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Fair competition animals face uncertainty after cancellation

No Lane County Fair will have a major toll on animal competition participants. Here's how the cancellation will financially impact one local goat owner.

Posted: May 9, 2020 7:15 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Governor Kate Brown’s decision to ban all large gatherings through September axed a majority of summer events, leaving an empty hole in people’s summer plans.

The cancellation of the Lane County Fair, especially, is a huge blow to the community. It means no ferris wheel rides, no deep fried food on a stick, no live concerts and also no animal competitions.

“I was really sad because it’s probably my favorite part of summer,” said Jennah Kopperud.

Kopperud, an aspiring veterinarian and farm owner, has been raising goats since the beginning of this year in anticipation of the fair’s animal competition.

“I got them in February and some people got their animals after last year’s fair,” Kopperud said. “So they’ve been working really hard and spending a lot of money. It’s really devastating.”

Kopperud also mentioned she has spent thousands of dollars on food, shelter and veterinary check ups. Her family even built the goats a little house in their backyard. Given today’s circumstances, it begs the question of what’s next for the animals.

We reached out to 4H to see if there was an organized plan to answer that question, but have not gotten a response yet. There is talk of having an online auction for animal owners like Jennah to get their money back.

“I don’t know exactly how that’s going to work. I’m trying to find out more details. But hopefully I can find someone to buy them,” said Kopperud. “It’s going to be really weird.”

The clock is already ticking for next year’s fair in 2021, just 437 days away.

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