Youth shows can be viewed on Facebook thanks to DFT
-by Kate Ewer, 4-H Community Educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension Chautauqua County
DUNKIRK, NEW YORK (July 21, 2021) — Cornell Cooperative Extension Chautauqua County’s 4-H Youth Development Program’s “UnFair” is underway this week. Youth and their animals have moved into the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds and will show through Friday. The youth shows are closed to the public, however the shows in the Main Arena can be viewed on the Chautauqua County 4-H Facebook page thanks to wireless internet donated by DFT Communications. In the early phases of planning when it became evident the community would not be able to attend in-person, staff and volunteers brainstormed as to how they could share the shows with the community online. DFT graciously stepped in and installed wireless service to the Warren K. Brown Arena at the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds. Kate Ewer, 4-H Educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension Chautauqua County noted that, “Unfortunately, we don’t have the resources to open the 4-H youth show to the public except for the Meat Animal Sale on Saturday. Thanks to DFT, the community can be a part of the livestock shows in the Warren K. Brown Arena. We are thankful for their support of our program.” Martha Schmitt, Business Development Director with DFT Communications stated, “DFT remains committed to supporting our community and especially our children. I hope that people will support this great group of kids by viewing all of their success on Facebook during the week”.
The 57th Annual 4-H Meat Animal Sale will be the only portion of the program open to in-person public participation and will take place Saturday, July 24th at 12:00pm. An estimated 55 hogs, 8 goats, 29 pairs of chickens, 14 lambs, and 13 steers will be sold by live auction to the highest bidder. The sale will be livestreamed, but all bidding will take place in-person.
Additional UnFair Sponsors include the Sheldon Foundation, Linnea Foundation, Holmberg Foundation, Chautauqua County Fair Association, Larry Romance and Son, Inc., Storer’s Container Service, and many individual donors.