SANTA FE (KSMX)- Officials announced the cancellation of the 2020 New Mexico State Fair due to ongoing concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic and public health mandates for the first time in its history in early June.
However, the New Mexico State Fair Commission has now announced the first-ever 2020 New Mexico State Fair Virtual Livestock Show and Sale. The cancellation left many 4-H and FFA livestock exhibitors wondering what to do with projects they worked on for months and where those projects would be shown.
“Valuing the importance of our youth, and interest from New Mexico 4-H and FFA members, state fair officials have agreed to host a virtual version of the livestock shows and sale. A virtual youth livestock shows for New Mexico 4-H and/or FFA members who have registered projects in New Mexico counties will continue.”
The show will be presented by the New Mexico State Fair with the assistance of volunteers that have been a vital part of previous fairs. There will be an opportunity for the youth that have projects of market beef, goat, sheep, swine, replacement dairy heifers, junior breeding heifers and scramble heifers to show them on a virtual platform. This platform has been set up for them to exhibit their projects to be judged, placed, and with an opportunity to make the premium sale. A premium sale gives exhibitors the choice to keep their livestock projects and enter another show or sell them to another buyer or packer.