The fairs have all been canceled for 2020. As sad as that statement is for those of us who love to attend a fair, it is even worse for the kids who work so hard for their biggest event in the summer.

The kids of 4H have been working hard since the beginning of the year. Raising the animals teaches responsibility and gives the kids something to make some money to use towards future projects or as savings for college or agriculture education.

You can help the kids this year. Each year, the Niagara County 4H hosts an auction at the fair. Because of the 2020 COVID pandemic, it is going to be a virtual auction that will extend over a few days.

According to the information provided in their July/August newsletter:

4-H Online Livestock Auction Bidding Begins Friday July 31, and bids will close out Friday August 7. (Exact times to be announced later) Check out www.BontragerAuction.com - online catalog with auction lots will be posted end of July. Niagara County 4-H'ers will be showcasing and selling market lambs, meat goats, hogs, meat rabbits, meat birds, and beef steers virtually through the online auction!

 

I have been a big supporter of local farms and the kids of 4H since I began my career at WYRK nearly 25 years ago. I did not grow up on a farm. However, I have been around them my entire life and learned early the importance of keeping the local family farms alive. Just imagine what this world and the current situation would be like if we did not have access to the produce and the meats that are available thanks to farmers in Western New York. The line is simple; No Farms-No Food.

The food you eat doesn't magically appear in a store. There is lots of hard work (and money) that goes in to everything you buy at a store. From the diesel prices to the regulations and maintenance of the vehicles and the farm itself, so much time and money goes in to what you purchase from a local farmer.