Virtual fair available for 4-H members

Kids across the country faced disappointment this summer as county and state fairs were cancelled due to COVID-19. Many 4-H projects were already completed before the news came.

Olivia Harrington of Milo, Iowa, is 13 years old and just finished  seventh grade. As a member of the Belmont Badgers 4-H club, she spent a lot of time on her projects this year, including clothing, sewing, visual arts, photography, home improvement, and woodworking.

Harrington would’ve spent this past week displaying her projects and competing at the Warren County Fair, but the in-person shows other than those for livestock were cancelled. Warren County did offer students a chance to compete in a different way this year, by dropping off their exhibits or a photo of their exhibits and their project goals sheets at the local Extension office. Projects were judged and winners announced in an online slideshow.

“Since most of my summer activities were cancelled, I had more time to do bigger, more complicated 4-H projects,” Harrington says. “I did miss going to the Warren County Fair and the direct feedback of in-person judging.”

Harrington earned several blue and red ribbons, plus the Outstanding Intermediate award for clothing selection. One of her photos was selected for a creative arts tour and state fair consideration, and the dresser she refurbished was also selected for virtual state fair judging and the virtual tour.

Virtual Fair Offered for all 4-H Members

Now 4-H members like Harrington –- whether they had the opportunity to compete at local fairs or not –- have another way to be recognized for their hard work.

Insurance provider Crop Risk Services (CRS) is holding a virtual fair, where 4-H projects can be submitted online and shared across CRS Facebook and Instagram channels. 

Entries are being accepted now through August 20, when they will be judged by a panel of CRS employees. CRS will donate $50 per completed project, up to $25,000, to the 4-H FOURWARD Fund, which provides educational resources to families in need.

Click here for an entry form and to learn more about the virtual fair.

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