Putnam County 4-H fair canceled amidst pandemic

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PUTNAM COUNTY – The Putnam County 4-H Fair has been canceled for the first time in its 48-year history, according to Putnam’s 4-H Director, Dena Altavilla. “We’ve held it rain or shine, scorching hot temperatures, some storms where the wind gusts pulled the tent poles out of the ground, but we carried on!” said Altavilla. The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County’s Board of Directors made the difficult decision to cancel the fair due to concerns regarding the coronavirus, according to Altavilla. 

According to Stefanie Hubert, CCEPC Executive Director, “The planning was well underway for this years’ Fair, but CCE prioritizes the health, safety, and well-being of the communities we serve,” when announcing the cancelation. 

“The Putnam County 4H Fair showcases the best of our communities,” Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell said. “Every summer the fair brings families together for good food, live music and fun times, while youngsters get a chance to display their leadership skills. We will certainly miss it this year, but I know that when the 4H Fair returns next year, it will be the best one yet.” 

For information about Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County’s community programs and events go to putnam.cce.cornell.edu/.