Carbon County 4-H and FFA Fair Finds Success During Pandemic

By 
Eleanor Guerrero
CCN Senior Reporter
Thursday, July 30, 2020
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Breanna Blain showing her horse Rocket Photo by Amy Buessing

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(Left to right) Canine Judge Brooke Oei with competitor, Trevor Parker and his dog. Photo by Amy Buessing

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Delaney Klaussen came 2nd in Horse Showmanship. Photo by Amy Buessing

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Charlee Barnes helping her little sister Samantha Barnes during the lamb judging. Photo by Stacie Nardinger

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This quilt shows off (middle) Sydney Erickson's creatives skills. Also present (left to right) quilt judges Loribeth Evertz and Dawn Blain. Photo by Amy Buessing

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Kyelynn Coombe shows off her calf and Riley Tedessci shows his cow. The pair is owned by Riley Tedessci. Photo by Stacie Nardinger

It took grit, determination and skill but the Carbon County 4-H and Future Farmers of America Fair 2020 was a success all around as judged by locals’ comments and the participants. Even through the pandemic, at the County Fairgrounds above Red Lodge, the animals were shown, judges judged and the kids had a great time. Many sold their animals for a profit. Displays of horsemanship skills are always popular with the attendees and the participants. Inside the Fairground facility were a range of fascinating and often educating student projects including a tiny farm complete with hay bales
Stacie Nardinger, Horse Superintendent, and all round volunteer, whose husband is also Fair Board President said, “The fair started Monday with interview judging.  Masks were required by judges and kids. The kids had assigned time slots so we could safely follow the social distancing in the Edgar Gruel Building.  Tuesday was the dog show as well as the rabbit and poultry show.  Wednesday was the horse show.  Thursday was sheep and goat show in the morning.  The beef show was in the afternoon.   All the livestock shows besides swine were held in the outdoor arena to allow better spacing between spectators. The swine show was Friday.  The sale was virtual.”
Nardinger noted care was taken in this time of COVID-19. “The spectators that attended were largely family and friends.  All were cognizant to stay in family pods.  Many brought canopies to sit under.”  
She said, “The kids were really excited to have the fair.  There was a lot of positive comments about the revised schedule.  We many see some of these changes go into the next year.  There was a lot of kudos to the Carbon County Fair Board to work diligently to make this fair happen.”  
Said Amy Buessing, Board member, regarding the fourth and final day of the Fair which began on Thursday, July 24 and ended on Sunday, July 27, “Sheep, Goats, and Cattle! Another hot day in Red Lodge, and a lot of tough competitors!! What a tremendous bunch of kids we have around here!”

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