for entry unless it has been given approval in advance by the Western Manitoba Science Fair Committee. An approved oversized project is to have a backboard that does not exceed regulation size. 

Exhibits should be durable, with moving parts securely fastened and safe. Self-supporting backboards are to be furnished by the exhibitors. Paper on backboards should be securely applied so there are minimal air pockets behind the paper. Overlapping or loose sheets of paper should be stored in a data book. 

Fire Safety - Local fire regulations must be followed. Operation of an open flame, candle, torch or heating device is not permitted. 

Chemical Safety - The following materials may not be displayed: Flammable, toxic, or dangerous chemicals, prescription drugs or over the counter medications, compressed gas cylinders. Photos or empty containers of these prohibited items may be used instead. 

Electrical Safety - All cords, power bars, lighting and other electrical devices must be CSA approved. No exposed live parts are allowed. Wet cells are not allowed because of the hazardous chemicals involved. Dry cell batteries are permitted. Please contact us at if you have constructed an electrical device that you want to display. 

Firearms, Hazardous Equipment - No firearms or ammunition are allowed at the fair. Experiments using firearms must be carried out in accordance with federal and provincial legislation. Lasers, radioisotopes and x-ray or radiation producing apparatus may not be displayed. High voltage apparatus capable of generating in excess of 10kV is considered an x-ray hazard.

Biohazards - Biological hazards, including live cultured bacteria, cells and tissues, or any material which may decompose are suitable for research under controlled laboratory conditions, but may not be displayed at the fair. Simulations (must be labeled ‘simulated’) or pictures may be displayed. Live plants can not be brought to the fair. Example: Displaying pictures of plant growth cycle is proper; bringing the actual plants is not allowed. 

Animals and Animal Parts - Living vertebrate animals are not to be used in experiments with the following exceptions: observations of normal living patterns of wild animals in the free living state or in zoological parks, gardens or aquaria, and observation of pets, fish or domestic animals. No live animals, mounted specimens or animal parts may be displayed at the fair.

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