4H’ers shine through projects despite COVID


Throughout Minnesota, 4-H educators and youth are putting their innovation skills to work as they create alternative experiences to replace 2020 county fairs, including the Winona County Fair.

During the week of August 3-8, Winona County 4-H’ers shared their skills and accomplishments from livestock projects with judges in a modified showcase environment, as necessitated by COVID-19. To help safeguard health, the events were not open to the public.

“This has been a challenging year for 4-H’ers. We’re truly proud of how they’ve risen to the occasion to participate in and make the most of in-person livestock and virtual general project showcases,” said Extension Educator Kim Stehr. “We’ve seen some amazing displays of hard work and dedication from Winona County 4-H’ers.”

“4-H’s priority is to provide learning and leadership experiences that guide youth in building relationships, developing communication techniques, and strengthening organizational skills,” said Jennifer A. Skuza, Extension Center for Youth Development associate dean and State 4-H director. “We’ve been committed to helping maintain the county fair experience as much as possible, recognizing that possibilities and limitations vary among all of Minnesota’s 87 counties.”

Stehr noted that the events could not have been conducted without the help of families, volunteers, the Winona County Fair Board and other partners. “We’re grateful to 4-H supporters for helping us put youth at the center of our alternative fair and creating a memorable, meaningful experience.”

To learn more about 4-H in Winona County or to join, contact Extension 4-H Educator Kim Stehr at 507-457-6441 or email winge109@umn.edu and visit the website, www.4-H.umn.edu.


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