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Gallatin County Fair will be virtual

Posted on 5/20/2020, 3:27 PM

Due to COVID-19, there have been a lot of changes to how we work, kids attend school, shop and interact with friends and family, Some of you may have seen the news sharing that some 4-H shows and fairs will become virtual. The Gallatin County 4-H General Show is one of them. What does this mean and why?

We want to insure our youth have an exhibition experience, but also provide a safe environment for all youth, families, volunteers and judges. Currently the stay-at-home order does not allow in-person social gathering. 4-H meetings, shows and other events gather families together from across counties. As we enter Phase 3, gatherings of 10 of fewer will be allowed. However, 4-H Shows have more than 10 participants, judges, and family members involved. We don't have specific dates for the implementation of each phase, so it's impossible to plan around. As such, our 4-H General Show will now be virtual, and information on the Animal and Horse Shows will be upcoming. For more information on the 5 Phase plan to reopen Illinois please see

What does that mean? Traditionally youth would bring their project to the 4-H General show and participate in conference judging. Youth would present the project (poster or item made) to a judge who would ask questions about the experience and what was learned. Since face-to-face opportunities are not feasible, youth will now need to check out the new project exhibition requirements. Most general projects (anything without a live animal) will be presented with the help of three to six photos or a slideshow, depending on project, as well as a project report form. Some projects may require more photos. We have guidelines on how to submit your pictures and project form, and of course I am always available to help and troubleshoot! Our Virtual 4-H Fair will begin judging on Saturday, June 27, 2020 so submissions will need to occur before then. Judges will review the submissions and give feedback. Please understand it might take a few days to get results. Youth will receive ribbons, be promoted to State Fair, and be eligible for County Awards as usual. While we understand this isn't the traditional experience, 2020 hasn't been a traditional year. We look forward to reaching Phase 5 so we can all see each other and fully experience what 4-H has to offer!

If you can safely go outside it's a great way to relax and get some exercise. Please remember to practice social distancing, wash your hands, and don't touch your face. For the most up to date health advice visit the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) website at We want everyone to be safe, and are looking forward to meeting in person when we can.

We continue to enroll and re-enroll for 2019-2020. Don't forget both youth members and volunteers must enroll each year. You may use your 4-H Online account or paper forms are available via email. Download the new Project Guide @ to find out what projects interest your family!

If you know youth who might be interested or you would like to know more about how you can volunteer your skills and time toward the enrichment of youth in Gallatin County please contact Kassy Scates at or Gallatin County IL 4-H Facebook group at follow us on Instagram at gallatin4h_il as well! University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your access needs.

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June 27, 2020 Virtual General Show