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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 ¨C- whether they had the opportunity to compete at local fairs or not ¨C- 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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