The Entry Deadline has no effect on when anyone can or cannot visit the online entries website.
It only prevents the creation of new entries after a given time.
- The Entry Deadline field in the divisions menu (format of ##/##/## #:## PM or AM) determines the cutoff time of when the public can no longer
create entries under that division. If the time/hour is left off of the deadline (only a date is entered) then the time assumed is 11:59pm of the given date. For example, an entry deadline of 8/4/12 would mean that entries can be created up until 11:59pm on 8/4/12 (late at night, on your time zone). An entry deadline of 8/4/12 5:00 PM would mean that entries could be created up through 8/4/12 at 4:59 PM.
- The online entries website is enabled until Gladstone closes the session at the end of the month in which you (the fair) has specified that you no longer need the site, however up until this time, you (the fair) controls when to
disable/enable the entire site.
The above two considerations mean that it is possible for an exhibitor to create and entry before the deadline but instead of checking out, they could
save their cart and return at a later time, even after the Entry Deadline as long as the site is enabled to submit their cart (complete the transaction). If you do not want the visitor to be able to submit a saved cart, you must disable the entire site (manually in ShoWorks, select “Disable”), at which point, no one can enter the site - including the fair administrator. However the
fair can always download entries even if the site is disabled, up until Gladstone closes the session.