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ESCANABA – Although the UP State Fair is not taking place next week, a major part of the event will take place with some changes. The Lori Branstrom Memorial Livestock Expo will start on Thursday August 20 and run until Saturday August 22.

Delta County Chamber of Commerce executive director Vickie Micheau said tender plans for livestock were an important part of work done earlier this year on a COVID-19 preparedness plan for the UP State Fair.

“The animal displays and auctions at the junior market have been carefully considered due to the interest of the public and the large number of participants”, she said.

On June 30, it was officially announced that the UP State Fair would not be held in 2020. The announcement also indicated that planning for a cattle show was still in progress.

“When it became clear that the show would be postponed to 2021, we explored all options online to help recoup the emotional and financial investment the young exhibitors made in their animal projects. said Michel.

These efforts ultimately resulted in the development of the cattle exhibit, which was named in honor of Lori Branstrom after her death from pancreatic cancer on February 14, 2020. Micheau said Branstrom played an important role in the history of cattle shows at UP State. Fair – she first got involved in the fair as a 4-H facilitator when her young children started showing animals there.

“Her involvement continued when she took on the responsibilities of Assistant Pigsty Superintendent and when she became a member of the UP State Fair management team as Exhibitor Manager,” said Michel.

On Wednesday August 19, exhibitors will begin bringing their animals to the fairgrounds for the cattle show. According to Micheau, the Junior Shows will take place Thursday at 8 a.m. with the Beef Show, followed by the Sheep Show at 10 a.m. On Friday, judging will start at 9 a.m. with the Swine Show and end at 3 p.m. with the Goat Show.

Judges have been selected for these shows and will be at the exhibition center next week.

All the shows initially planned during the breeding fair will not take place as planned.

“Many open shows (animals that are not auctioned off) for dairy, poultry, rabbits and horses have been canceled due to lower than expected registrations”, said Michel.

On Saturday, August 22, the 2020 cattle auction will begin at 11 a.m. The event will begin with auctions for the Grand and Champion reserve animals, which will be followed by auctions for the remaining steers, lambs, pigs and goats.

In order for the auction to comply with state decrees and guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it was moved to the fairground grandstand. This should allow participants to practice good social distancing.

The numbers of the bidders will be available under the platform on Saturday from 9 a.m. Buyers will be able to view the animals in the barns from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. that day.

Successful bidders must pay for their purchases in the designated area under the grandstand. They can pay by cash, check, credit card, or debit card, but the latter two options will include a 3% transaction fee. If several buyers buy one or more animals together, only one of them has to pay at that time.

For the first time this year, online auctions will be available to buyers at in partnership with Leist Auctioneers and Northern Michigan Livestock. Bidders will be able to view an online catalog and bid by the pound before and during Saturday’s auction. People who choose to bid online are requested to pay by credit card.

COVID-19-related precautions that will be implemented at the Livestock Show will include:

– Limitation of the number of exhibitors present simultaneously in the ring

– Small queues and animal gatherings before lessons

– Disinfection of microphones between speakers

– Daily symptom / health assessments of exhibitors

Micheau noted that more activities are expected to take place at the fairgrounds next week with the cattle show.

“Skerbeck Entertainment Group will be hosting a fair food drive-thru that will be open to the public, and plans are underway to host a drive-thru movie event,” she said.

For more information, find “State fairground UP” on Facebook.

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