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County 4-H Weighs Options After Fair Cancellation

Anna Carlberg, 4-H Dairy Program member, at the Chautauqua County Fair showing her prize and her calf in 2019. Submitted photo

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County supports the Chautauqua County Fair Board decision to postpone the fair until 2022 for the health and safety of our community. CCE 4-H recognizes that during these continued times of uncertainty, it can be difficult to plan, afford, and host a large scale in-person event.

Chautauqua County 4-H youth however have been working since November on a variety of projects and are raising livestock and pets for competition and showcase at such an event. So, the cancellation of County Fair for the second year in a row can seem overwhelming. 4-H Staff, with immense support from the volunteers in the program, are making plans to support the youth with a scaled down opportunity.

Plans are being forged for a Chautauqua County 4-H youth only project exhibition and livestock event. The goal is to give the youth an opportunity to finish an animal for market, showcase a breeding animal and hone their animal handling and showmanship skills.

The 4-H Program is one of many programs offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County (CCE-Chautauqua). CCE-Chautauqua is a subordinate governmental agency with an educational mission that operates under a form of organization and administration approved by Cornell University as agent for the State of New York. It is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The association is part of the national cooperative extension system, an educational partnership between County, State, and Federal governments. As New York’s land grant university Cornell administers the system in this state. Each Cornell Cooperative Extension association is an independent employer that is governed by an elected Board of Directors with general oversight from Cornell. All associations work to meet the needs of the counties in which they are located as well as state and national goals. For more information, call 716-664-9502 or visit our website at www.cce.cornell.edu/chautauqua. Cornell University Cooperative Extension provides equal program and employment opportunities.

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