Woodbury County Fairgrounds to host 4-H and FFA expo

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MOVILLE, Iowa (KCAU) – This week the Woodbury County Fair board announced the fair has been postponed until 2021.

However, the Woodbury County 4-H and FFA Expo will take place at the Woodbury County Fairgrounds as originally scheduled. The event will not be open to the public due to COVID-19 concerns. Only family members of the students will be allowed entry.

“I did want it to look like a normal fair. I wanted to eat all the food and ride all the rides, but I’m just grateful we get to show our animals,” said Bailey McKenna, a member of the Woodbury County 4-H club.

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach announced on Thursday the Woodbury County Fairgrounds gave them the green light to host an expo for 4-H and FFA students.

“Even though the fair was canceled, you know these kids have been putting in this work and we really wanted to give them an opportunity to show their hard work,” said Kevin Pottebaum with the Woodbury County Iowa State Extension office.

However, the exhibits will be a bit different this year for participants and their families due to COVID-19.

“This expo is just going to be for the exhibitors and their families. It’s not going to be open to the public. I know it’s going to be disappointing for a lot of people, but we just wanted to make sure these kids were going to be able to show,” said Pottebaum.

“So, we will bring in all the equipment that we need and our animals. Then we will wash them there, get them ready, and show them that day, then go home. So, it’s not like the fairs we usually know where we stay there for the week. It will be a quick in-and-out deal,” said McKenna.

McKenna said she is staying optimistic even with all the new changes in place this year.

“It is my last year showing, but I’m excited we get to show our livestock and it will still be fun no matter what,” said McKenna.

The Iowa State University Extension office is expecting $20,000 worth of costs to put on the expo event. The goal is to raise $10,000 in donations from the community. Click here for the link to make a donation.

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