Local Response To Canceled Fair Is Heartening (Latest News)

Junior livestock fairs represent the culmination of months of hard work and dedication by young people who raise animals ranging from steers, lambs, hogs, and goats to chickens, rabbits, and turkeys. To have the annual fair canceled at the last minute because a massive wildfire erupts is heartbreaking.

Thanks to the efforts of the Jackson County Expo staff and numerous volunteers, young animal raisers in Siskiyou County will have their fair, and the chance to show and sell their livestock. It’s a testament to the big hearts of Southern Oregonians โ€” and to their own memories of the Almeda and Obenchain fires that disrupted lives here just two years ago โ€” that the Northern California fair is taking place here next weekend.

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The Siskiyou County fairgrounds were all set to host the 2022 Siskiyou Golden Fair when the McKinney Fire blew up west of Yreka two weeks before the event. Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency for Siskiyou County, and fire officials commandeered the fairgrounds as a base camp for 2,500 firefighters. That meant canceling the fair for the second time in three y

ears.

No one questioned the need for that. But even before concerned residents here reached out to Jackson County Expo Director Helen Baker with requests to help Siskiyou County youths, there was no question the Expo would respond.

And not just the Expo, which is hosting the Golden Fair and auction next weekend. Evans Transportation, a Yreka bus company, and the Alturas Indian Reservation are providing transportation for families, and volunteers are coming forward to help haul animals. Vendors will supply meals, and Siskiyou Fair officials are working on some activities for the kids to replace the usual carnival.

Organizers expect about 250 young people to participate. Siskiyou fair officials were looking for a location to hold online viewing for those Yreka-area residents who can’t come to Central Point.

Local Response To Canceled Fair Is Heartening
Local Response To Canceled Fair Is Heartening

Auctions will begin with an on-site meal at the Expo and the viewing facility in Siskiyou County at 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, with the auction at 6 p.m. A buyer’s breakfast will be served Sunday morning before the 10 a.m. auction. The sale catalog and terms and conditions are online. Details about the fair will be posted here.

Hats off to the quick response of Expo officials and all the volunteers who are making this happen. You make us all proud to live in Southern Oregon.

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