Just a reminder that we are close to finalizing the schedule and release protocols for AgFest 2021, but still have a few logistics to work out with the change to a live/simulcast auction. Replacement Heifer auction is still scheduled for Saturday, June 12th tentatively at 7PM.
We understand that there are concerns about the change to having a live/simulcast auction. The constantly evolving changes to pandemic safety protocols have made planning for AgFest events extremely challenging. Fortunately, the changes this year are trending towards less restrictions rather than more, so we are able to offer a live auction, which we are confident will ultimately lead to more buyer participation, and hence higher prices for our youth. Our goal is and has ever been to provide a livestock show that provides the ultimate benefit and opportunity to San Joaquin County youth. There will certainly be some logistics to work out to ensure safety for our participants and welfare of the livestock, but like we have always done since AgFest was first conceptualized, we are confident that we will succeed at this challenge.
We have developed a list of Frequently Asked Questions to address some of the common concerns/questions that have been circulating. We will add to this as needed as we move forward.
With the decline in new Covid cases, the governor has announced that the state will be eliminating the tier system (providing cases continue to the trend down or remain stable) and opening up the state for businesses and gathering. With this lessening of restriction, the executive board voted to change the livestock auction scheduled for Saturday, June 19th from an online only auction to a live and simulcast auction. This action should maximize buyer participation by catering to those who prefer to attend live, while still offering an online option for those who prefer to remain remote. With this change, we will no longer be releasing market animals following their shows. Market animals being sold at the livestock auction will remain at the fairgrounds and be sold on Saturday. The replacement heifer sale will also be a live/simulcast event, tentatively scheduled for Saturday, June 12th at 7PM. The overall schedule for AgFest will remain largely the same as currently published, but there may be changes as we adjust the logistics of the show to accommodate this change. We will announce any changes to the schedule as soon as possible.
Online entries for Blue Ribbon are now open. Entries are due on Monday, May 10th by 11:59 PM. Entries received after Monday, May 10, 2021 at 11:59 PM (PST) will be considered late and subject to a late fee of $100 plus the published entry fee for the specie/project entered.
ALL LATE ENTRIES CLOSE WITHOUT EXCEPTION ON MAY 15th, 2021 AT 11:59 PM (PST). NO ENTRIES AT ALL ACCEPTED AFTER MAY 15th, 2021 AT 11:59 PM (PST).
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