It can be heartbreaking. I poulled my boy from his first year of mini 4H. He is over it but then again he did not have a lot fully invested yet. FOr a child that might have won for year after year and it is their last year, I can see some devastation. Maybe a video entry could be offered up instead. If the fair board could be talked into it, it would be fun for fair attenders too.
I plan to take him to see 1 county fair but it is far enough away that we will stop for a sandwich or something on the way home and get all cleaned up miles from the house.