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California Mid-State Fair livestock auction breaks 'add-on' record

Community members pledged $400k in donations
Posted at 10:38 PM, Aug 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-08 01:51:58-04

The final numbers are in for the California Mid-State Fair Junior Livestock Auction.

The auction went virtual this year when the fair was canceled because of COVID-19.

There were fewer exhibitors, but the 4-H and FFA students from San Luis Obispo and southern Monterey Counties still managed to raise more than $1.2 million, which surpassed this year's goal.

$400,000 of the pledges came from add-ons.

"Our add on number is record breaking and add-ons are just for family or businesses to support an exhibitor directly, they do not get meat or an animal in return. It's just a flat donation," Hailey Rose Switzer said, the fairgrounds special programs coordinator.

A total of 565 animals were exhibited.

The 2021 California Mid-State Fair runs July 21 - August 1 and will be the fair's 75th anniversary.