Floyd County 4-H members continue to prepare for fair

Brett Bachtle
Created: May 22, 2020 07:43 PM

(ABC 6 News) - The Floyd County Fair is set to take place July 15-19, but fair board president Amy Staudt is keeping a close watch of what Governor Reynolds has to say.
"We're looking pretty forward to fair and pretty confident that her numbers will even raise so we can kind of have fair this year as normal,” said Staudt.
Over the past few months, Staudt has instructed 4-H members to keep working on their projects as usual in hopes that the fair will be able to take place this summer.
"We're telling them to prepare for fair as normal at this time. We'll work on working with our public health as well as our emergency management crews in Floyd County just to make sure we're following all protocols that we need to do to make sure everyone's healthy and safe,” Staudt said.
"I'm still working with my animals the same that I've always been,” said 4-H member Oliva Staudt.
 For the 4-H members who have put months of time and attention into their projects, a summer without the county or state fair would be heartbreaking.
"I'd be a little bit sad because I am a senior. It's just another thing that would get canceled, but I think that a lot of people that are doing livestock, they've put a lot of hard work into this,” said Charles City FFA member Lauren Connell.
"They start these projects, a lot of them last fall in August and they've taken the time and energy to make sure that they're the very best to compete,” Staudt said.
"I'm hoping they have both, but if they can have one or the other, county fair or state fair, at least it will be worth it,” said Oliva Staudt.
In order to give the 4-H members the recognition they deserve, Staudt says right now their main goal is to look at how to have the fair without large numbers of people gathering in the show arenas.
If the Iowa State Fair is canceled this year, 4-H members can send some projects to be judged next year.


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