Fair exhibits takes on new look in 2020

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

PLYMOUTH CO. — Plymouth County 4-H and FFA members have been busy working on projects and with livestock, rabbits, poultry, dogs and cats, and much more, all in anticipation of exhibiting at the 2020 Plymouth County Fair.

When the 2020 fair was postponed by fair board members in June due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Plymouth County ISU Extension staff had already been busy at work to put a plan together for 4-H and FFA members.

It is the 2020 Gold and Clover Classic and will be conducted at the fairgrounds July 27-Aug 1.

There are, however, a number of restrictions.

“We definitely want people to know this is not open to the public but shows will be livestreamed and those links will be shared on our ISU Extension Plymouth County Facebook page and website,” said Ann Schoenrock, Plymouth County ISU Extension and Outreach Program and Youth Coordinator.

All members received information on the rules that will need to be followed, she said.

“These were determined by the Iowa 4-H Best Practices laid out by the State 4-H Office in accordance with the CDC guidelines,” Schoenrock said.

For showing livestock this year, the rules include one species at a time and not staying over at the grounds; no fit; members will pick up their own ribbons and trophies from a table; there will be smaller class sizes; and one family in check in area at a time.

“We are trying to keep as few people on the grounds for as little time as possible,” she said.

The static exhibits, which are normally displayed in the 4-H Building, will be judged state fair style, meaning no interviews with the judge. Judges will strictly be reading the project write-ups.

“There will also be a virtual ‘state fair’ so exhibits will be selected to advance on,” Schoenrock said.

Judging of the Clothing Review has already taken place. Only two individuals were scheduled at a time that came into the building, sitting six feet away from the judge. There were no groups present.

The style show will be posted on social media with a slide show of their outfits and announcement of ribbon placings.

Working Exhibits, which normally engage fairgoers in hands-on activities, will be judged virtually through Zoom.

Educational Presentations will be judged live, but with limited attendees in the building at a time.

One of the popular events, Pride of Iowa, will not happen this year.

“The format had to be changed due to food restrictions so it was going to end up being more of a cooking demonstration,” Schoenrock explained.

For livestock exhibitors who move on to the premium auction, the fair board is setting up an online auction with Bruce Brock.

“Bidders can sign up through his website and members will sign up during their respective show,” she said.

“We are trying to offer the best exhibit opportunity we can for 4-H and FFA members to display their talents and hard work that still remains within the guidelines we are required to follow from our 4-H and FFA organizations,” Schoenrock said. “We appreciate the partnership with the Plymouth County Fair Board to make this event happen as well as all of the sponsors.”

The judging events will include:

Monday, July 27 — Swine Show; Adopt-A-Pig; and Bucket Calf Show.

Tuesday, July 28 — Judging of all static exhibits.

Wednesday, July 29 — Rabbit Show; Clover Buddies Rabbit Show and release of static exhibits.

Thursday, July 30 — Horse Show; Sheep Show; Bottle Lamb Show; Mean Goat Show; and Educational Presentations given.

Friday, July 31 — Beef Show; Dog Show; Dairy Cow Show; Dairy Goat Show; Bottle Goat Show; Working Exhibits judging via Zoom.

Saturday, Aug. 1 — Poultry Show; Clover Buddies Poultry Show; Cat and Pet Shows; Share the Fun.

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