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Obtaining judges for your school/county fair:

Ask teachers from another school in your county or from a neighboring system.

It's likely that they will also need judges, and you can volunteer your time in exchange.

Ask local biomedical professionals such as doctors, veterinarians, pharmacists, etc.

Ask business leaders/professionals, such as bank officials, small business owners, attorneys, etc.

Do you have government agencies with offices in your community?
TWRA, Department of Forestry, NRCS, Agriculture Extension Office, Health Department, TDEC, etc. all have highly qualified professionals that would make excellent judges.

Ask some of your own recent graduates who are enrolled in college for education, science, math, or engineering.
It is especially easy to attract education majors with the possibility of adding another school-related extracurricular activity to a resume!
If you have practicum or residency students from TTU, ask them!
Again, it is very beneficial for pre-service teachers to add volunteer activities to their resumes.
For elementary science fairs, it could be possible to ask high school students to judge some of the lower grade-level projects.
Ask your high school science teachers to pass the opportunity along to their BEST science students.

Things to Consider

When you are involving your community members, you may have some hesitations or concerns from possible perceptions and/or accusations of persons "playing favorites" or family ties.

In order to provide the best judging, any individual judge should not be asked to look at more than 30 boards.

REMEMBER – your students' projects should NOT display names or recognizable pictures of the students.

Photos should be of the project, not the student. If it's necessary to include the student it should be as anonymous as possible (only show hands, etc.).

You can still allow family members to judge projects - simply ask them to judge a different grade level or category from the one their family members have entered.