Lincoln County 4-H Annual Market Auction Goes Virtual
For many of the youth in Lincoln County 4-H, the Market Auction is the pinnacle of their hard work each 4-H year. This live event, held annually as part of the Lincoln County Fair, like many events in 2020 has been greatly plagued by closures and restrictions due to COVID-19. However, the youth of 2020 are persevering through these difficult times and have come up with a creative way to conduct the Market Auction. In partnership with Eugene Livestock Auction, 4-H youth will still have the opportunity to sell their animals, but on a different platform – what’s called a Virtual Platform. Kinda like TV.
The 4-H Auction is a way for 4-H members to sell their market animal projects that they have raised throughout the year in anticipation of showing them at county fair. Animals used for these projects are raised with the highest quality of care. Youth dedicate countless hours caring for and training animals to meet or exceed industry standards and statewide guidelines. Animals that are sold at 4-H auctions are hands on projects used to not only teach youth the industry associated with their projects but valuable positive life skills.
Youth are taught ethical animal husbandry and business management skills such as product quality and assurance, marketing, record keeping, and outreach throughout the course of their projects. 4-H clubs strive to teach members responsibility, interpersonal skills, decision making, communication, and goal setting to benefit members are they transition through the program and into adulthood. At the same time the auction creates public awareness of the 4-H program, its members and its supporters; and gives the community a way to support our members.
If you purchase a 4-H animal, as a buyer you are supporting the Lincoln County 4-H program and its members. You are able to help a 4-H member with their business enterprise and know that you are helping to build life skills in a future community member. After the auction you will receive a buyer certificate that you can display in your place of business, which includes a photo of the purchased animal, the name of the youth member and your name. You will also receive recognition for you and/or your business in local papers as well as internet news sites as an auction supporter.
Besides purchasing an animal, businesses and individuals can also make a donation to the auction by donating an “add-on”. An add-on can be a flat donation to an individual youth, species (i.e., all youth with hogs get an additional dollar amount), or the program as a whole. Please contact the Lincoln County 4-H office at 541-648-6815 for more information regarding individual donations.
Lincoln County 4-H would like to thank Eugene Livestock Auction for hosting the 2020 Virtual 4-H Youth Market Auction. For this year, Eugene Livestock Auction will post each animal for sale on their website, www.eugenelivestockauction.com, beginning Friday, July 3, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. The Auction will run for 5 days, allowing bidders to place bids through Tuesday, July 7th. A specific link to the Lincoln County 4-H Youth Auction will be available when the Auction becomes live and will be posted on the Lincoln County
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The 4-H Youth Development Program focuses on providing youth of all ages with the life skills they need to succeed in today’s – and tomorrow’s – world. Projects and activities are vehicles that help young people learn and grow through an intentional process that builds competence, confidence, connection, compassion and character. Research has shown that by participating in 4-H, young people prepare themselves for economic and social success in adulthood.
For more information about Lincoln County 4-H, please contact Heather Tower, 4-H Program Assistant at 541-648-6818 or firstname.lastname@example.org (email is best at this time).
Lincoln County 4-H Youth Development Program Todd Williver, 4-H Program Coordinator