For Goat's Sake: Alameda County Fair Takes Live Auction Online

Holly Quan
July 10, 2020 - 2:44 pm

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    For the first time in over 100 years, the Alameda County Fair was canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, but there’s good news to come out of it.

    The Fair is usually the culmination of a season of kids getting up before dawn, feeding and watering their animals, cleaning their pens and giving them exercise. Now, hundreds of 4H kids who were raising animals for auction are still going to be able to strut their stuff in an online auction going live Friday.

    "The Fair team is thrilled to offer the virtual auction to 4H and FFA exhibitors. Agriculture is the foundation of County Fairs across the nation, the virtual auction helps exhibitors complete their projects," Fair CEO Jerome Hoban said in a release.

    A young girl tries to pet a cow in the livestock barn at the Alameda County Fair on June 23, 2011 in Pleasanton, California.
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    Now, instead of a live auction, Valley Vista 4H Advisor Wendy Cooper's Livermore-based kids submitted videos and still shots to entice bidders this weekend.

    "A lot of the kids, even though there’s going to be no fair and there’s going to be no live judging per se, the animals were still groomed and they look great," Cooper told KCBS Radio. "The kids really, despite everything, did a great job."

    Because it’s online, they might end with a wider reach and more bidders - and you can even go in "halfsies."

    "There’s also a really easy auction to be able to split a pig. One person, let’s say if you and I wanted to purchase a pig together, I would go on and bid for it…and we would (each) be able to pay for half of the animal."

    About 250 pigs, goats, lambs and cows are all up for bid.

    Be a part of the Alameda County Fair's online auction here.