Clayton County 4-H and FFA Achievement Show Leverages Broadband to Thrive Despite Pandemic Woes

August 28, 2020

Clayton County ISU Extension and Outreach had a few worries as they pivoted from the traditional county fair to an Achievement Show format in August 2020 – but internet connectivity was not one of them.   As they have done for previous county fairs, the organization turned to Alpine Communications for broadband and telephone services for quality connections.       

Holly Loan, Clayton County Extension Director, shared why Alpine Communications broadband services are integral to the event’s success. “Clayton County Extension and Outreach Staff and volunteers use broadband to check-in 4-H and FFA projects, create show programs and record awards. Without internet access, we would not be able to run our event from the fairgrounds. We can have many people working with us in our internet-based system to make the event a success. We are even able to start printing show programs at our office from the fairgrounds!”

Photo Credit: Clayton County ISU Extension and Outreach

Holly worked with Alpine’s broadband techs to ensure WiFi service was available for the staff to use throughout the Clayton County Fairgrounds, including the show ring, Barn A office, and the Exhibit Hall for exhibit judging and livestock check-ins.  Despite the challenges that COVID-19 presented to Clayton County ISU Extension and Outreach, the show attracted over 1,700 exhibits for the six-day competition in National, Iowa.

As the “Official Communications Provider” to the Clayton County Fair for over 20 years, the Alpine team had the facilities, equipment, and expertise to help the staff and participants connect the way they wanted to.

The support of Clayton County 4-H extends beyond the annual fair for Alpine Communications. Loan shared why she values connecting with a local company that is invested in the community. “We enjoy all of the support Alpine gives Clayton County Extension and Outreach. They installed a new phone system in our office that has worked well. They have provided our internet access at the fair for five years, which allowed us to transition and use our web-based program to more efficiently run our event at the fairgrounds,” explained Holly.

She continued, “Alpine Communications has been accommodating whenever we have needed assistance at our office or the fairgrounds.” 

Coordinators, community members, 4-H clubs, FFA chapters, and families devote countless hours of preparation to Clayton County ISU Extension and Outreach events throughout the year.  Alpine believes agriculture and youth programs thrive with connectivity. How can Alpine Communications help you succeed?

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