(BEDFORD) – After much deliberation, the July 2020 Lawrence County 4-H Fair will be transitioning to a virtual format.
“This was a painstaking, humble decision as we recognize youth and their families have experienced a great deal of disappointment in 2020,” said Lesley Lodmell Extension Educator- 4-H and Youth Development. “After reviewing the Indiana Back on Track Plan, additional exhibition and safety requirements from Indiana 4-H, and undergoing multiple meetings reviewing information, we did not feel we could still provide the same positive youth experience we all enjoy. Our council did not make this decision lightly and want to ensure a positive youth experience and safety.”
Lodmell says 4-H members will have a new opportunity to practice creativity and mastery while they prove their resilience.
4-H members will receive information in the coming weeks on how the virtual fair will work.
“We are determined to recognize 10-year members and graduating seniors,” Lodmell added. “For other awards, we will be respectful of the current economic situation in our community and are looking at a ribbon-only fair. Decisions about the Livestock Auction will be made by the Auction Committee and communicated as we know more.”