4-Hers show virtually at state level
Showing at the Minnesota State Fair was out of the question for hundreds of 4-Hers across the state this year because of COVID-19. But they still had the opportunity to show, though it looked very differently than it has in the past.
Hannah Parrish of the Owatonna Victory Boosters quickly found that out. She won a trip with her performing arts speech, which she recorded on video and submitted to the state for virtual judging. She entered a four-minute humorous interpretation speech called, “Seriously Cinderella is so annoying.”
Unlike the judging she has done in the past, there was no in-person conference with the judge and other 4-Hers. Despite no conference judging, Parrish earned a blue ribbon for her efforts.
Not being able to go to the State Fair this year was “pretty sad,” Parrish confessed. This year would have been her third trip to the State Fair. “I get so much inspiration from seeing all the other projects,” she said. And, she quickly added, “I love the fair food.”
Parrish got a taste of in-person judging at the Steele County 4-H Show, even though that was also very different. Along with there being no county fair, 4-Hers were allowed into the exhibit area one at a time with their face masks in place. The 4-H members also had to follow social distancing guidelines and sanitize their hands, chairs and the table after showing. “They did a very good job making sure everyone was safe,” she said.
Besides taking part in performing arts, Parrish also showed her 5-year-old Border Collie dog, Colbie, on the county level. During the summer, she usually practices obedience at least once a day. She attended obedience training once a week.
With both shows behind her, it’s not hard for Parrish to pick her favorite way of showing. “I still prefer to do it in person,” she said. “It’s another chance to get up with your friends.”
Parrish, who has been in 4-H for five years, plans to continue with the program. “It’s very fun, virtual or not,” she says.
Next year she hopes to explore the photography project.
Asked about her favorite experience in 4-H, Parrish said, “I just really enjoy the county fair. All the new people you get to meet.”
She credits her parents, Dianna and Chad, with getting her into 4-H. “I have enjoyed it ever since,” she said.
Parrish is in eighth grade at Owatonna Middle School.