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Murray County Fair postponed until 2021

Murray County 4-H Families,

This summer has been one of many questions and not enough answers,  4-H is no exception.  As Extension staff, we’re trying to keep you updated as changes occur. 

The Murray County Fair Board met Thursday, June 11 and has decided to postpone the 2020 Murray County Fair until summer, 2021.  What does this mean for 4-H families?  

  1. Murray County 4-H will still offer project judging this summer.   A virtual judging option for 4-H members in all project areas will be offered.  We’re also planning achievement days for in-person project judging.  Some families are not yet comfortable with in-person events, such as achievement days.  Members may participate in a virtual option (photos/videos) and projects will be judged as if they were attending in-person.  It will not affect your opportunity to earn ribbons, premiums, champion/reserve honors, or qualify for state fair competitions.
  2. FairEntry will be open June 15-July 15 for exhibit registration.   FairEntry will look very similar to last year.  For those who choose to exhibit virtually, we’ll require photos and/or video uploads using Flipgrid (general projects) or Smugmug (animals). We’re asking you to be confident that you’ll follow through with projects registered in FairEntry.  We may be  limited on the number of people we can have at in-person judging events; exhibit numbers entered in FairEntry will be more important than in years past for planning purposes.  
  3. Project  judging will be held between August 3 – August 14 for both in-person achievement days or if utilizing virtual options.  We’ll send out schedules of judging days/times prior to August 1 for family planning.  


  1. Families will be required to follow social distancing rules, including wearing masks, hand washing, and helping to sanitize areas upon completion.  Members (including family) will be asked to leave achievement days if not willing to follow UMN Extension/CDC guidelines.
  2. Members/families will be expected to leave the fairgrounds after judging unless participating in another show.  While we would love to stay and cheer on fellow 4-H’ers, we need to limit numbers and follow  safety guidelines.  Spectators will not be permitted.  
  3. Food and beverages may not be available for purchase at achievement days.  Please plan ahead and bring your own.
  4. There will be no stalling livestock overnight.
  5. Murray County will be hosting a no-fit show.   We will not allow any type of washing or grooming chutes on the fairgrounds.  Animals will need to be tied to or housed in trailers when not in the arena.  You are responsible for providing all necessary equipment for the safety of your animal.   Water for livestock will be available.  
  6. We will need families to volunteer their time to make achievement days happen.  We may be short on static judges.  We may need people willing to clean bathrooms, tables, chairs, or any touchable surface.   
  7. The Murray County Fair Board will support Murray County 4-H with premiums and judges fees, as well as volunteering to help with achievement days.  Postponing the fair was a hard decision, but their first question was “how can we help 4-H?”  Fair Board, county commissioners, and county staff have been very supportive; please express your appreciation to them.

We’ll share details about judging options via email. 

Thank you all for your patience and cooperation this summer.  We’re confident that Murray County families will pull together and be willing to do whatever it takes to give 4-H members an opportunity to “make the best better.”

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please reach out to any of us and we would be happy to help.  

Murray County Extension staff:  Melissa Runck, Kim Hause, Nancy Pieske, and  Regan Davis