to be virtual
The good news is — there will be a 2020 Switzerland County 4-H Fair.
It’s just going to look a lot different than fairs in the past.
After considering the limitations that Purdue Extension has put on fairs around the state that are scheduled for July, in a meeting Monday night the Switzerland County Fairboard made the decision that this year’s fair will go on.
Kyle Weaver, Purdue Extension Educator for Switzerland County, said that this year’s fair will be virtual in all aspects, and that the office is already working on the technology to make the fair as positive an experience for 4-H members as possible while adhering to COVID-19 guidelines.
“We made our decision that it’s going to be a virtual fair this year,” Weaver said. “It will be virtual for all exhibit hall projects and all animal projects. What that means is that they are going to be sending in pictures of their animals and pictures of their exhibit hall projects; and we’ll upload them to our online system here, and they will be judged virtually from an outside judge.”
Weaver said that once the projects are judged, all projects will be put on display through extension’s social media outlets, through YouTube and other ways to announce and celebrate the results of that judging.
So the traditional, structured fair as county residents have come to know it won’t happen in 2020, but the virtual fair allows students to create their projects and have them judged. Weaver said that county exhibitors will still have the opportunity to take their projects to the Indiana State Fair for judging, but at this time no one knows if the State Fair will be a traditional fair or if it will also be virtual.
“We’re just changing the way the fair looks,” Weaver said. “The fair is still going to happen at the same time, it’s just going to look differently. People won’t be on the grounds, but there will be a fair happening, virtually.”
And there will not be a livestock auction.
“There will be no auction this year,” he said. “Animal projects will still be able to go to the State Fair.”
This year’s virtual Switzerland County 4-H Fair will be held from July 4th-11th, and everyone will be able to log onto social media outlets and see all of the projects of the fair going on throughout the week.