Blue Ribbon Project Contest recognizes youth who missed fairs this year
Youth across rural America faced disappointment this year when their fairs were canceled or went virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Knowing the importance of county and state fairs to young people in their territory, Compeer Financial stepped in to recognize the hard work youth put into their fair projects. In June, Compeer unveiled the Blue Ribbon Project, a contest for youth to submit their fair projects for a chance to win prizes.
Young people across Compeer’s 144-county territory in Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin were encouraged to submit photos and descriptions of their projects and to explain what their project meant to them.
With 542 total submissions, 54 entrants were awarded as winners or grand champions, receiving $100 for themselves, and $100 for a nonprofit organization of their choice. Grand champions received $500 for themselves and $500 for their nonprofit organization. Winners were determined based on age and geographic location.
Sixteen Minnesota youth were among the winners. Congratulations to the Minnesota winners of the Blue Ribbon Project Contest. Local winners include:
• Lydia W., GRAND CHAMPION – St. Charles
• Audric G. – Winona
• Adhyn S. – Lewiston