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Madison Fisher, a member of the Alden Active Achievers 4-H Club, calms her rabbit before showing at the 2020 Hardin County Fair last week. In the background, Payton Pekarek, a member of the Union Whitten Hustlers 4-H Club also awaits judging.

The 2020 Hardin County Fair was in danger this year. The coronavirus pandemic closed schools, businesses and churches in March and April. But as restrictions started lifting in May, many of town festivals and fairs started making alternative plans.

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Jordan Chavira had quite the Fair, earning nine purple ribbons with his sheep. He was also named the Champion Junior Showman.

For the fair, that meant no midway and no grandstand events. Instead, just like when exhibitions of agriculture began more than 150 years ago, it was all about the animals.

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The Hardin County Fair had a different look this year. Gone were the spectators, the midway activities and grandstand entertainment. Instead, this year's fair focused on the youth exhibitors.

Bobbi Finarty

Bobbi Finarty enjoyed her first Hardin County Fair as the Hardin County ISU Extension Director. She said the fair was different than normal, but was important to have.

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