JEFFERSON — The Ashtabula County 4-H Foundation has been forced to cancel it’s Night at the Races due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Night at the Races was scheduled for Oct. 3, after organizers had to cancel the event in April.

AC4HF President Jim Butler said he’s very disappointed.

“The Night at the Races was just another way for us to expand the Foundation and raise necessary funds to grow,” he said. “The event was a totally different crowd than at other traditional AC4HF events.”

The Foundation has been trying to reach out in other ways to get support rather than going back to the same people.

“Other fundraisers normally held include the annual Pig Roast and Auction in September, the Joe Bodnar Memorial Golf Outing in June, and raffling off a large item. This year, the Foundation had plans to raffle a Bad Boy zero-turn mower but that also had to be placed on hold because of the inability to sell tickets in person.

“Tickets that were purchased for the April 2020 event will be carried over to 2021,” Butler said. “Anyone who wishes to have there money back can obviously request a refund. What we have been hearing though, is that people just want to come have a fun night out, and we don’t expect many refund requests.”

Butler hopes 2021 will be a big year for the Foundation.

“We are anxious to get back on track and move forward with our larger plans,” he said. “Regardless of how long this takes to get through, the Foundation will be there in 2021 to support our local youth. Anyone wishing to help in any way, please contact any member of the Foundation, or go to our website at ac4hf.com.”

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