Kersley 4-H Club member Zackery Wiebe, who is in his first year of 4-H, shows his guinea pig Tornado while judge Lisa Bredsteen asks him questions during the 4-H show Saturday, Aug. 24 at the 2019 Quesnel Fall Fair. The 4-H program in Quesnel is continuing, with modifications due to COVID-19. (Quesnel Cariboo Observer file photo)

Quesnel and District 4-H program continuing with modifications due to COVID-19

The 2020 Show and Sale, scheduled for Aug. 21-23 may be conducted virtually

It may look a lot different than the community is used to, but the 4-H Program in Quesnel is continuing to plan its 2020 Show and Sale, which is scheduled for Aug. 21-23.

Currently, members continue their hard work and dedication to their 4-H projects from home under the supervision of their parents. This is to reduce face-to-face contact with leaders and do their part to help flatten the curve during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Although Quesnel and District 4-H has been unable to provide certain elements of the program such as communications (public speaking and demonstrations) and the yearly judging rally, the Show and Sale for 2020 will be continuing as planned – even if it must be conducted virtually, according to a news release.

“It is important for us to offer as many opportunities to our youth members as we can and provide them with the tools in their tool box to become confident, self-assured members of our community, and to help shape them into the future farmer of tomorrow,” Cody Dillabough, one of the district’s key leaders, said in the release.

Quesnel and District 4-H would like to thank the community for its continued dedication to the 4-H program.

“Our members work very hard on their 4-H projects throughout the year, including some that started before the pandemic hit,” said Erin Kishkan, key leader with the Quesnel 4-H District. “Leaders, parents and volunteers are currently working on a plan to ensure they are able to show off their achievements in compliance with the advice of the health authorities but allows them to be recognized for their efforts. 4-H is about developing leaders, children who will become contributing members of society, critical thinkers and problem solvers. Guiding them through these unprecedented times will only strengthen these attributes.”

More information on the exact dynamic of the 4-H Show and Sale will be released in the coming months.

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