(UNDATED) – Due to the continued spread of COVID-19 and the important need to slow this spread, this week Purdue University and Purdue Extension announced the decision to extend the existing ban on face-to-face events through June 30, 2020.
During an outbreak such as COVID-19, the CDC recommends canceling large meetings and events. The state 4-H staff in collaboration with county 4-H educators are exploring alternative delivery of 4-H programming for the month of June.
As a reminder, all deadlines (animal ID, project drop/add, etc.) that were previously due by May 15 are now due June 1. FairEntry will also wait to open until after the June 1 deadline.
For the health and well-being of 4-H families, volunteers, and professionals all in-person 4-H events, camps, activities, and experiences that were scheduled to take place before July 1, 2020, will be postponed or converted to non-face-to-face experiences. This includes in-person events and activities led by local 4-H volunteers.
Virtual 4-H programming will be created and offered at no cost to families to replace the following statewide face-to-face 4-H events that were scheduled to take place in June of 2020:
- 4-H Academy @ Purdue
- Indiana 4-H Round-Up
- State 4-H Junior Leader Conference
- State 4-H Band and State 4-H Chorus
4-H Youth Development Extension educators and state specialists will continue their incredible efforts to create and adapt learning opportunities to meet 4-H families where they are and fit the social distancing guidelines that we must abide by.
Visit purdue.ag/4hhomeactivities for a collection of at-home activities for kids created by Purdue Extension and 4-H programs across the nation.
Here are a few highlights:
- World Changers Online Hackathon April 20-22
- Animal Science Web Series every Tuesday since March 31st (recordings available)
- Live, Virtual Cake Decorating Workshop April 16 at 7:00 p.m. EDT
Likewise, if your county fair falls within the dates affected by this decision your local Purdue Extension office will be in touch with you regarding alternate plans for your 4-H fair or the 4-H events at your county’s fair.
Please know county Extension educators are working in partnership with local fair boards and the state 4-H office to provide alternate opportunities for youth to showcase and celebrate their 4-H achievements.
Please exercise patience and give your local Extension office the time they need to communicate the plans to you.
Officials did not take this decision lightly. The health and well-being of 4-H’ers, families, volunteers, employees, and communities is their top priority. 4-H Youth Development will continue to provide opportunities for youth to learn, grow, develop skills, and showcase and celebrate their achievements. Officials will try new things and relate to each other in innovative ways. They will harness the resilience and determination 4-H has taught us, and they stand in awe of the individuals and communities 4-H has built.