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Palo Alto County Fair Begins Today

By Staff | Jul 14, 2020

4-H?PRESENTATION -- “Congratulations to Katie Nelson, our Educational Presentation Champion!  Her presentation was titled “Why is it so Hard to Finish a Story”. Nelson will go on to represent Palo Alto County in 4-H Show Iowa, a virtual celebration which will provide state level recognition to partially replace the communications event held annually at the Iowa State Fair.” --submitted photo

by Jane Whitmore

The 2020 Palo Alto County Fair has a new look. 4-H and FFA students will still have the opportunity to show their projects for judging. However, it’s a “show-and-go” event to accommodate social distancing.

“The number one priority for the 2020 Palo Alto County Fair is the safety and well-being of all our 4-Hers, FFA members, families, volunteers, staff, judges, and fair goers,” said Palo Alto County Fair Manager Devona Perkins.

Only immediate families of exhibitors will be allowed as spectators. There will be no fair entertainment, commercial exhibits or open classes for food, photography and horticulture. There will also be no food vendors on the fairgrounds.

4-H and FFA exhibitors will be showing their projects starting today, Tuesday, July 14, through Sunday, July 19.

4-H static exhibit judging begins at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Exhibitors have assigned times to bring their projects in for judging at specific buildings on the fairgrounds. Projects will go home with the exhibitors immediately after judging, with the exception of exhibits for State Fair and Junior Recognition.

4-H Show Iowa will provide virtual recognition of 4-H exhibits. Counties throughout the state will select exhibits for this special exhibition in a similar manner to how they normally select exhibits and participants for the Iowa State Fair.

According to a news release from Iowa State University Extension, a public showcase of all entries will be made available using the photos of entries and summary information. The public exhibition will be released during the originally planned Iowa State Fair dates, Aug. 13-23.

Clover Kids will not be included in static or livestock/animal judging this year due to the difficulty in keeping with CDC guidelines with youth of this age.

Read the full article in The Reporter.