By JENNIFER DEMPSEY

Progress Editor

Last week should have been the Paulding County Fair, but due to COVID-19 the 2020 fair was canceled.

4-H and FFA participants were able to bring their animals to the fair last week to be taken to the packer.

This option was open for families who were unable to have their animals butchered or had other buyers lined up. Kids did have the option of keeping their livestock from this year’s fair.

On Wednesday, June 17, kids were able to drop off their feeder calves for the feeder calf auction.

On Thursday, June 18, market steers, market lambs market goats and market hogs all made their way to the fairgrounds.

The week finished out with market rabbits and market poultry coming in Saturday, June 20, in the morning.

During each time frame of animals being brought in, Beck’s Hybrids and AgVantage Seed Center was set up at the fairgrounds to pass out FFA sausage sandwiches, drinks, hats and t-shirts to the fair kids who brought in livestock.

Harness racing took place on June 16 and 17, but no spectators were allowed to attend.

Being the first fair in the state, our fair board was put under a lot of pressure. It was a rough situation but they rose to the occasion and did what was necessary to protect our community.

Thank you senior fair board, junior fair board, Michael Schweinsburg, Sarah Noggle, 4-H and FFA advisors and everyone else who was involved this past week.

If you would like to support the 4-H and FFA kids with livestock projects, the add-on option is still available. Please contact Lisa McClure with the Paulding County Area Foundation at 419-399-8296 for more information.

In July, the Progress will be putting out a special fair section to highlight the hard work our youth have put into their projects this year.