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Hernando County Fair’s online livestock auction canceled

BROOKSVILLE — An April 3 online auction of market livestock raised by Hernando County 4-H’ers and FFA members for the county fair has been canceled.

But that’s good news, say officials of the Hernando County Fair and Youth Livestock Show, which was struck earlier from its April 3-11 run due to the coronavirus.

“They were all sold privately,” livestock chairwoman Tammy Fincher announced March 27 of the 32 steers, 58 hogs, 13 pullet trios, six meat poultry trios and four turkeys that had been entered in fair competition. Whether sales would materialize in a never-before-tried online auction was a concern.

“A lot of the kids (merely) broke even,” Fincher said of the private sale. In the auction ring, the thrill of competitive bidding most often leads to higher than market prices for the youths.

Thus, officials are urging supporters to contribute to a long-standing tradition at the fair’s auction — the “add-on” fund. Individuals and businesses may add contributions to the proceeds youngsters received from their buyers. Checks should be made out to Hernando County Fair with “Add-on” in the memo line. The amount can be designated “across the board,” or designated for a species of livestock or a particular 4-H Club, FFA chapter or entrant.

Donations should be mailed to Hernando County Fair, P.O. Box 10456, Brooksville 34603. There is no deadline, Fincher said, adding, “Every little bit helps.”