4-H kids show livestock virtually despite canceled State Fair

FAIRLEA, WV (WOAY) – When this year’s State Fair was canceled, most visitors’ favorites went with it, but not when it came to showing livestock.

Usually, kids involved in 4-H spend the year raising livestock to show off at the summer fair. Winners of each show use the money for the following year’s events or to put towards school. Many kids faced a loss when the fair was canceled. Luckily, the show went on without the fair, and so will the livestock sales.

“The virtual sale is a premium sale,” explained Todd Ramboldt, a board member of the Greenbrier Monroe Youth Livestock Association. There’s no transfer of the animals, they’re just donating to the individual. We have 113 individuals in Greenbrier and Monroe counties’ sale. Businesses large and small can donate [starting at] $25 to these kids to use for their future project, school, stuff like that.”

Ramboldt says there cannot be a livestock exchange due to a lack of slaughterhouses available to send livestock to. You can donate to participating kids at wlivestock.com.

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