Even though many county fairs around the state have been canceled, supporters of youth exhibitors have found creative ways to still let kids show, sell, or in some cases do both. After the Rock County Fair was called off in late May, the Rock County Youth Ag Supporters got together and hatched a plan for a virtual meat sale. In this sale, buyers will be bidding to “sponsor” an exhibitor rather buy the meat.
According to a letter sent to potential buyers, “an online sponsorship auction has been created in place of the traditional sale” and will be held online. The letter continues by saying “each participant will have their name, picture, and club name for viewing.” Leanne Hoffman of the Rock County Youth Ag Exhibitors says this is an effort to help kids recoup some of the costs incurred by raising livestock. If you’d like to purchase a market animal for meat, you can reach out to [email protected], but the online auction is just for “sponsoring” an exhibitor.
Registration and viewing for this sale will begin on July 15th at 8:00 AM and the sale will begin on July 27th at 8:00 AM. The sale will end at Noon on July 31st. You can pay by credit card on the sale site. For more information and registration, click right here. As Hoffman and the letter both say, things may look a little different this year but “together we can continue our community’s long standing tradition of supporting our youth.”
If you are a Rock County exhibitor and would like to register for this online auction, you can do so by visiting the Rock County 4-H’s Facebook page. According to Hoffman, “the requirement for those kids signing up is that they must have been enrolled, registered and got tags for the (Rock) County Fair. We are asking for one submission per kid (not per animal).” Registration closes on July 6th.