UP State Fair schedules livestock expo

Marlee Larson of Wilson, right, stands with her grand champion steer Snoopy after the Beef Cattle Junior Show on Aug. 13 at the 2019 Upper Peninsula State Fair in Escanaba. At left is MaKenna Hoppa of Fremont, Mich., with her reserve champion steer, Louie. (Clarissa Kell/Daily Press photo)

ESCANABA — The U.P. State Fair Authority has approved a plan for a livestock expo from Aug. 17-22 at the U.P. State Fairgrounds.

The expo is a modified version of the shows and auction that were planned for the 2020 U.P. State Fair, which has been postponed until 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Youth and agriculture are the foundation of the fair and the U.P. State Fair Authority is happy to announce that they have approved a plan that includes the Junior Market Livestock Auction on Saturday, along with other events and activities that will reward exhibitors for their hard work and dedication,” said Phyllis French, chairwoman of the U.P. State Fair Authority.

The 2020 week-long event will be known as the Lori Branstrom Memorial Livestock Expo. Branstrom died Feb. 14 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. She had a leadership role with the U.P. State Fair management team and was largely responsible for the success of the exhibitions, award programs, and auction during fair week.

Emma Axtell, the youth representative on the department advisory committee from Menominee County, supported the recognition.

“Naming the expo after Lori is a perfect way to honor all the hard work she has done for all of us and every kid. It wouldn’t be possible, even this year, to hold this event without all her years of planning and organization,” Axtell said.

Most of the rules defined in the Exhibitors’ Guide to Classes and Awards will be followed.

The approved plan includes schedule and department class changes to allow for compliance of social distancing, crowd size restrictions and other guidelines recommended by the CDC and imposed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive orders.

All changes will be communicated to all pre-registered exhibitors. Updates will be posted on the fair’s Facebook page.

For more information, contact the U.P. State Fair office at 1001 N. Lincoln Road by calling 906-786-2192 or by emailing info@deltami.org.


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