Arlington’s Luke Collins and Rio’s Maycee Wells were among 36 youths from across the upper Midwest to receive recognition for their achievements in fair projects from Compeer Financial and its Blue Ribbon Project this year.

Now in its second year, the Blue Ribbon Project was created as a way to support youth who had their fairs cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19.

“Youth across our territory of Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin work hard on their fair projects, and learn a lot along the way,” said John Monson, chief mission and marketing officer at Compeer Financial.

Young people across Compeer’s 144-county territory were encouraged to submit photos and descriptions of their fair projects, and to explain what it meant to them. Winners received $100, plus an additional $100 to a charity of their choice. Winners were chosen based on age and geographic location.

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