Exhibit Hall closed to public

The Exhibit Hall was open for judging but will be closed to the public during this year's Sheridan County Fair. (Photo by Pat Blair)

Although the usual array of static exhibits – projects like sewing, raising vegetables, photography and such – are a part of judging in this year’s Sheridan County Fair, those projects won’t be on exhibit at the fairgrounds as in years past.

Erin Hinton, who’s a 4-H leader, said the Exhibit Hall is closed to the public this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. Still, she said, 4-H and FFA members seemed to be taking the new regulations in stride.

The Exhibit Hall was open Tuesday for 4-H static interviews and FFA Exhibit judging. Registration was at the doors into the building, and the youth were admitted only one at a time to meet the judges. Hinton was one of those helping with registration.

Youth register their static exhibits outside the Exhibit Hall Tuesday morning. (Photo by Pat Blair)

Also helping was Paige Padilla, a 4-H junior leader. Padilla said she’s entered visual arts projects in the past, but this year she’s focusing on her pigs and horses.

She said she thinks the fair this year has been easier for her than in years past.

Hinton said she thinks participation in static projects is down a little this year, but the numbers were still pretty good considering everything that’s happened because of the pandemic.

The fair continues this week and through next Monday, Aug. 3, when the market livestock sale caps the fair as it has in years past.

Fair events continue Wednesday with the pocket pet show at 9 a.m. and the cat show at 2 p.m.

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