BUCKHANNON — The Upshur County Youth Livestock Show and Sale will continue as scheduled this Saturday at the Buckhannon Stockyards.
The Upshur County Youth Livestock Association (UCYLA) shared, “Due to the Governor’s new mandates and orders, we have had to provide stricter guidelines, that we MUST follow, and a new venue for the year 2020. We are privileged to still be able to have a show and sale, but things will look different for this year.”
Showmanship will be a virtual competition this year. Exhibitors may still participate in the virtual Showmanship, even if they have decided not to sell their project. Exhibitors must participate in the virtual showmanship to be eligible to sell their animal.
WVU Extension is also putting together a Virtual Skill-a-thon competition. If exhibitors are interested in participating, please call the Extension Office with a valid email address by Friday, July 24. Prizes will be awarded for winners.
Saturday, August 1 is the day of the Show and Sale, which will be held at the Buckhannon Stockyards this year. The Judge for the show will sift projects for placings. No exhibitors or parents will be present at this time. This is to help social distance, avoid sharing of items, and keep gatherings of people at a minimum.
The Auction will be held 6 p.m. at the Stockyards. Only Buyers will be permitted in the stands to help social distance. No parents or exhibitors will be allowed in the stands. Masks should be worn at all times. There will be no complimentary buyer’s dinner, but buyers will be given a meal coupon after purchasing any projects.
Proxy/pre-bids can be taken prior to the Auction. Also, if you are interested in purchasing and want to be given a call during a certain lot or species, that can be accommodated. Please call Aaron Harris at (304) 677-9170 prior to August 1 to place early bids or to be placed on the call list during the Auction.
“Fill your freezer this August with local, top quality meat while supporting the Youth of Upshur County! These projects already have pre-booked processing slots,” UCYLA shared. “We understand that many potential buyers may not want to attend the in-person Auction, but you do have options to purchase an animal without attending. The projects will be shipped after the sale to your processor of choice that is available on our list. The only thing buyers will need to do is pick up their meat from the processor of choice.”
Buyers or any individuals wishing to support the youth exhibitors may make monetary donations to the UCYLA organization for their goal of a bigger facility to accommodate the growing numbers!
7-9 a.m. – Drop off animals to stockyards
10 a.m.-1 p.m. – Judging/sifting of the animals
5:30 p.m. – Announcements of winners
6 p.m. – Sale starts