While there are many uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, one thing is for certain – the Hancock County 4-H Fair will have a new date.
Recently, officials announced last week the fair will be moved from its June date, and that, while it is moved, it is not cancelled. Officials are slated to announce new dates on April 21.
Brian Greer, Purdue extension educator for 4-H/youth development, told Giant FM, this is the first time he has had to reschedule and re-plan for such a large event.
In a letter to 4-H members and families, officials with Purdue’s Extension 4-H Youth Development stated that all face to face events would be banned until June 30, 2020.
“We do not take this decision lightly. The health and well-being of the 4-H’ers, families, volunteers, employees and communities is our top priority. Our hearts break in your disappointment. Right now, and always, 4-H Youth Development will continue to provide opportunities for youth to learn, grow, develop skills and showcase and celebrate their achievements. We will try new things and relate to each other in innovative ways. We will harness the resilience and determination 4-H has taught us, and we will stand in awe of the individuals and communities 4-H has built,” the letter read.
Greer wrote his own letter to Hancock County 4-H families and has held a Facebook live session to answer questions by families.
“Since Indiana 4-H is a Purdue-sponsored organization, all decisions regarding the postponement or cancellation of events due to COVID-19 are made at the institutional level,” Greer told Giant FM.
As for what the fair could look like under new dates, and, potential new guidelines, Greer told Giant FM he is unsure.
“At this moment, I can’t say what exactly the fair will look like. We are still developing a plan. We will announce the new fair dates and schedule April 21. As for whether the fair will be safer, Purdue Extension and the Hancock County 4-H are committed to ensuring the health and safety of all our 4-H families and public fair-goers. Thus, we follow guidelines provided to us by Purdue University leadership and public health officials,” Greer said.