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As many may have heard this year’s 4-H Fair is going to be held live but with some major adjustments.  The fair will open on Friday July 17 with the dog agility show up first on the docket of shows. The opening ceremonies and Ice cream social will top off the night. 

But the changes to the fair’s schedule and appearance have the extension office and their committees getting creative in their shows this year. 

One of the biggest adjustments is the cancellation of the traditional live 4-H Auction held at the end of the fair annually.  The sale committee though is taking steps to make sure that the 4-H livestock members are still financially supported. 

Knowing that many of the participants have experienced financial set-backs over the past few months due to the pandemic, they want to make sure they are still able to participate and supported. 

Currently the Livestock Auction has approximately 28, 10 year members and they would like to raise enough money so each of those members receive at least $500.  Any additional funds raised would be hopefully given to each of they other approximately 300 members.  

The committee is encouraging patrons to submit bids, in increments of $25, as in the past with designated or undesignated monies. If you would like to direct your funds to a designated 4-Her you are also allow to do that. Contact Joel Flesher, Bob Chalfant, Brad Whitesel, Mark DeHaven, Kurt Horner, Greg Chalfant, Jim Byrd, Shane Love, Greg Cheesman or Alan McCormick for more information. 

The committee will have office hours in the Husted Hall July 20-21 from 4-8 pm and July 23 10 am to noon if you would like to donate at that time. All payments are encouraged to be remitted no later than July 23 at noon. 

Last year, over 300 lots were sold through the auction and appraisers. They committee wrote over $250,000 in checks last year. Knowing that is not the case this year, they want to put forth the best effort to each of the members. 

Mini- 4-H will be interrupted this year as well. There will be no Mini Livestock show in 2020. All livestock members however are encouraged to create a project or poster about a livestock species. MIni-4-H projects will be dropped off at the fairgrounds on July 17 from 12-2pm. Judging will be closed to the public but the projects will be on display in Husted Hall during the fair. 

Another change that will be noticeable this year is there will be no merchants set up passing out their token items in the Commercial Building. So all those who would come out to get the yard stick, free popcorn or speak to your favorite politician will have to wait until next year. 

The dining room that always serves up the favorites from grandma’s kitchen will also be affected by the new guidelines this year. The dining room will be not be serving breakfast or dinner this year but they will be serving a limited menu of a carryout lunch Saturday, July 18 through Wednesday July 22. There will be no dining room seating either. A menu is being discussed currently and will be posted next week on Facebook page of Randolph County 4-H Fair. 

Some General 4-H news that everyone should know before the fair includes judging, project news and other important items for those participating. Fair entry registration began on June 26 and will continue through July 7. Everyone is encouraged to register to make it a smoother transaction at the fairs beginning. This can be done at 4H online. 

Husted Hall Project Judging

ALL Husted Hall Projects will be closed judging this year except for sewing and public speaking. All projects are to be dropped off in the dining room on July 13 with the exception of sewing, foods, flowers, gardening and minis. Drop off times are designed by your last name with the following schedule: 

A-F 9-10 am, G-L 10:30-11:30 am, M-R 12-1pm, S-Z 1:30-2:30pm. 

On Friday, July 17, all foods are to be dropped off from 8-9 am and flowers and gardening 10-11 am. 

King and Queen Candidates

Candidates should be on the lookout for the applications for the contest as interviews and speeches will be on Sunday, July 12 at the fairgrounds. Contact the extension office for more information. 

Awards Night

This annual event will be moved from the 2020 fair schedule and performed in the fall. More information will be sent out at a later date. 

Some animal information members need to remember are that all swine need to be vaccinated for  influenza prior to the fairs opening. Cattle members will not be supplied mulch or bedding in the cattle barns this year. With the show and go format the need is not there for this service. If you need to stall in the cattle barn during the show day you are required to bring your own bedding. Please clean your area as well.  Rabbits must have fur mite treatments before coming to the fair as well. 

There will be a virtual aspect  this year including the Dress the Goat, the Dress the Dog and the Rabbit Ambassador. 

This year’s fair will include 39 10 year 4-H members. These members will be recognized on Wednesday July 22 at 6:30 in the show arena. Those members will be also featured in a The News Gazette’s special pre-show 4-H section that will appear on July 16. Watch for more details and a current schedule of events to run alongside those members including tractor pulls, show times and days and any up to date information for the Randolph County 4-H Fair.