Large Group Livestock Members

Large group livestock members pose for a photo.

County fairs across the region have been canceled due to the ongoing global health pandemic. This includes Charles County’s 4-H Livestock show and sale.

According to a news release from the University of Maryland Extension of Charles County, for selling purposes, 4-H members will be required to do so through private treaty. Sale of the animals will be arranged directly between buyers and 4-H members.

According to the release, a 4-H’er will be able to show off their animals and give people the opportunity to “see the youth and their animals.” The animals will then be showcased at

Bonnie Boyden, program management specialist for the University of Maryland Extension Charles County, told Southern Maryland News that this will be a learning experience for the kids.

Sydney Garner, 18 — a senior at La Plata High School and a 4-H’er — told Southern Maryland News the cancellation was needed to be done for safety reasons.

Her best memory from the past events, she said, is growing up with all of her friends from age 8.

”The people that I’ve grown up with... We all started doing this since we were 8. We all have a love for agriculture and animals.” Garner has been accepted to the University of Kentucky where she plans to focus her studies on agriculture.

For more information contact Bonnie Boyden at or call 301 934-5404 ext 401.

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