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As COVID-19 Persists, Board To Decide Fate Of Mother Lode Fair

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Sonora, CA – Next week the Mother Lode Fairgrounds board is expected to decide the fate of this year’s fair.

The board will meet Monday, May 11th to discuss whether there is any possibility of still hosting the fair within the guidelines set forth by the state, according to Fair CEO Ken Alstott.

“I was holding out hope.” says Alstott, “It affects so many people, but it doesn’t look promising.”

Some events leading up to the fair have already had to be scrapped relays Alstott, “In the interim, we have canceled the livestock preweigh scheduled for Sunday, May 17th.”

However, he says regardless of what happens certain events will take place, sharing, “We will hold an auction for the kids whether there is a fair or not, we have the capabilities of holding an online auction.”

While those logistics are still being worked out, exhibitors have already been notified of a virtual Market Animal Auction with swine, sheep, beef, and meat goats. With the preweigh canceled they were required to submit a copy of their bill of sale as well as a photo of them with their market animal(s) to the fair office.

Monday’s teleconference meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom. The video link is or phone in at 1 669 900 6833. The meeting ID is 560 374 6049 and the password is 533258 for those that wish to attend.