4-H at Super Fair a Blend of Virtual and In-Person

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This year’s Lancaster County Super Fair focused solely on 4-H & FFA youth participation, which were a blend of virtual and in-person exhibits and events July 30–August 2 at the Lancaster Event Center Fairgrounds. The planned 150th celebration was postponed to 2021.

Over 400 4-H/FFA exhibitors showcased over 2,700 exhibits (including static exhibits, Clover Kids, animals and contest entries). The Super Fair provides 4-H youth an opportunity to showcase their completed 4-H projects.

In planning how 4-H activities at Super Fair would look like during a pandemic, 4-H staff asked for input from 4-H parents, members and volunteers. 305 people completed the survey. Based on this input and the fact that many key 4-H volunteers and superintendents are considered at increased risk for COVID-19, static exhibits and many contests were changed from in-person to virtual format.

Static exhibits were submitted, judged and exhibited through web-based software. Families took photo(s) and/or video(s) of each exhibit based on specified requirements for each project.

Most contest, Clover Kids Show & Tell and some animal show entries were submitted as videos. A special Cyber Fashion Show video was created from submitted videos.

Livestock and horse shows were held in-person with many modifications to accommodate health guidelines, including using a show-and-go format, daily health checks, wrist-banding exhibitors and limiting the number of wristbands per day for exhibitor’s family members. Lancaster County 4-H livestreamed nearly all in-person events.

4-H staff appreciates the cooperation of 4-H/FFA families as they adapted to the modifications and followed health guidelines. Thank you to all the volunteers and sponsors who helped make 4-H & FFA at this year’s virtual and in-person events possible! A special thank you to Agricultural Society board members and Lancaster Event Center fairgrounds staff who worked closely with 4-H staff to make the fair possible during a pandemic!

Watch archived livestreams and see other online public showcases such as online media slideshows, Cyber Runway Fashion Show video and photos on Flickr. All of these are linked at http://lancaster.unl.edu/4h/publicshowcases.

The Lancaster County 4-H Livestock Booster Club awards two $500 college scholarships each year which are presented at the Lancaster County Super Fair. Since this year’s 4-H/FFA Livestock Premium Auction was canceled, the scholarships were announced at livestock shows. A portion of the proceeds from previous auctions funded these scholarships. This year’s scholarship recipients were Sarah Dilley and Amy Egelhoff.