Livestock auction group looking for donations to help area youth

| September 10, 2020
The Friends of the Coshocton County Jr. Fair Livestock Auction fund group is back to once again support 4-H and FFA members who show and sell their animals at the fair.
The group formed last year with the purpose of establishing a pool of funds that will increase the overall sales at the junior fair livestock auction. Nineteen donations were received, and the group was able to help increase the prices of animals for five different junior fair participants.
“We aren’t going to buy specific animals,” said Sally Ellis, a member of the group. “We bump up the kids in lowest of each specifies.”
Last year 253 young people sold animal projects at the fair. Typically, the money the kids receive from the sale is used for helping to fund next year’s project and/or saved for future educational needs after their graduation.
This fund gives an opportunity to individuals who haven’t been involved as auction buyers in recent years, folks who are unfamiliar with the online auction format being used this year and folks who participated in the junior fair events in the past to “pay back” to the current group of youth with a contribution to this buyer’s pool.
There will be no live auction this year. Animal judging will take place, but exhibitors must maintain social distancing, and the animals will leave the fairgrounds immediately after the judging concludes. A photo of the exhibitor with his or her animals will be shown during the online virtual auction on Thursday, Oct. 8, where live auctioneers will sell via bids received from buyers participating through computer connections on the internet. Buyers will be able to place online bids beginning Tuesday, Oct. 6, and add-on bids will be accepted for each project until Thursday, Oct. 15. It is estimated 250 projects will be sold at this year’s auction.
All money contributed to the Friends of the Coshocton County Jr. Fair Livestock Auction fund will be used to bid or add on to bids for livestock projects. Animals that look to be sold at lower-than-average price for the sale will be the focus. Contributors to this fund will be listed after the fair in local media outlets.
Contributions may be sent to Friends of the Coshocton County Jr. Fair Livestock Auction, c/o Peoples Bank, 200 Main St., Coshocton, OH 43812.
For more information call Ellis at 740-545-6002 or 740-202-3429 or Carol Hadrosky at 740-623-0672.

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