Dearborn County June 4-H Fair goes virtual
From: Liz Beiersdorfer, Dearborn County 4-H youth development educator:
The COVID-19 pandemic will not deter the Dearborn County 4-H youth from completing their projects this year. 4-H prepares youth for life by offering opportunities to belong, to gain mastery, to become independent and to become community minded. What better way to prepare youth for the future, than by teaching them how to positively navigate challenges of difficult real-life problems.
4-H programming provides opportunities for youth to practice a variety of life skills as they participate in club meetings, local, regional and state activities and trips, workshops, events, community service projects, presenting demonstrations and presenting projects to judges for evaluation. This year perseverance, creativity, courage, compassion, community and resiliency are life skills that come to mind quickly.
Without the face-to-face event, the Dearborn County Fair will not look the same as in years past with bright lights from carnival rides, tempting smells of fair food, fun family events, project and livestock exhibition. Yet recognition of 4-H members’ hard work and project accomplishments will continue as usual, bringing a sense of closure for our youth through the virtual judging of projects.
Project results will be shared with the public through local news media. Pictures of exhibits will be organized into a photo gallery to be uploaded to the Dearborn County 4-H web page in July or August. The 4-H board of directors will recognize 4-H members in their last year of 4-H publicly; pictures will be displayed on the electronic sign at the fairgrounds entrance, just off U.S. 50 this summer.
Purdue Extension made the decision April 15 to cancel all statewide 4-H face-to-face events and meetings through June 30 in order to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The county 4-H board made the decision in May to proceed with a virtual fair experience for 4-H members and program volunteers after receiving input from 4-H youth, 4-H families, 4-H volunteers, 4-H fair sponsors and livestock auction buyers.