By Jessie Wagoner
COVID-19 couldn’t stop the McPherson County 4-H Fair from going on as planned, this week. As 4-H youth participated in a variety of activities and events, they were all streamed online for viewers to enjoy, while also maintaining social distancing.
“It was wonderful to watch the kids online,” Jamie Williams of McPherson said. “I watched the swine show and the poultry judging. The kids did great as always and we could still support them and their efforts.”
All events, including goats, dairy cattle and swine, were streamed online. The horse shows, which are always popular in-person events, were also well received by online viewers. Three youth collected ribbons for reining, barrels, horsemanship, halter and a number of other categories.
Photography proved to be another popular category for youth. With over a dozen youth entering photographs, there was a wide assortment to view. Landscapes and nature photography were the most common. Tanner from the Live Wires 4-H Club earned grand champion with his photograph of ice on a fence post.
Youth participating in the bicycle rodeo donned their bike helmets and showed off their skills for the judges. Judges set up several courses for the youth to maneuver through, testing their speed and agility.
“It is hard for me to pick a favorite event,” Norma Roberts, grandmother of several 4-H youth said. “I enjoy watching them all, but the bicycle rodeo is one of my favorites. The kids have so much fun and it is a great activity. The judges make it a lot of fun for the kids.”
It has been a challenging season for 4-H youth. With in-person meetings cancelled due to COVID-19, clubs have been meeting virtually and completing projects as they can. The fair gave many youths an opportunity to see club members in person for the first time in several months.
“It is so nice to see the kids together, this week,” Monica Rietkers said. “They work well as a group and it has been hard for them to do the virtual meetings and not see one another. These kids are some of the hardest working kids you will ever meet and fair time gives them a chance to earn some recognition and celebrate their hard work.”
For a complete listing of fair results, visit McPherson County 4-H on Facebook.