Is it fair to cancel the Robeson Regional Agricultural Fair?


I’ve been watching and listening to the feedback since the Robeson Regional Agricultural Fair was cancelled. Most of us, though disenchanted, perceive the cause for cancelling the fair was in the greatest curiosity of public security. Others, let’s simply say aren’t as understanding. Also take into accout, after this choice was made the fair misplaced a valued member of their board due to COVID-19 and one other was hospitalized. This sadly reinforces the want for his or her choice. However, it doesn’t imply there aren’t questions surrounding the 4-H Livestock Shows. Here are few solutions to questions which have been circling round.

Are all the fair competitions cancelled? Almost. FFA remains to be engaged on planning the scholar truck and tractor pull and 4-H is engaged on the Livestock Shows. FFA and 4-H youth come from throughout the state to participate in these reveals. For a few of the youth, they’re part of a showmanship circuit the place they’ve to present in a selected variety of reveals to earn factors, which translate to awards. Thankfully, the livestock present sponsors agreed to maintain their funds in place so we might provide premiums for the reveals. Needless to say, it’s extra enjoyable when there’s a fair, and the youth take pleasure in taking a few of their premium cash and spending it on the halfway. What will change is the livestock reveals won’t be held at the fairgrounds. Since the fair closed we can be holding the reveals at an alternate location, so there can be no competitions held at the fairgrounds.

If the fair cancelled due to COVID-19, how do you assume the youth displaying can be secure? There is a state coverage from 4-H regarding COVID-19 protocols, which we are going to observe carefully. One of the issues we can be doing is requiring everybody displaying and everybody in the constructing to have on a masks. We can even do our greatest to socially distance in the present ring (typically massive animals can change the greatest made plan). Those displaying are additionally conscious in the event that they aren’t effectively, they want to keep residence. This is one thing they’ve been doing for months with all 4-H applications and for many of our 4-H households, that is our present regular. If the fair was occurring, the public can be out and in of the constructing (it is commonly crowded) and, if we’re being trustworthy, imposing masks with the public going by the livestock constructing can be tough at greatest. So, it is less complicated for us to apply and handle security protocols when there are fewer of us in the constructing. In phrases of spectators, we don’t anticipate the normal public, simply the households of these displaying. Fewer individuals, fewer alternatives for transmission.

Why is it so vital to have these reveals? Robeson County 4-H members have spent nearly six months elevating, caring, and dealing with these animals for the present. They haven’t solely been wanting ahead to this, however 4-H is dedicated to doing as a lot as we safely can in individual. Often with the animal science tasks, of us assume the animals are the mission. Really it is the youth demonstrating what they’ve realized, speaking the duties they’ve taken on, and having the alternative to study by doing. These reveals make an enormous distinction in the lives of our youth.

So though the fair is cancelled, keep in mind the essential cause for our fair is the celebration and alternative for agricultural schooling. It simply appears to be like a bit completely different this 12 months.

Shea Ann DeJarnette is a 4-H Youth Development with North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Robeson County Center. She could be reached at 910-671-3276, by electronic mail at [email protected], or on-line at