4-H fairs to offer virtual options, as in-person showcases may look different


VIGO Co., Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Vigo County 4-H officials announced Wednesday that this year’s fair will be virtual due to COVID-19.

Addie Moeller is a 10th year 4-H member.

She said while she’s disappointed she won’t showcase in person one last time at the Vigo County Fair this summer, she understands why.

“It is upsetting to me that I won’t be able to complete my last year of 4-H. But at the same time, I think the necessary precautions are being made to keep us safe,” Moeller said.

Leaders with the Vigo County 4-H program said cancelling in person showcases wasn’t an easy choice to make, but they’re finding ways to make it work.

“For our fair, it’s going to be pictures of exhibits. We’re hoping to put really nice videos to showcase the work the kids have done. We don’t want them to go without the recognition of all the hard work they put into their projects this year,” Said Tabby Flinn, with Vigo County 4-H.

Other counties with 4-H showcases at their fairs, llike Sullivan and Knox are still figuring out what to do. However, they are offering a virtual option for those who may not be comfortable meeting in person.

Greene County Fairgrounds will be closed to the public, only allowing 4-H members, their families and Purdue Extension employees to be on site.

Livestreams will take place for loved ones to watch. There will also be no overnight stays.

Brooke Stefancik with the Sullivan County Purdue Extension said many things are being taken into consideration.

“Is it financially and logistically possible for us to have an in-person fair following the guidelines of both the governor and Purdue university?” she said.

Mitch Wagoner of the Knox County Purdue Extension is also taking details into consideration.

“Can we be able to sanitize? Can we be able to disinfect? Do we have the space to be able to do social distancing?” he said.

No official decisions have been made about how the county fair boards will proceed.

The Wabash Valley Fair Association is expected to make an announcement on May 27.

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