They may not be gracing the halls and arenas of any fairgrounds in this era of COVID-19, but that doesn’t mean this year’s crop of 4-H exhibits will go unnoticed.

Becker County 4-H this week unveiled its “2020 Virtual Showcase,” a collection of results and exhibits from local club members. From general project exhibits like photography and quilting to livestock exhibits like beef, dairy and beyond, all the usual categories are there.

Junior Division Pet Show winner, Taylor Schauer, with her prizewinning ferret.
Junior Division Pet Show winner, Taylor Schauer, with her prizewinning ferret.

The virtual showcase features clickable links for each of the 17 categories. These links lead to Google Slides presentations with more information about the entries in each category, including 4-H club member names, photos and, in some cases, videos.

Leigh Nelson, the local Extension Educator for 4-H Youth Development, said entries were judged through the online system over the week of July 20. Kids submitted photos of their projects and answered questions either in writing or via video.

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Over 200 projects were entered into the virtual showcase.

“Youth met with the judges in each project area via Zoom conferences the week of July 27 to share and provide further understanding of their projects,” Nelson wrote in an email to the Tribune. “The judges awarded ribbons based on their exhibits and Zoom conferences and placings were announced via email, web, and social media.”

Winning youth are now eligible to enter their projects in a virtual statewide showcase, which is substituting for the Minnesota State Fair this year. The state fair and county fairs across Minnesota were canceled this year due to the pandemic.

Camden Kleven, of the Franklin 4-H Club, was a winner in the beginner's division of the Engineering Design category with this LEGO Boost robot creation.
Camden Kleven, of the Franklin 4-H Club, was a winner in the beginner's division of the Engineering Design category with this LEGO Boost robot creation.
A message on the Becker County showcase's main page thanks participants for their extra work to make this year’s exhibits happen: “Thank you for sharing your skills, knowledge, time, and projects with all of us! Your willingness to learn, adapt, and overcome challenges, exemplify qualities of 4-H youth.”

All are welcome to check out the virtual showcase.