Nebraska Edition | July 22, 2020

NEBRASKA EDITION arm R anch July 23, 2020 Vol. 24 Issue 11 By Cara Pesek, IANR Media, University of Nebraska LINCOLN — Nebraska 4-H events will be front and center at the 2020 Nebraska State Fair. The Nebraska State Fair Board voted Tuesday to shift the focus of the 2020 Nebraska State Fair to emphasize youth development opportunities, with some other exhibits, activities, concerts and other events cancelled in light of concerns about COVID- 19. Specifically, 4-H and FFA events will be the focus of the 2020 fair, which is scheduled to take place Aug. 28 through Sept. 7 in Grand Island. Nebraska 4-H and Nebraska State FFA issued a joint statement praising the decision: “Nebraskans have always been supportive of the education of our young people. The focus of the 2020 Nebraska State Fair on 4-H and FFA is another example of our state looking toward the future by celebrating the success of our youth. We are thrilled to have the opportunity showcase the work of Nebraska’s next generation of leaders.” Nebraska Extension began adapting 2020 4-H programming to virtual formats back in March, when social distancing and other directed health measures were first put in place. At the same time, Extension professionals began planning for the possibility of adapting events for both county fairs and the Nebraska State Fair to adhere to health directives. While many details have yet to be finalized, some decisions about what 4-H and FFA events will look like at the 2020 Nebraska State Fair have been made. These include: Nebraska State Fair to focus on youth development Nebraska 4-H events will be front and center at the 2020 Nebraska State Fair PRSRT STD U.S. Postage Paid Permit #36 OMAHA, NE County fairs ..................................... 11-28 markets ..................................................... 3 Heartland Cattleman ............................. 4 North Platte Rail Days .......................... 6-7 classifieds ........................................ 29-31 Continued on page 2 Buffalo Co. Fair 2019

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