Despite this year’s Iowa State Fair being cancelled, there is still a way for 4-H and FFA’ers to show their projects at the state level.

Greene County ISU Extension 4-H and Youth Coordinator Kayla Willms says the state livestock shows will take place the first three weekends in August. It’s a chance for 4-H’ers to show their livestock and be judged individually, and there will not be showmanship competitions to limit contact due to COVID-19. Willms notes four Greene County 4-H’ers will be exhibiting. Those 4-H’ers include Elise Badger with sheep, Emma Halterman in horse, Kyle Hughes with swine, and Tieryn Tucker in beef.

Willms points out that these youth are participating on their own at these state livestock shows.

“So these youth did the paperwork, and the retinal imaging, and took pictures, and all that kind of stuff to be eligible to show (at the state livestock shows). So it’s not because you place a certain way at county fair, it’s your choice.”

Willms wishes all of the 4-H’ers the best of luck at the competitions at the State Fairgrounds in Des Moines.