ELKHART – Purdue Extension has given the green light to allow counties the option to host in-person events for July, including participation at county fairs.
This announcement also comes with many guidelines that the 4-H program will have to follow in order to participate in fairs. These guidelines follow the Back on Track Indiana guidelines with additional safety measures in place for the overall health of our 4-H members, volunteers, staff, and guests.
Purdue Extension Elkhart County/Elkhart County 4-H and the Elkhart County 4-H Fair are two separate organizations. Both of our great organizations partner together to promote 4-H Youth Development and showcase the hard work and learning of our youth.
Both Purdue Extension and the Elkhart County 4-H Fair Board volunteers and staff have been working diligently to review the guidelines and develop a plan of action. Over the next two weeks, our two organizations will continue to work together with local health officials and review the guidelines of state and national best practices.
Purdue Extension knows modifications need to be made for public health and safety.
Whether virtually, or in-person, what we know for sure is our 4-H youth will have the opportunity to showcase their talent, learning, and hard work.
The Elkhart County 4-H Fair will be making their announcement around June 1 on whether or not they will host an in-person fair, and we will be supportive of their decision as our groups work together for the betterment of our community.