WAYNE – As the extension office in Wayne county moves to the Commercial Building temporarily for over a week, 4-H and FFA participants along with their families and friends will be showcasing their talents during several shows.
With no typical county fair events taking place at the fairgrounds this summer, the show carries on for the youth. Throughout the shows, 144 total exhibitors will participate in one way or another. The Wayne County Fair was scheduled for Thursday, July 23 – Sunday, July 26 but has since been postponed to July 28 – August 1, 2021 while the 4-H/FFA Show will take place with events on Saturday, July 18 – Sunday, July 26.
Amy Topp is the extension educator for Wayne county. She said flexibility has been key and she would like to thank everyone who is making this possible.
“Including our fair board, our 4-H leaders, our 4-H families, our health department,” said Topp. “All those volunteers and judges who really we’ve contacted again and are willing to come and be a part of this 4-H and FFA event.”
Participants dropped off their clothing and photography entries based on last name throughout Thursday. Fashion show modeling, favorite foods, presentation youth brought all of their exhibits during their assigned time as there’ll be no public fashion show this year.
The only thing that will feel the most normal will be the Saturday prior to fair events for the 4-H/FFA dog, household pet and cat shows.
The 4-H/FFA shows are not open to the public.
“We will have times when the gates are open and families and whoever they distribute (their tickets to), Topp added. “They’re getting eight tickets per exhibitors to distribute to their family members to have them come in to the shows.”
For those who can’t come out to the fairgrounds or chose not to, like the Nebraska Extension in Wayne County Facebook page to view virtually.
Topp mentioned by the end of the week they’ll be able to tally all the volunteers making the shows run smooth.
“They’re doing anything from helping us at the gate monitoring,” Topp mentioned. “Youth will be requested to do like a self-screening for health to be able to show. We’re doing things different like having a table for ribbons and trophies that they come to and our pictures like the paper will be not as a group picture but individual pictures.”
While the 4-H and FFA shows are taking place Topp asks that all who are on the fairgrounds to practice social distancing and wear face coverings when not able to have six feet of distance. Bleachers will be provided as lawn chairs are encouraged as well.
The extension office is also taking all necessary precautions to prevent spread of the Coronavirus at the event 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. Stay home. There is no penalty for not showing.
Traditionally the last week of May, the extension office would host face-to-face programs and those have finally been able to take place in the past week and a half. There are several online resources that can be found on the wayne.unl.edu webpage.
Hear the complete interview about the 2020 4-H/FFA Shows at the Wayne County Fairgrounds by clicking on the ‘Podcasts’ button under the ‘Community’ drop-down at waynedailynews.com.