Pinal County Fair
4-H Participation in Pinal County Fair Canceled
Attention 4-H Families & Friends,
Following consultation with many individuals and after reviewing guidance that has come from Extension Administration today to cancel any events and activities that are not essential, the following decisions relative to 4-H participation at the Pinal County Fair this coming week:
4-H Building Exhibits will not be judged and displayed and 4-H Small Stock exhibits/shows/events will not take place; in addition Shooting Sports, Rocketry, and Dog events will also not take place.
Extension staff and volunteers will not actively participate in the Fair, although we will set up displays and provide educational literature for the public that attends the Fair (and someone will check and replenish such items daily).
The decision concerning large animal shows and events at the Fair does not fall under the purview of Cooperative Extension, but instead are the responsibility of the Pinal County Fair Board. If the Fair Board and Junior Livestock Committee decide to proceed, then it will be the responsibility of each family to make their own decision about participation.
For families who have paid for camping, if you are only showing Small Stock, I have been told you will most likely be refunded your fees. That is a transaction between the family and the fair. They will be open tomorrow, and of course throughout the coming week.
We will be having a meeting to decide how to move forward with the Expo Event and include as many of the canceled 4-H Fair activities as is possible.
I am sorry to have to make this decision, but as our administration has said, the COVID-19 situation is unique in our experience and currently there are more questions than answers. However, the current guidance I have received makes clear what I should do in this instance. If you have any questions, please let me know.
Cathy L. Martinez, Ph.D., Director and
Family, Consumer, & Health Science Agent
University of Arizona, Pinal County Cooperative Extension
820 E Cottonwood Lane, Building C
Casa Grande, AZ 85122