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  • Statewide virtual showcase provides opportunity for Michigan youth to shine

    Published on July 22, 2021
    Michigan State Fair and Michigan State University Extension partner to provide online showcase and scholarships for youth.

  • Michigan 4-H Guidance for Working with Fair Partners in 2021

    Published on February 25, 2021
    MSU Extension and Michigan 4-H are preparing to support fair partners in a variety of ways. The following scenarios are examples of how we will work with fair management needs for 2021.

  • 2020 Michigan State Fair 4-H & Youth Virtual Showcase

    Published on December 11, 2020
    In 2020, Michigan State University Extension partnered with the Michigan State Fair to create the Michigan State Fair 4-H & Youth Virtual Showcase.

  • 2020 4-H Virtual Learning Showcase & Auctions

    Published on December 11, 2020
    When the COVID-19 pandemic led to the cancellation of many Michigan fairs, MSU Extension and Michigan 4-H teamed up with local community partners to provide an online platform that supported the 4-H experience and continued longtime traditions.

  • Support Michigan 4-H and purchase locally sourced protein and crafts through virtual auctions

    Published on July 23, 2020
    Though not the same as the county fair, 4-H virtual learning showcases and auctions provide a space for youth to demonstrate their mastery of skills developed in 4-H, as well as to market and sell their 4-H projects.

  • 4-H Virtual Showcase Open Registration Welcome Message

    Published on July 8, 2020
    Sending an introductory message when opening the FairEntry process is a great opportunity to welcome participants with positivity and share resources that will assist them in being successful. Below is an example of a message that can be customized.

  • 4-H Virtual Showcase: Language for Fair Books and Exhibitors about Video and Photo Requirements

    Published on June 26, 2020
    The following is suggested language for staff to utilize when updating fair books or communicating with exhibitors. These suggestions are only a starting point for staff; the text should reflect the requirements of your own virtual learning showcase.

  • 4-H Virtual Auction: Sample Buyers Letter

    Published on June 25, 2020
    This document is a sample for counties to use when communicating with their buyers about the virtual auction. Each county will need to customize the information to fit the format of their auction, paying particular attention to the areas in yellow.

  • 4-H Virtual Auction Explanation for Youth Marketing Projects

    Published on June 23, 2020
    Youth who plan to sell a livestock or still project at a virtual auction will find answers to their frequently asked questions in this helpful document.

  • 4-H Virtual Auction Add-Ons

    Published on June 23, 2020
    An add-on is a sum of money donated by an individual, business, agency or organization to the youth seller in a virtual auction. This document will answer frequently asked questions about the add-on feature of online sales.

  • Keeping Youth Safe Virtually: Best Practices

    Published on June 18, 2020
    When engaging youth in virtual learning experiences, it is important to consider youth safety. These best practices should be considered by youth as they engage in online experiences, as well as parents, guardians, volunteers and other adults.

  • 4-H Cloverbud Project Learning Reflection

    Published on June 17, 2020
    Cloverbuds participating in the virtual learning showcase will be asked to reflect on their experiences. The questions will be asked as part of the FairEntry process and should be considered in advance of entering classes online.

  • 4-H Virtual Auction Resources and Documents

    Published on June 8, 2020
    Youth participants and potential buyers will find these helpful resources and documents useful as they prepare for virtual auction opportunities.

  • 4-H Virtual Auction: Potential Buyer FAQ

    Published on June 4, 2020
    Answers to some of the most commonly asked questions by parties interested in bidding on and purchasing items in online auctions.

  • 4-H Virtual Auction FAQ

    Published on June 4, 2020
    Auction coordinators and MSU Extension staff will find the answers to many of their questions regarding virtual auctions. Also includes FAQs for potential buyers and youth.

  • 4-H Virtual Auctions: Youth Participant FAQ

    Published on June 4, 2020
    Answers to some of the most commonly asked questions by youth participants taking part in an online auction.

  • Getting Started Checklist for MSU Extension Staff

    Published on June 3, 2020
    This resource will be helpful to MSU Extension staff interested in creating a virtual learning showcase or auction via FairEntry.

  • Virtual Horse Show Considerations

    Published on June 1, 2020
    Coordinating a virtual horse exhibition for youth will be much different than coordinating an in-person event. It is important to consider several elements before getting started.

  • 4-H Project Learning Reflection

    Published on June 1, 2020
    Youth utilizing virtual learning showcase experiences will be asked to reflect on questions to highlight life skills developed through the project area. The following questions are recommended for use as part of the FairEntry process.

  • Tips for Taking Photos and Video

    Published on June 1, 2020
    Michigan 4-H members taking part in a virtual learning showcase or auction can utilize these helpful tips to make the most of their virtual entries.