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San Mateo County 4-H Virtual Livestock Show

Interview with Parker, Pacifica 4-H

With the shelter in place order due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we did not have a County Fair this year. The county fair would have been a way for our 4-H’ers to show and demonstrate what they learned in their animal projects. Our 4-H Youth Development Program came up with a way for our 4-H’ers to virtually demonstrate their knowledge and end the year with a little competition. Here’s an interview with one of our 4-H members on her experience entering into the San Mateo County 4-H Virtual Livestock Show.
My name is Parker. I am fourteen years old and just completed my fifth year with the Pacifica 4-H Club. This summer I competed in the San Mateo County Virtual Livestock Show in two categories - Market Turkey and Dairy Goat. My turkey won Grand Champion and my American Alpine dairy goat placed third.
Parker_Alpine Goat
How did you prepare for the virtual show?
I scheduled a time and place with our project leaders to make the videos, using our club's farm and a great time of day. Then I made sure my animals were show ready like they would be for fair - cleaning, trimming, practicing, leading and flipping. Then I reviewed the video requirements and practiced my videos a few times since you couldn't do any edits.

Did you like doing the videos?

The videos were fun and interesting, but not more fun than being in the ring. I guess you can re-do them if something really went bad.


How was your overall experience?

I was pretty bummed that we could not do a county fair, but this was not bad. Receiving the judges' feedback after the show was really great so I could improve for future shows and share with our club project members. Special thanks to the judges and whoever helped put that program together!

All of the entries/photos and results can be found in our presentation on June 22: 2020 San Mateo County 4-H Virtual Livestock Show presentation. We are also very thankful to our volunteers as well as our donors who made it possible for us to provide awards and recognitions. With all the positive feedback we’ve received from our 4-H families, this may become an annual tradition.