Coronavirus pandemic prompts pivot to safe online events
4-H members are accustomed to pledging their “health to better living,” which is no different during the current global health situation. With a focus on managing the safety of event participants and the community, Bureau, LaSalle and Marshall-Putnam Counties 4-H has pivoted its traditional in-person 4-H fairs to an online virtual format.
4-H members will have an opportunity to exhibit their project work and be judged, providing vital learning feedback. Participants will continue to receive the same awards and recognition they would if the fair were held in-person, including promotion to the state fair.
Details of Bureau, LaSalle and Marshall-Putnam’s virtual shows can be found at https://extension.illinois.edu/events/2020-06-02-virtual-show-2020-blmp.
While they know this is not the outcome many wanted to hear, they are committed to the safety of its members and volunteers. When able, they look forward to bringing 4-H families together to celebrate, to renew friendships and to offer thanks for each other while forging ahead even stronger into the next 4-H year.
For more information about the 4-H program, call University of Illinois Extension – Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam Unit Office at 815-224-0889. Extension offices are located in Princeton, Ottawa, Henry and in Oglesby on the IVCC campus.