By Lindsay Magar, Student, Garces Memorial High School
Hello, I am Lindsay Magar. I’m a senior at Garces Memorial High School, and I have been involved at the Kern County Fair since 2012. Since 2014, I have exhibited livestock at the fair, and it has been the best experience of my life. COVID-19 has thrown us many curve balls and changed our daily lives. The fair experience this year was very sad for me because I had to end my time as a showman with a virtual fair. Although, I am still very thankful for all my experiences at the fair and everything it has taught me.
Showmen this year were able to pre-record minute long videos showing their entries and then submit them to the fair livestock board. The fair also live-streamed the awards ceremony, and my FFA chapter hosted a drive in so we could cheer on our members who won. The second weekend of the fair was when the virtual auction started, and it took place over three days on a website. Livestock were organized by species and market placings. I loved that buyers were able to read a biography all showman linked on their auction page. The virtual auction was stressful for most showman, I’m sure, but we were all overwhelmingly grateful for the generosity of our community who made sure no animal went unsold.
Many other showmen and I worked to make the best of this year’s situation by raﬄing oﬀ my second animals. I had a lot of fun with my raﬄe and being able to approach my sponsors. This way I was able to make back my expenses. The Kern County Fair is a part of my life that I will never forget, and I am so thankful for all the good times, friendships, and knowledge it has given me!