WNC Youth Livestock Expo

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Avery Capps with her goat

Avery Capps with her goat at the NC Mountain State Fair in 2019

The NC Mountain State Fair may be canceled, but young people will still be able to show their livestock at the WNC Youth Livestock Expo at the WNC Agriculture Center, September 12-20, 2020. How can this take place during a global pandemic? With lots of rules, signs, and paperwork. No one with a fever, symptoms of COVID-19, or known exposure to COVID-19 in the prior 14 days will be permitted. Frequent announcements about physical distancing will take place throughout the day. Markers for traffic flow and physical distancing will be in place. Seating will be provided with 6-foot distancing, except for families, who may sit together. Daily screening will be provided for all staff, volunteers, and participants. All people inside the show grounds will wear masks. Handwashing and sanitizing stations will be available throughout the facility.

At this point, it is questionable if spectators will be allowed. The number of spectators will be based on guidance for gatherings from the CDC and public health in North Carolina. There will not be a Very Special Livestock Show in 2020, due to health concerns for participants. This show is a favorite of members of the Barnyard Bandits 4-H Club, who traditionally provide their animals to be shown by people with special needs.

The deadline for online entries is August 28, but participants are encouraged to register early due to space limitations. Sponsors are needed for the WNC Livestock Expo! Expenses for the livestock shows are usually covered by income received by the NC Mountain State Fair. Donations will cover premiums and awards for the exhibitors and other expenses for the show. For more information about the WNC Livestock Expo, including the link for entries and sponsorship information, visit the WNC Livestock Expo website. This site will stay updated with the latest information.

4-H clubs are not meeting in person at this time. Some of them are meeting virtually. Others are “on pause,” until they are allowed to have face to face programming. There are some excellent programs being offered online. See our End of Summer Programming page for programs that will be offered through August 15. Contact Denise_Sherrill@ncsu.edu if you would like to receive the Henderson County 4-H newsletter.