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Monroe County Fair VIQRC Full Volume MI Kickoff

Blended VIQRC ES/MS Michigan Region 3 Qualifier

5-Aug-2023 Add to Calendar
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VEX IQ Robotics Competition
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Max Registrations per Organization
Early-Bird Registration Opens
19-Jun-2023 16:00 EDT
Standard Registration Opens
24-Jun-2023 16:00 EDT
Registration Deadline
2-Aug-2023 16:00 EDT
This event is closed to registration because:
  • It is past the registration deadline.

General Info

Welcome to: The Monroe County Fair “Full Volume” VIQRC MI Kickoff.

The Monroe County Fair event will be operating for the eighth time. This is the kickoff event for MI VIQRC tournament competitions. Did you know that over 80% of the teams attending the Monroe County Fair event go on to compete in respective state championships? Teams also move to other championships establishing abilities in head-to-head competitions. Watch this space for updates as they become available. This is the first stop on the way to the 2024 World Championship in Dallas TX.   

Admission to the fair (for the team members and one mentor/coach) is included with the team registration.   Our event ends by 4:00 p.m., and the fair is open 'til 11:00 p.m.    For more about the fair schedule see this page:    Unlimited rides on the midway is $30.


Registration Information

All participating teams must be registered with VEX Robotics and the Robot Events website and have an official team number before registering for this event. Tournament fees must be paid before teams are allowed to compete. Registration and payments should be made through the Robot Events website.

Engineering notebooks

We will be collecting Physical engineering notebooks at this event for judging.

Lunch and Concessions

It's the fair!   From chili-cheese fries to cotton candy, corn dogs to elephant ears, there are food vendors of all types.  Feel free to bring your own, too, as there are no restrictions on "outside food."

Elimination Matches

Up to 24 teams will participate in elimination matches.  All elimination matches will be best of 1

Competition Preparation

All teams should come prepared for competition. Here are a few steps that every team should take to ensure that they are prepared.

Review all game information:

  1. Review the rules and run through the inspection checklist about a week before the competition so that there is ample time for adjustments. Robots must use VEX IQ parts. Please self inspect before arriving at the tournament using the Full Volume Robot Inspection Checklist

  2. Check the official VEX forums for rule updates and changes.

  3. Carefully read all of the information contained in the tournament posting on

  4. Pack for the event the day before the day of departure. Here are a few items that you don't want to forget.

    • Spare parts & tools

    • Batteries and chargers

    • Power strip and extension cord

    • Laptop computer

    • Programming cable

    • Engineering notebook (Required for judged awards)

    • Banners and other decorations for your team pit table

    • Giveaways if you have them

  5. Be sure to read 101 Things You Should Know Before Your First VEX Tournament.

  6. Review the descriptions and criteria for the awards that are being given during the tournament.

  7. Prep for your interviews with the judges and read the Judge's Guide. Check the awards tab to see what awards will be given during the tournament.

  8. Remember that safety comes first, please don't bring tools that pose a safety risk to your team, or others nearby, as teams are close to each other in the venue pit area. Also, remember no grinding or other actions that create sparks, ask the tournament director for a safe location if grinding is needed.

  9. Ensure that you have the latest version of programming software and firmware for your IQ Brain.

Participation and Consent Form

A completed form for all participants must be uploaded to prior to the tournament. Team leaders will need to check that all team members attending the event have completed the online consent form prior to the tournament. Instructions on how to upload consent forms is given here: VEX Consent Form (English) 

See you soon.

Have a VEXellent day

Mike Mohn

3547/MCCC Team Virus VEX Robotics

Mentor, Event organizer

E mail [email protected]

Grade Level: All

Skills Challenge Offered: Yes

Judging Format: All In-Person Judging

Event Dates & Locations

Date: 5-Aug-2023

Monroe County Fair
3775 Custer Road
Monroe, Michigan 48161
United States

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7:00a.m.-9:00 a.m.Teams Arrive

Teams arrive using the MBT building entrance (B-Gate) on the corner of Custer and Raisinville. They will get the entry passes (unless already received by email) and move into the competition area through B-gate. Teams can be off-loaded and then drivers will proceed through the fairgrounds to D-gate (a map will be provided), get hand stamp for re-entry, and proceed to parking.

Teams arriving after 9:00 a.m. will need to arrive at Customer lot and walk in with robot and all equipment in through the fair. 

7:00-11:00 Inspection and skills are open as soon as teams arrive.  Teams can run skills on the competition field(s) until opening ceremonies.

11:00 a.m. (approximately) opening ceremonies.  National Anthem plays throughout the fairgrounds on the PA system.

11:15 a.m. Qualification matches begin

1:30 p.m.Lunch.   Continue Skills on competition field(s) if needed.

2:00 p.m Elimination matches begin

3:30 p.m. Awards

4:00 p.m. Clean-up and good-bye. Teams may bring vehicles onto the grounds between 5 and 6 (or walk out with stuff earlier).

Schedule is subject to change


Contact [email protected] should you wish to volunteer.

Emergency/Bad Weather Policy

All reasonable efforts will be made to inform teams of any cancellations due to inclement weather. Refunds will be given in event of cancellation.

Please contact me if weather is a concern and please monitor the event status on Robot Cancellations will be posted there.

Refund and Payment Policies

Full refunds will be granted in the event of a cancellation due inclement weather.   
Refunds minus $5 RECF fee if coach cancels before event day. 
No refunds for no-shows on event day.

Date: 5-Aug-2023
Monroe County Fair
3775 Custer Road
Monroe, Michigan 48161
United States

Travel Info

From U.S. 23

Take the M-50 exit at Dundee. Take M-50 (also known as South Custer Road) east approximately 12 miles. The fairground entrance is on the right just past Raisinville Road.

From I-75

Exit at LaPlaisance Road, Exit 11. Go west to Dunbar Road. Turn left on Dunbar, going about 7-10 miles to Raisinville Road, where you turn right. Continue north on Raisinville to South Custer Road.  Turn right, and the entrance to the fairgrounds is on the right.

Important:  Event Map and Robot Drop-Off Instructions:


No webcast available

Judging Format


  •   In-Person Judging - The Team Interviews and Engineering Notebooks will be judged in-person the day of the event. Teams should bring a physical copy of their notebook to submit to the judges.