After enjoying a successful 80th birthday last year, the
Churchill County Junior Livestock Show and Sale was looking forward to another
banner year with FFA and 4-H students who spend countless hours preparing their
animals for a big weekend.
The exhibitors, though, didn’t envision this year’s sale would
require using modern technology. Because of the concerns with the coronavirus
pandemic, this year’s show and sale has moved to a virtual auction on Saturday
“They’re sad the sale and show is not happening,” said Karen
Bogdanowicz, when describing the disappointment the students are showing. “They
will miss the camaraderie and friendship, but we’re learning about the virtual
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Bogdanowicz, a community based instructor with the
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, also oversees the 4-H program. Putting
together a virtual auction took shape only days ago when Bogdanowicz and the
students knew they had to reinvent the annual sale, which has been a tradition
for generations of Churchill County exhibitors.
“We were able to put the show together quickly,” Bogdanowicz
Last week, exhibitors taped their presentations for the judges.
Potential buyers and interested parties will then be able to join the junior livestock
show online while the students exhibit both their breeding and market projects.
Bogdanowicz said her best estimate breaks down the number of animals to about
45 hogs, 15 goats, 15 lambs, 10 steers and then a number of turkeys and chickens
Bogdanowicz touted the benefits of buyers purchasing an
animal at the sale because they will save money.
Mackenzie Mills, a sixth-grade student at Churchill County
Middle School, will be showing chickens in her fifth junior livestock show.
Mackenzie said her presentation remains the same by ensuring her chicken and
cage will be clean and pristine. She said she’ll miss the immediate judge’s
“When you show to the judge, you know what they’re talking about,” said Mackenzie, a member of the Churchill County 4-H Hot Wings Poultry Club.
By referring to previous shows and what judges expect, Mackenzie said she has incorporated those tips in the way she displayed her chicken for recording. For example, Mackenzie said when she’s showing, she’ll open the wing toward the judge and discuss certain aspects about her bird.
Not only will she miss the comments from a judge, but she
will also miss seeing her friends and the other livestock being shown.
Her brother Royce showed a hog last year for the first time,
but now he feels more confident for the 81st annual show.
“I received a lot of feedback which built on top of what I
already knew,” he said.
This year, though, Royce knows it will be different.
“I won’t get the feedback, and the judge won’t be able to
Royce will show a hog for sale this year. In February, the
hog named Black Forest weighed about 125 pounds; now, Royce said, his animal
has “put on the weight” during the past two months.
Although this will be Royce’s second year showing a hog, he previously showed chickens.