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Harrison County fair-goers may want to grab a seat early for livestock sale

READY FOR THE SALE — Addie Edwards, a member of the Cadiz Ranchers 4-H Club, gives her market goat a haircut during last year’s fair. (File photo)

CADIZ — The Harrison County Agriculture Society has been working hard with local and state officials to plan a safe Harrison County Junior Fair and Junior Livestock Sale for the 4-H and FFA members who have worked through many months to bring a livestock project to fruition and bring the chosen livestock project to the junior fair sale.

The sale is scheduled to be held at 1 p.m. June 26 at the sale barn.

The event will be held in conjunction with the Harrison County Health Department and in compliance with Gov. Mike DeWine’s current county fair guidelines.

Along with the junior and senior fair guidelines they have been able to develop a market animal exhibitor and sale schedule.

The schedule includes:

≤ June 23: All market animals must be in place at 7 p.m., with weigh-in at 8 p.m. There is no weigh-in fee.

≤ June 24: Opening ceremonies are scheduled for 9 a.m. A market hog show in the main barn at 10 a.m., market poultry show in old arena at noon and dairy feeders and market steers in the main barn at 6 p.m.

≤ June 25: Market lamb show will be held at 10 a.m. at the main barn, the market rabbit show at noon in the old arena and market goat show at 6 p.m. in the main barn.

≤ June 26: The livestock sale is at 1 p.m. There will be no animals present for the sale. There will be no physical contact among judges, exhibitors, buyers or sellers, such as congratulatory hugs, handshakes or high-fives.

The order of the sale is rabbits, chickens, ducks, turkeys, goats, lambs, hogs, dairy feeders and steers. There will not be the usual sale of beef feeders or dairy baskets from members taking dairy projects. Buyers can view the animals before the sale by walking though the livestock barns but should remember to maintain social distancing.

There will be limited seating in the sale area as the building will be at 50 percent capacity. Only one buyer will be permitted into the sale per buyer’s number. The commercial building will be open for additional guests or anyone wishing to take a break from the sale. Buyers are recommend to bring their own masks and practice distancing while at the sale.

As there will be no animals in the ring during the sale, it is predicted that the sale will progress much faster than normal, so buyers should plan for time changes. There will be a 10-minute break between each species. Due to health department recommendations, there will be no dinner served at the sale as in previous years. Limited concessions will be available on the fairgrounds.

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