Meade County Fair & 4-H Achievement Days goes virtual for 2020

The long running Meade County Fair and 4-H Achievement Days will be a virtual event this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

MEADE COUNTY, S.D. — Typically, the Meade County Fair involves two days of over 50 youth sharing their exhibits and projects and many hands on activities like ‘mutton bustin’ and frog races.

Meade County Fair, courtesy Jenny Voigt

Past picture at Meade County Fair, courtesy Jenny Voigt

A virtual fair means participants will use the online program, Zoom, to exhibit three displays of animals and then have their projects reviewed and given feedback by adult volunteers.

Ribbons will be replaced with commemorative t-shirts for all participants.

Meade County Fair, courtesy Jenny Voigt

Past picture at Meade County Fair, courtesy Jenny Voigt

Jenny Voigt, the Meade County Youth Program Advisor says that achievement days is like the icing on the cake, to let youth showcase what they’ve worked on so hard all year.

Voigt says, “At our County Fair, we spend so much time just playing games and running around and we have just taken that away from them this year and so instead of canceling, we felt that we could still recognize their hard work this year.”

Meade County Fair, courtesy Jenny Voigt

Past picture at Meade County Fair, courtesy Jenny Voigt

The fair is planned for July 24-25. The fair board is still planning some virtual challenges to do with the kids such as a coloring contest and scavenger hunt.

“The achievement days is definitely something that we take a lot of pride in and giving the kids a goal in something to achieve, but it’s really the process of getting there,” Voigt said. “I look at 4-H as something that kids work on, set their goals all year, and work on that throughout the year.”

Meade County Fair, courtesy Jenny Voigt

Past picture at Meade County Fair, courtesy Jenny Voigt

 

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