WAYNE – Throughout the week 4-H and FFA youth have been able to bring out their exhibits and show off different species even if the fair has a different feel to it.
From household pets, dogs, cats and horse shows to static exhibits, Thursday moved into the busiest day with bucket calves, dairy, sheep and goat shows from the Wayne County Fairgrounds.
Toni Rasmussen is the Wayne Agriculture Educator at Wayne Community Schools and talked about her Supervised Ag Experience (SAE) visits.
“So, I go out to their farms or go see where they work and talk about their projects or what it is that they’ve been working on,” said Rasmussen. “We talk about some skills they’ve been learning, skills they want to learn and set up some goals. Then just doing some officer (FFA) interviews and stuff that we normally do in the spring trying to get that wrapped up before school starts.”
The 4-H bucket calf show kicked off Thursday morning followed by the 4-H/FFA dairy show before moving into the afternoon featuring sheep and goats.
Rasmussen added some FFA kids were still showing this week.
“As far as numbers, I probably, in each species maybe have three or four kids that are also in FFA,” Rasmussen added. “They can choose whether they show 4-H or FFA, either is fine. Then it’s up to them on which way they want to go.”
The 2020 Wayne County 4-H/FFA Show week isn’t over quite yet. Friday will feature the swine show before moving into the weekend for rabbits and poultry on Saturday as well as beef show on Sunday.
Again, bleachers will be provided, but attendees should follow the six-foot social distancing guidelines. Lawn chairs are encouraged with social distancing practices. The 4-H/FFA Show officials are taking all necessary precautions to prevent spread of the coronavirus but they encourage people who are at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 to not attend the ticketed event. If you or a family member feel ill or become ill the day of the show, please be respectful of other exhibitors and families by staying home.
Rasmussen mentioned it’s great seeing what the kids are working on and how they’ve progressed from a year ago.
“Last year, for some of them it was a half an hour and pulling teeth to get them to talk and now they don’t stop talking after 45 minutes and it’s great,” Rasmussen mentioned. “Just to hear from them and hear how they’ve progressed in their communication skills as well.”
Since exhibitors only had a limited number of passes to hand out, the livestock shows are being streamed on the Wayne County 4-H’s Facebook page.
For the full 4-H schedule, click here.