Revised Hall County Fair runs with 4-H shows only

Published: Jul. 22, 2020 at 6:27 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - You won’t find concerts, entertainment or food vendors at the Hall County Fair this year, but one fair staple remains.

Wednesday marks the first official day of the Hall County Fair, which this year consists of 4-H shows and extra safety procedures.

The 4-H Swine Show kicked things off Wednesday morning. An audience watched from the bleachers as the 21 participants showed in the Five Points Bank Arena.

Corby Flagle, Hall County Fair manager, said staff worked closely with the Central District Health Department to ensure a safe event.

“As long as the kids can enjoy it - what they’ve done and what they’ve accomplished - and receive some ribbons and trophys, that’s the important part,” Flagle said.

To maintain social distancing, spectators sat in groups of no more than eight people and at least six-feet apart from each party. The fair encouraged everyone to wear masks, including volunteers, judges and staff.

Highly-touched areas, like bleachers, are cleaned and disinfected routinely. Hand sanitizer stations are placed around the arena.

The fair is live streaming the 4-H shows on Facebook and YouTube for those who can’t attend. Flagle said they wanted to have an in-person show to give 4-Hers a chance to show off their hard work.

“It gives the kids a chance to really show what they’ve done, and to be judged live,” Flagle said. “The judge was talking on the different kids on the hog show and I don’t know if you can really do that virtually. It’s kind of nice to have it in person.”

Kaleigh Moeller, 19, agrees.

“I have actually done a virtual show with my cattle. It helps you, but it’s not the same,” Moeller said. “Here you can talk to people, hear about what they’re doing and things like that.”

This is Moeller’s last year in 4-H. She’s been part of the program since she was seven-years-old.

Moeller showed pigs on Wednesday. Despite the crazy year, she said the ending is bittersweet.

“I am excited, sad and just overwhelmed with joy,” Moeller said. “We didn’t even know if we were going to have a show, but luckily we did and I’m very thankful for that. Everyone here has put in so much work with their animals. It’s great to just get out and show off what you worked so hard for.”

To minimize crowds, the fair is doing one 4-H show in the morning and one in the afternoon. The fair will conclude Sunday with a round robin and livestock auction.

You can find a full schedule of events here.

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