The entire community was heartbroken in May when the county’s biggest event of the year — the Davis County Fair — had to be cancelled due to the pandemic.

But within hours, the Extension Council, ISU Extension employees, 4-H leaders, FFA sponsors, the Davis County Fair Board, and many other organizations and individuals began organizing a concerted effort to provide Davis County’s young people with the opportunity to show off the hard work and dedication they had invested in their projects.

The weeklong series of livestock shows and the judging of the static exhibits in the 4-H Building this month seemed to go off without a hitch, the kids enjoyed being together once again, and barn superintendents heard many expressions of gratitude from kids and parents alike.

The outstanding exhibits will move on to a State Show held on the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

The week climaxed when members of the public and local businesses attended the Livestock Auction on Saturday and, despite the economic hardships experienced since the outbreak of COVID-19 in March, cumulatively bid more than $50,000 above market price on the livestock sold.

The weeklong experience lifted the spirits of Davis Countyans during a critical time and reminded everyone that the people in this community are very caring, compassionate, and know how to work together to achieve a common goal — in this case supporting Davis County’s most important asset, its youth.