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The Washington County 4H Fair will be held at the Washington County Fairgrounds July 5-10 if Indiana’s truly “Back on Track” with Stage 5 by then, according to Megan Broughton, Extension Educator with the Washington County Extension Office. 

On Friday, May 15th, Purdue Extension announced that they would be allowing in-person events starting July 4th, based on the Governor’s Back on Track Plan.

In order for these events to occur, an extensive list of guidelines must be met, said Broughton in a press release this afternoon.

Broughton will be giving more details Friday morning on WSLM’s Coffee Club program, which airs Monday-Friday at 8a on WSLM 1220 AM and WSLM 97.9 FM. 

Washington County 4-H Livestock Superintendents and 4-H Council met to discuss these guidelines and whether or not an in-person fair for Washington County is feasible.

They decided to go ahead with the planning of an in-person 4-H only fair for July 5-10, 2020.

This will be a smaller than usual fair for the 4-H youth to exhibit their projects and animals.

Many restrictions and guidelines have been put in place that will be enforced during the 4-H Fair, Broughton said. 

Some of the guidelines are as follows:
 Employees and volunteers will be health screened daily. 
 Employees, volunteers, and youth will wear face masks while on the fairgrounds. 
 Everyone will be expected to observe a 6-foot social distance to anyone that is not in their household. 
 High-traffic areas will be cleaned and sanitized multiple times daily. 
 Everyone coming onto the fairgrounds will be tracked in case tracing is necessary. 
 Static projects will be judged in a closed setting. 
 Animals will not be on the fairgrounds overnight. 
 All shows will be live-streamed so that those at home can watch friends and family members. 
 All 4-H members will have the option to participate virtually

If at any time the Washington County 4-H Council deems it necessary, a totally virtual fair will replace the in-person fair.

This is also based on Indiana and Washington County being in Stage 5 of the Governor’s plan.

If Indiana does not reach Stage 5 by July 5th, the fair will be in a virtual format.

For further information, call Purdue Extension – Washington County at 812-8834601 or email [email protected]