Each year, our 4-H members look forward to the Hubbard County Fair.

For many, the county fair is a time to reflect upon and showcase the time, effort and learning they have put into their 4-H projects throughout the year.

Although project judging took place virtually this year, 4-H remained committed to ensuring youth had high quality learning opportunities.

As part of the virtual judging experience, youth had the opportunity to engage in discussion about their projects with a qualified judge. Through live Zoom conversations, judges provided positive feedback that reinforced youth learning and encouraged them to continue working toward mastery.

This year, youth showcased projects in a variety of areas, including photography, crafts and fine arts, food and nutrition, and livestock.

Daisy S., who earned a Grand Champion ribbon for her shop project, said, "The judges did an amazing job" and overall, virtual judging was a "great experience."

Kady L., with her Grand Champion fashion review project, said of her judging experience, "I think that overall it went really well for this being something new that no one is used to doing. The judges had good feedback and gave suggestions on how to improve."

Kady L.'s fashion sense shone through. She was grand champion in the fashion review clothes you buy category. (Submitted photo)
Kady L.'s fashion sense shone through. She was grand champion in the fashion review clothes you buy category. (Submitted photo)

Exhibitors noted liking the ability to talk one on one with a judge without the added distraction and pressure of others waiting in line behind them.

One exhibitor stated, "I honestly just liked my judges this year! They seemed a lot more understanding, despite only being able to see pictures and videos of the projects."

Parents noted judges ability to give each youth more time and to truly focus discussion around individualized feedback that was constructive.

Kimberly O. won Grand Champion with her craft project. (Submitted photo)
Kimberly O. won Grand Champion with her craft project. (Submitted photo)

To see all projects exhibited this year, check out the Hubbard County 4-H Virtual Showcase website: https://hubbardcounty4-h.wixsite.com/virtualshowcase.

This year's showcase was certainly different but we are grateful to the many families, volunteers, judges and fair board members who helped make the virtual judging experience one of true value.

Karsen J. displays his Cloverbud project. (Submitted photo)
Karsen J. displays his Cloverbud project. (Submitted photo)

If you have children interested in joining 4-H, learn more at the UMN Extension 4-H website (https://extension.umn.edu/4-h/about-4-h) or call the Extension office at 218-732-3391.