Youths across rural America faced disappointment this year when their fairs were cancelled or went virtual because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Knowing the importance of county and state fairs to young people in their territory, Compeer Financial stepped in to recognize the hard work youths put into their fair projects. In June, Compeer unveiled the Blue Ribbon Project, a contest for youths to submit their fair projects for a chance to win prizes.

“Compeer remains a strong supporter of youth agriculture programs across our territory,” said John Monson, chief mission and marketing officer at Compeer Financial. “With many summer events being canceled, including county and state fairs, our team wanted to still be able to recognize and support the hard work of 4-H and FFA members with the Blue Ribbon Project Contest.”

(Please see the September 3 issue of the Tri-County News for more on this story.)

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