Despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, “smooth” was the key word for Washington County Fair officials when discussing how the fair played out.
Fair President Dean Luetge said everything from the youth livestock shows to the sales went “smooth as silk”, even with the new COVID-19 procedures and regulations governing affairs as the fair took place from September 11th through the 19th.
Luetge said for the most part, attendees did a good job with the new rules, and no problems presented themselves.
Luetge said the new online aspects of the fair, including allowing in-person and online bidders at the sales using the Cattle in Motion website, also performed well and were received positively.
Luetge said many families were unsure if the fair would even take place this year, and were thankful their children were given the opportunity to show and sell their animals.
According to Fair Manager Dean Fuchs, 488 exhibitors showed 1,385 projects at this year’s fair. There were 509 sale lots, and the five sales at the fair brought in over $1.8 million, including an unofficial total of $729,400 at the Junior Livestock Auction.