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4-H’ers deserve recognition, even without the fair

This is the week when local 4-Hers would have been making final arrangements on details for their annual Trumbull County Fair appearance.

These youngsters would have been preparing to showcase their exhibits, and by next week, sleeping in the fairground barns with the animals they’ve raised for livestock auction.

Unfortunately, the traditional Trumbull County Fair — including the display of projects and the sale of livestock raised by area youth — is not to be this year, another victim of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Just like the junior fair members, we are sorely disappointed with that decision.

The lack of a Trumbull County Fair this year is in no way an indication of the hard work these young people have done all year, and we salute them for the lessons they’ve learned along the way.

We are pleased the fair board has taken steps to provide some type of recognition for the kids and their projects — especially high school seniors who may not have another opportunity to participate as a 4-H member. The Trumbull County Fair Board voted to hold several events July 4, including a parade to honor local junior fair members and the 4-H projects they completed.

The day also will serve as a celebration for the 25 high school senior members of the junior fair with displays, the parade, food vendors and a fireworks display.

We understand a vast majority of livestock has already been sold by many 4-H’ers. Good for them!

Still, those 4-H members are being encouraged to participate by showcasing photographs of the livestock they raised and sold this year.

As we all know, most young people are resilient. We know they will bounce back and move on to setting and achieving their next goals.

We believe, however, they deserve a salute and recognition for their hard work. At least the coronavirus pandemic won’t rob them of that.

editorial@tribtoday.com

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