Early last year I was elected to the Board of Directors of the Manatee County Fair. I love County Fairs and the 4H and FFA aspect of the fair. I am asking for your help. Each year our Agriculture kids in 4H and FFA raise and show swine and steers. The young people are our future and every one of them are quality citizens. The past several years participation in the sale has dwindled. At one time, the business owners and contractors we our biggest supporters. That seems to be going away.
Would you consider announcing to your membership to attend the sales this year and be an active buyer? Here are some things we are doing to generate excitement.
The swine sale is January 13, 2018 at 1pm.
The beef sale is January 20, 2018 at 1pm.
We will have a Buyers Hospitality Tent this year. It will open no later than noon each day to make the buyer feel special. I will be at the tent to help anyone interested in how to bid and buy. We will also have experienced CATTLEMEN available to help the buyers.
I am trying to encourage potential buyers to purchase and share the meat with their employees. Understand that the money raised through this sale is used by the youth for college and expenses they incur raising their livestock.
I look forward to seeing a lot of your members at the Fair and the Livestock Sale. This is all for a good cause, the youth and future of our great county and country.
John R. Barnott
Director, Building and Development Services
Manatee County Government
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