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Area livestock show continues despite fair cancellations

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Wausau, Wis. (WAOW)-- The Wisconsin Valley Fair may have gone virtual, but the youth livestock show is in full swing.

The Marathon County Market Animal Show and Sell event kicked off with cattle and sheep, one of few livestock showing events still going on despite COVID-19.

"We were supposed to show every weekend from the end of March through May and they all got canceled," said Tyler Giddings, a participant at the event.

Leon Falkowski, the co-chair of MASS, said participation is down this year by about 10-15 participants.

"Some of them sold their animals earlier on not knowing this was going to happen," he said. "A few have chosen, with the situation and the unknowns, to stay home, to stay safer."

For the youth, who often depend on the money earned from livestock sales to continue to finance their projects, cancelling the events can be devastating.

"If our heifers win now, it's more advertising for when we sell their calves next year," Giddings said.

Falkowski said it means a lot to be able to give kids this opportunity.

"It's just something that they invested in and a lot of these kids use their money for college funds and we're able to make that happen for them this year and it's just a great feeling," he said.

Showing continues with swine Friday. The livestock sale will then take place Saturday at 11. Spectators are not allowed.

Natalie Sopyla

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