WAYNE – To anyone that has ever visited the Wayne County Fair, they would recognize that this year’s fair is very different. There is no midway, no campers, and no nightly entertainment. However, the 4-H livestock shows were still on for the 2020 edition of the Wayne County Fair. It should be noted that even the livestock shows looked very different, having spread out the event’s schedule to minimize capacity.
Amy Topp is the Nebraska Extension 4-H and Youth Educator for Wayne County. She talked about the shows from last weekend.
“So, Saturday we started out with our dog and cat shows and our small household pets, and really a great turnout there. We had six cats, a pet, and 14 dogs, so a little hot on Saturday for our dogs, but the 4-H’ers handled it all really well,” Topp said.
Tuesday, July 21 is the day of the horse show. Normally, that would’ve been held on Thursday. Wednesday, July 22, is solely for 4-H’ers with static exhibits. There will be no judge interviews for the exhibitors on Wednesday. Thursday is the busiest day at the fairgrounds. There will be the bucket calf show, dairy show, and then goats and sheep later in the day. The swine show is set for Friday, July 24. Poultry and Rabbits will be the subject of Saturday’s events, with the beef show following on Sunday.
Also, the livestock barns are empty for the whole week. Usually animals would stay at the fairgrounds for the entirety of the fair. 4-H participants bring their animals on the day of that show and then they must take their animals home.
COVID-19 prevention measures are in place around the fairgrounds. The 4-H Food Stand and other concession stands aren’t open for the fair, recommended by health officials, although Tacos and More has a food truck set up. There are many signs that encourage social distancing around the fairgrounds. Also, handwashing stations have been put up outside of the bathrooms and people at the fair have been sanitizing high-traffic areas frequently. Finally, the 4-H’ers had a limited number of passes to hand out, though the livestock shows are being streamed on the Wayne County 4-H’s Facebook page.
Through all the obstacles involved, Topp was happy that the livestock shows could go on.
“We’re still glad that we were able to have the opportunity of having the shows and that the fair board said that it’s okay to go ahead with the 4-H and FFA shows for this year,” Top exalted.
Topp applauded the 4-H kids and their families for their determination during this uncertain time. She also understands why some families didn’t want to show this year, given the circumstances.
For the full 4-H schedule, click here.