A letter from the Board of Directors:
Dear Junior Livestock Show Supporter,
We need your help. The COVID 19 Pandemic has canceled most spring and summer events at the Tri-County Fairgrounds. We are self-funded and most of our revenue is generated from these events. To date, our total revenue loss is $305,341. We’ve been informed by the state that there are no emergency funds coming our way to help offset our loss. Despite this catastrophic loss, there’s one event we will save and not cancel, and that is the 2020 Junior Livestock Show & Sale.
We don’t know at this time if the sale will be the traditional in person show, or if we have to follow most Fairs and create a virtual show and online sale. That will be decided very soon. Since we are a District Agricultural Association, we have to follow the guidance of the state. We are considered “Phase 4” of the Governor’s reopening plan. We just don’t know when “Phase 4” will be implemented or if we can even host small scale gatherings during “Phase 2 or 3”.
There are a lot of unknowns, but what we do know is the show must go on for our youth exhibitors! Either way, we will provide a show and alternative platform for the exhibitors and the buyers. However, we need donations to help make this work, despite which platform we choose. The Tri-County Fairgrounds absorbs most of the operational costs for this show and sale each year. We rely on sponsors to cover the cost of the awards. This year, we need help with everything, which includes the awards and operational costs associated with the entire show and sale.
We are seeking donations of any amount. Many of us have faced loss during this time, so we are committed to putting on the best show we possibly can for the kids. The Junior Livestock Show dates remain the same, June 24th -28th, despite if it’s a traditional or a virtual show. We will release more information on the show details as decisions are made. In the meantime, we are still ordering awards, hiring judges, accepting entries and planning a show. Please see the attached form for sponsorship opportunities. We welcome all levels of sponsorship.
Please make checks payable to the Tri-County Fairgrounds with JLA on the memo line. You may mail the attached form to the fairgrounds address listed below. There is a lot of uncertainty while navigating through this uncharted territory. One thing is certain, and that is the Tri-County Fair is committed to supporting the opportunities for our area’s 4-H, FFA, Grange and Independent Livestock exhibitors.
Jen McGuire, CEO Tri-County Fairgrounds
Brian Simpson, JLA President
Shawn Patton, JLA Vice President
Lily Brooks, JLA Secretary
Lenee Talbot, JLA Treasurer
If you want to support the Junior Livestock Show, here is the Sponsor Form