Although the Pennington County Fair has been cancelled, one aspect of the fair will continue this week in a virtual setting; 4-H project judging! Project judging will have a new look, however 4- H members will have the opportunity to showcase their learning and their work through virtual project judging next week.
Many aspects of the experience of having a 4-H project judged at the fair will remain the same including having the opportunity to discuss project learning, getting valuable feedback from a judge, receiving a blue, red, white or green ribbon for participation, receiving premium money based on the ribbon awarded and awarding grand and reserve champions.
Animal science project members will record videos and take photos of their animals so judges can review them in a virtual livestock show on Zoom. The judge will look at the photos and videos and provide comments and judging results in real time on the Zoom meeting. The judge will also have an opportunity to ask 4-H youth who are registered for a showmanship class more questions about that in order to recreate the live showmanship class that is typically held in person.
General project judging will also be entirely virtual this year. Exhibitors will record a video of themselves with their project, explain the project, and what they have learned. Judges will review those videos and leave comments and feedback for the youth.
Pennington County 4-H will be offering an alternative opportunity for the annual 4-H Premium-Only Market Livestock Auction. The auction is an opportunity for the community to support positive youth involvement and awareness of agriculture by bidding on premiums of animals. This year instead of hosting an in-person auction, 4-H will instead be asking sponsors to consider donating to the market livestock auction fund instead. Donations will be dispersed among youth who have received a blue ribbon or higher on their market livestock animal.. If anyone is interested in donating to this fund they may send a check to Pennington County 4-H at 101 Main Ave N in Thief River Falls, MN 56701. Otherwise, those interested in more information may contact the Pennington County Extension Office in order to receive a letter with further information along with a brochure with photos of the youth who are participating along with their animals.
For more information about Pennington County 4-H, visit Pennington County 4-H on Facebook, visit the website at https://local.extension.umn.edu/local/pennington or contact the office by phone at 218-683-7030. Email: email@example.com