The 30th annual dairy auction will take place next week


WOOSTER – This year’s dairy auction at the Wayne County Fair marks the 30th anniversary of community buyers who give back to county youth and their animals, but not all of the usual traditions will take place in due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Tanya Marty, Director of the Senior Fair Board and Liaison Officer for the Junior Fair Dairy Committee, shares what residents and other fair attendees can expect this year.

When and where?

The dairy auction takes place on Wednesday, September 16 at 11 a.m. and takes place at the Colosseum.

What is the dairy auction?

The dairy auction has a long tradition at the Wayne County Fair. The Dairy Showmanship Show ends at 11 a.m. for the auction, which typically lasts about 45 minutes.

The event began in 1990 and three items were auctioned off, raising $ 2,175, Marty said.

Last year, 20 items, priced from $ 600 to $ 5,000, were available to buyers. The auction raised a record $ 36,350.

The Junior Fair dairy committee is planning the auction. The money from the auction goes to the Junior Fair attendees – the children involved in the 4-H and FFA programs – who can use it to purchase supplies for their animals, or to feed, milk and work with them. animals.

“The dairy auction is about and for kids, and it warms my heart to see companies show their support for future leaders in our community,” Marty said, adding that this year’s money will benefit around 100 dairy exhibitors.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions issued by Governor Mike DeWine’s office, the 30th anniversary of this year’s auction will be limited in some ways.

Dairy committee members typically distribute grilled cheese sandwiches to attendees and buyers, as well as milk and ice cream donated by Smith’s Dairy, and sometimes other foods. They also run a milkshake stand.

“This year we won’t be able to (do any of that),” Marty said. “We will only be able to distribute bottled water to follow state mandates.”

What products will be available?

A variety of products, including many antiques, will be auctioned. This year, a few examples include the “Summer Pastures” acrylic painting donated by Lily Bickett and a 500-person ice cream party from Smith’s Dairy.

To see which products will be available for auction, visit the Facebook page.

How do you participate? Do you need to be there in person?

The auction will be live, Marty said, although more space will be used for people to physically distance themselves.

This year, the items will be auctioned off in the center of the arena, rather than using one end of the Colosseum. Some seats will be closed so that participants are more distant from each other.

New buyers must complete a registration card in advance. They are available at the OSU extension office, which people can reach by calling 330-264-8722, or by going to 428 W. Liberty St. Cards will also be in the Junior Fair office and at the registration table.

If people want to participate in the auction remotely, they can call ahead and share their buyer number, what product they want to bid on, and how much they are willing to spend. There will be no online auction.

Tom Stocksdale, a director of the Wayne County Fair board of directors, and Seth Andrews, auctioneer, can bid for buyers remotely.

To reach Stocksdale, call 330-464-7596. To reach Andrews, dial 330-601-0230.

The auction and the shows will be broadcast live on the Wayne County 4-H Ohio Facebook page.

“We want to keep everyone safe,” Marty said. “If they can’t do it or feel they shouldn’t come, but still want to see their grandson’s show, they can do it via the livestream. We’ve never done that. before, then we hope all goes well. “

What else do you need to know?

All persons entering the exhibition grounds must wear a face mask. This is especially important inside buildings and tight spaces, Marty said.

Like everywhere else, festival-goers should keep 6 feet away.

She recommended that people take their temperatures and check for symptoms of COVID-19 before coming to the fair.

Contact Valérie at [email protected] On Twitter @valerieroyzman.

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