Williams Lake & District 4-H live auction on Monday August 10 – Williams Lake Tribune

A key ingredient is missing at this year’s 62nd Annual 4-H Show in Williams Lake: youth.

“Not having children here is our biggest challenge,” said Kim Sepkowski, vice president of Williams Lake and District 4-H as he prepared for the auction, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. Monday evening.

Normally, the BC Livestock Producers Co-Op building and grounds on Cattle Drive were filled with camping families and children busy setting up the show and selling for several days.

Instead, the adult leaders will bring the animals and projects into the arena for auction with a maximum of 50 buyers present in person and the rest viewing and bidding online or over the phone.

Community support has always been phenomenal, Sepkowski said.

“We are always full of hope and optimism. We have over 100 buyers between people who come to the auction in person and those who registered online.

The number of animals for sale is similar to other years and Sepkowski said he is optimistic because with the new coronavirus many people are realizing the value of local produce, whether it’s vegetables or meat. , and the challenge of obtaining them.

“There’s a whole bunch of them here at home,” he said. “All they have to do is buy it and we take it to the butcher where it will be cut and packaged.

Sepkowski has been involved in 4-H for about 15 years. His own children were members of the club.

“I find a ton of value in the program,” he said. “For me, it’s very gratifying to see these kids when they get to the age of eight or nine and it’s the first time they hang onto a lamb or chase a pig and then you watch them. become successful young adults. “

Playing a piece of the puzzle is always rewarding, he said of the value of the 4-H program.

Moms Amy Carson and Abby Shoults said it’s been a different year for 4-H youth due to the pandemic.

“I think the kids learned what they were capable of without a lot of interaction with the club,” Carson said.

Shoults said she noticed that the children spent more time with their animals and got the most out of them.

“They really miss all the other gatherings so we tried to do some things like cow camp and it showed how much they missed all the other gatherings because they were so excited to be there,” he said. Shoults said.

Without a show component this year, Carson and Shoults said all clubs have tried to make the day the best they can be.

It’s during the annual show and sale that all members of the different clubs make connections, Carson added.

To view the auction online or to register to bid, visit www.DLMS.ca.

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Edmonton’s Jill Renton (left) and Dacie Johnson will stream the 62nd annual Williams Lake & District 4-H sales show. (Photo by Monica Lamb-Yorski – Williams Lake Tribune)

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