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Silver Dollar Fair Livestock Show & Auction takes online approach

A major part of the canceled Silver Dollar Fair will go on this year. The junior ranchers will get to show off all their hard work.

Posted: May 20, 2020 7:54 PM

CHICO, Calif. - A major part of the canceled Silver Dollar Fair will go on this year with the junior ranchers still able to show off all their hard work.

"The auctions are very exciting, it's the whole experience, I believe," said Virginia Hurkis, who is auctioning goats.

BidCal owner Rob Ramay created an online auction to help support the Lone Pine 4-H club sell their animals once he learned the Silver Dollar Fair was canceled.

"It’s just weird. Normally you're just geared up for the fair, you like to make them super pretty, put lotion on them, sunscreen, you have to make them look beautiful and now they’re just in the pen," said Joey Mckeller, who is auctioning pigs.

The Lone Pine 4-H club had to put photos of their animals online for buyers since the auction was not happening in person.

“You can post a video of you walking with them if you want or send a letter to a buyer,” said Hayley Christopher, who is auctioning pigs.

There are lambs, steers, goats, pigs, rabbits, and other welding projects online to the highest bidder, but there are some changes since the auction is only online.

"There’s no weight limit this year because we can’t weigh all the pigs," said Stella Shern, who is auctioning pigs.

May 20 was the day the Lone Pine 4-H club showmanship would have happened to buyers had it taken place at the fair.

“There are two types of showmanships. One where they judge you and one where they judge your goat and how good they are," said Virginia Hurkis, who is auctioning goats.

Hurkis said one of the things judges look for with goats is bracing.

“As 4-H is almost entirely life skills and with washing the pig, you learn skills like patience,” said Christopher. “If the pig gets a little rowdy with showmanship and market class, you learn lots of good skills for job interviews like eye contacts and good posture."

The Lone Pine 4-H club has been grooming their animals since January.

Action News Now asked some of the members of the 4-H club if they are ready to give up their animals and they all answered “yes."

“It's going to be hard but we knew to coming into this that this would be a terminal sale," said Lucia Leon-Rough, who is auctioning goats said.

The online auction will end May 21st at 1 p.m.

If you want to bid on an animal, go to the BidCal website. To give a general donation to support all sellers, search for 'donation lots' and follow the instructions. These funds will be used by the Friends of Agriculture support group.

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