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Silver Dollar Fair canceled, Jr. Livestock auction to be online

The Silver Dollar Fair that was set for May 21 through May 25 has been canceled due to coronavirus concerns, Fair Board members announced Tuesday evening.

Posted: Apr 15, 2020 10:38 AM
Updated: Apr 17, 2020 2:22 PM

UPDATE: 2:13 p.m. Friday, April 17, 2020 - Bid Cal has agreed to sell junior livestock animals online, after the cancellation of the Silver Dollar Fair.

The auction starts Saturday, May 16 And closes on Thursday, May 21.

Information on how to enter the auction will be posted on the bid cal site on April 21.

A local group called 'The Cartel' that supports junior livestock exhibitors is gathering donations to make purchases at the auction. 

Click here to view more information from Bid Cal. Those interested in being a part of the Cartel, Click Here for the form.

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BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - The Silver Dollar Fair has been canceled for the first time in history, all due to coronavirus concerns, Fair Board members announced Tuesday evening.

Action News Now spoke with the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds CEO, Nick Digrazia, he says we'll lose millions of dollars but the community's safety comes first.

"It is with a heavy heart and with the safety of our community in mind that the 2020 Silver Dollar Fair has been canceled," Fair board members on their website press release.

CEO Digrazia said fair board members based their decision on guidelines set by the state and the CDC. 

"The fair is a great place to bring the community and its saddening to us we can't do this," Digrazia said. "Livestock exhibitors taking a hit, the fair industry is taking a hit, this is what they rely on you know, we're all taking a huge hit."

Digrazia said last year, the junior livestock exhibit made $1.4 million. He says right now, members said for market animal exhibitors, Bid Cal is working to explore options for an off-site online auction.

The Fairgrounds there are closed until further notice. Digrazia said they're cutting costs to get by until they can host events again. The 2021 Silver Dollar Fair is set for May 27 through May 31.

In 2019, the Silver Dollar Fair expected around 70,000 people to attend. Fair organizers said throughout 2019, the fairground brought in more than $20 million to the local economy.

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