Contact: July 28, 2020
Fair Board Member
Washington County Agricultural Fair
121 North Main Street
Washington, Pa 15301
WASHINGTON COUNTY AGRICUTURAL FAIR BOARD ANNOUNCES
2020 EQT JUNIOR LIVESTOCK MARKET SHOW AND SALE SCHEDULE
When the Washington County Agricultural Fair Board announced the cancellation of the 2020 Fair due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they approved a resolution to preserve the Junior Livestock Market Competition. The Fair Board also approved the formation of the Junior Livestock Market Board Committee that immediately began to work on a plan to conduct the Livestock Market Competition August 20 – 22, 2020.
After weeks of review and planning, the Junior Livestock Market Board Committee announced, today, the final plans for the three-day Junior Livestock Market Competition. The competition will run from Thursday, August 20 through Saturday, August 22. The three-day event will feature the showing and sale of rabbits, goats, hogs, lambs, and steers. The Fair Board is also pleased to announce that EQT Corporation has agreed to be the presenting sponsor, with the event now known as the “EQT Junior Livestock Market Show and Sale”. EQT’s generosity will go a long way to offset the costs of conducting the event. A complete list of sponsors is attached. The Fair Board would like to recognize and thank all its sponsors.
“The cancellation of the 2020 Fair was not made lightly but considering the Covid-19 pandemic concerns and the safety of our many stakeholders, we believe it is the right decision. The EQT Junior Livestock Market Competition allows the hundreds of children and their families to show the animals they have been nurturing and preparing for months” said Todd Richards, Fair Board President. The cancellation of the 2020 Fair impacts its many stakeholders; the county, the agricultural and tourism industries, 4-H Clubs, FFA members, venders, volunteers, sponsors, the carnival company, concessionaires and the 50,000 people who attend annually.
“EQT is proud to support our communities, as well as the hard work and dedication of the auction participants. We understand and appreciate the time and care required to raise the animals and we wish each family the best,” said Josie Schultz, EQT External Communications Manager.
The Junior Livestock Market Board Committee is working with County Officials on the COVID-19 plans to ensure that the show participants, volunteers and spectators are in a safe and healthy environment.
For more information or further details, please contact Wayne Hunnell at 412-780-0900.
ABOUT THE WASHINGTON COUNTY FAIR - The Washington County Agricultural Fair a 501(C)(3) non-profit is Pennsylvania’s oldest fair dating back to October of 1798. The primary mission of the fair is to promote and advance the interest of agriculture, horticulture, homemaking subjects, arts and sciences, 4-H Clubs and FFA organizations and activities. The Washington County Agricultural Fair is a seven-day fair that includes nearly 2,000 animals: horses, dairy cattle, beef cattle, sheep, swine, goats, lamas, poultry, rabbits and more. The fair features over 2,600 agricultural exhibits – hay, grain, vegetables, fruits, nuts, etc. In total there are typically over 6,600 youth and craft exhibits (4-H, vocational exhibits, homemade products, needlepoint, floral exhibits, arts, crafts, photos, etc.). The Fair attracts 50,000 people annually and generates more than $5.2 million in annual economic impact.
ABOUT THE WASHINGTON COUNTY EXPO CENTER- The fairgrounds and Expo Center include five exhibit halls, 10 barns, grandstand and show arena. The fairgrounds are active on a year-round basis attracting various shows and exhibits. Almost all these events are “rentals” where organizations lease the facility. The largest of these events is the two-week PA Arts & Craft Christmas Market which draws nearly 15,000 visitors annually. The next four largest events include the All-Clad Factory Outlet Sale (6,500 visitors), ARH Gun Show and Sale, Duncan Miller Glass Show and Sale, Family Festival and County Home Show. Most events occur over multiple days and weekends
ABOUT EQT -
EQT Corporation is a leading independent natural gas production company with operations focused in the cores of the Marcellus and Utica Shales in the Appalachian Basin. We are dedicated to responsibly developing our world-class asset base and being the operator of choice for our stakeholders. By leveraging a culture that prioritizes operational efficiency, technology and sustainability, we seek to continuously improve the way we produce environmentally responsible, reliable and low-cost energy. We have a longstanding commitment to the safety of our employees, contractors, and communities, and to the reduction of our overall environmental footprint. Our values are evident in the way we operate and in how we interact each day – trust, teamwork, heart, and evolution are at the center of all we do.
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