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Virtual 4-H Fair Exhibit Tips

May 22, 2020
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Please see the attached document for 4-H Virtual Fair Exhibit Tips.


After much thought and discussion, the 2020 Harrison County 4-H Fair will not be held in person due to our concerns that this would jeopardize the safety of our 4-H members and volunteers. Please know that this decision was not made lightly. There were many hours of discussion and what-if scenarios. I thank each 4-H Council member, superintendent, and Harrison County Agriculture Society member who shared concerns and offered solutions to this situation.  In the end, your leaders decided that a virtual fair is the best plan moving forward for our community and 4-H program.

With requirements to enforce social distancing,  personal protective equipment including face coverings, temperature checks, and comprehensive tracking of everyone who is on the fairgrounds, the 4-H Council felt that it would be impossible to comply with requirements and ensure safety of those in attendance. In addition, we are working with the uncertainty of the fairground’s availability due to the Covid-19 testing taking place at that location, and the uncertainty of our area successfully reaching stage 5 of the Indiana Back On Track plan by that time. 

We will be holding a virtual fair for all 4-H projects.  Submissions that include videos and photos will be due on FairEntry.com on July 1.   We will be hosting a 4-H Virtual Premium Auction as well.  More information will be shared by the Purdue Extension - Harrison County Office as plans are finalized.

While the loss of a face-to-face event is disappointing, we hope our 4-H family will focus on positivity as we move forward with a virtual fair. More information and detailed instructions will be sent to members in the coming days. Thank you for your patience as we move forward with these plans.  We WILL showcase our youth efforts to our community this year, and we are working very hard to ensure we celebrate the many hours of learning and work they have completed in the best way we can. We WILL honor our seniors as best we can, and celebrate their achievements. I look forward to our display of 4-H resiliency and determination as we move forward.

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