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AG ZONE NEWSLETTER

We hope you find this bi-monthly communication tool to be useful for the latest news and updates from the South Florida Fair, focusing on the Fair’s agriculture, Sundy Feed Store, Discover the Outdoors, 4-H/FFA, small animal exhibits, equestrian, volunteers and the AgriPlex Shopping and Lifestyle Experience. We will even have some recipes to share! So stayed tuned and watch your “in-box” for upcoming editions, or check this page often.

WEEKLY UPDATE - NOVEMBER 30, 2020



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South Florida Fair expects a ‘really big show’

Youth market entries indicate a strong-numbered event for 2021

Yes, Florida, we are having the 2021 South Florida Fair, and we cannot wait to see you here, January 15-31!

By the numbers of our youth livestock entries coming from the surrounding 18 counties, the Fair’s AgriPlex Barns will be filled with 52 number of steers and 136 head of hogs for the first weekend.

For the youth livestock weekend, only market steers arrive on-site from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, January 13, while market hogs are scheduled for arrival from 7 - 11 a.m. Thursday, January 14.The market steer show and showmanship are set for 1 p.m. Friday, January 15, followed by market hogs at 5 p.m.. For specifics, please refer to the Fair’s Premium Book and schedule at southfloridafair.com/premiumbook.

New time/format for Livestock Market Auction

Youth market exhibitors should be contacting current and any prospective new buyers for the market auction that begins at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 16, in the AgriPlex Farm Credit Arena. Please make note of this new start time. The buyer’s reception will also be held at a new time, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Bink Glisson Museum at Yesteryear Village.

The market auction, under the bid calling of Brian Trimble, will be a hybrid of on-site and on-line bidding opportunities. Cattle in Motion from Caldwell, TX, will be live streaming the market auction as well as taking on-line bids in real time. That means anyone from Florida, across the country or even around the world can bid on exhibitors’ market projects! Please advise buyers to log on at least 24 hours prior to the January 16 auction to register at www.cattleinmotion.com.

Exhibitor Marketing Clinics

This past October, nearly 20 of our youth market exhibitors took part in the Fair’s three-part Marketing Clinic series, presented by Paula Daniel, 4-H Extension Agent, UF/IFAS Extension Okeechobee County; Brian Trimble, Agriculture Teacher/FFA Advisor, Osceola Middle School; Daniel Gonzalez, 4-H Extension Agent, UF/IFAS Extension Palm Beach County; Derrick Crum, Agriculture Teacher/FFA Advisor, South Fork High School; Tracy Hamlin, South Florida Fair’s Agriculture Assistant; and Paige Poole, South Florida Fair’s Education and Community Outreach Manager.

Exhibitors were given tips on how to stock their marketing “show box” when searching for, meeting with and thanking auction buyers.

Over the three-week series, exhibitors were coached on:

• Brushing up on their sales pitch

• Grooming tips to be successful salespersons

• Feeding the correct information about marketing their project to buyers

• Championing the exhibitors’ visions and values

If you missed the clinics, click here to download them.

Masks required

Ag Exhibitors encouraged to practice safety guidelines at South Florida Fair


Taking proactive measures to ensure the health and safety of everyone has never been so vital as it is today. The following guidelines for the agriculture area and livestock shows at the 2021 South Florida Fair are crucial to everyone’s cooperation.

A. The Fair’s livestock presence on the grounds allows for enhanced distancing among exhibitors, their animals, and general patrons. In 2021, generally only one specie will be housed in the open-aired ApriPlex Barn and the enclosed AgriPlex Arena.

B. Move-in and move-out times of individual species will be staggered to allow for enhanced distancing among exhibitors and their family members.

C. Service aisles will be closed to the public. Walkways will be widened, and consideration will be given to use of one-way guest flow patterns for educational exhibits like Mooternity.

D. Bleacher seating shall be offered. The AgriPlex is large and the size of the guest body attending the shows is relatively small compared to the seating capacity of the AgriPlex. Seating will be designated for exhibitors and their families, while the public will have separate seating.

E. Livestock barns hosting judging competitions/shows will be open to the public. Capacity controls and distancing goals can be more easily met with established occupancy limits for each bleacher livestock show seating or viewing area based on Phase 2’s 50% capacity level. Specific patterns for bleacher sitting area ingress and egress shall be identified.

F. The Fair will exercise great efforts to discourage stand-up attendance around the various show rings while the shows are in progress to ensure social distancing.

G. For those family members or guests who cannot be accommodated with in-person livestock show viewing of judging being conducted in the AgriPlex, the Fair is researching live-stream opportunities for those specific judging events via the Fair’s Facebook page/site.

H. Because of the popularity of the annual Youth Market Animal Auction, the annual auction will be conducted as a hybrid of both on-site and a virtual format using a commercial online platform. On-site audience capacities will be limited to comply with social distancing.

I. Since livestock judges actively engage with both exhibitors and animals in the show ring, the Fair has prescribed new guidance for judge participation and interaction to include the following:

• Specifying minimum distance of 6’ between judge and handler/exhibitor except when examining the animal by touch or feel is required; and

• Administering a no-contact temperature check of all judges at the start of each day of judging. Temperature should be below 100.4 F (38 C) according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

• Allow only immediate family members to appear in any livestock show staged photos

RESOURCES:

www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads



KICK-OFF EDITION - JUNE 2020

Cover of June Issue of Ag Zone Newsletter

Welcome to the kick-off edition of the AG ZONE Newsletter!

We hope you find this new bi-monthly communication tool to be useful for the latest news and updates from the South Florida Fair, focusing on the Fair’s agriculture, Sundy Feed Store, Discover the Outdoors, 4-H/FFA, small animal exhibits, equestrian, volunteers and the AgriPlex Shopping and Lifestyle Experience. We will even have some recipes to share!

Tracy Hamlin, Ag Assistant, along with Paige Poole, Education & Communications Relations Manager, and Stacy Wakefield, Volunteer Services Coordinator, are among those providing featured content for the newsletter. If you have some feature story ideas, photos, upcoming Fair ag-related events, and programs, please feel free to share.

In each newsletter, we are planning to feature a Fair ag-related volunteer, we will give a “shout-out” to our sponsors, you’ll learn what’s new and different with the Sundy Feed Store and Discover the Outdoors. So stayed tuned and watch your “in-box” for upcoming editions, or check this page often.


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