Posted 7 months ago
By Kevin Horn
The Box Butte County Fair in Hemingford is about two months away (August 4-11), which will include the fair’s first-time use of the new livestock pavilion.
Fundraising for the new home of 4-H and FFA beef, sheep, swine, goats, and dairy cattle began over three years ago, with well over $300,000 pledged or donated to date.
However, there is still a need of over $100,000 to completely pay off the debt.
WESTCO, based in Alliance, and Hemingford Cooperative Telephone/Mobius, are hoping to see the bill paid in full by the time the building is dedicated this August.
The two entities will jointly donate up to $30,000 to match other contributions.
“The end goal is in sight,” said WESTCO CEO David Briggs. “We encourage folks to step forward and help get the pavilion paid off. “We especially encourage former FFA and 4-H members to donate $25, $50, $100 or more.”
HCT/Mobius General Manager Tonya Mayer, a former FFA member, says she was extremely moved when seeing some FFA and 4-H livestock exhibitors donating money realized from their livestock sale back to the fair to help finance the facility.
“That told me how important this new facility is to them and the kids of the future,” she said.
Fundraising thermometers will be placed near the WESTCO Convenience Store at Third and Blacks and near the HTC/Mobius office in Hemingford.
“If we can get the pavilion paid off by fair time, it will save the Box Butte Agriculture Society several thousand dollars in interest on the loan they took out took out to get this facility built,” said Briggs.
Donations may be sent to:
Raise The Roof
c/o Box Butte Extension Office
415 Black Hills Avenue
Alliance, NE 69301
Questions may be directed to Deb Kraenow at the extension office at 762-5616.
“WESTCO and Hemingford Cooperative Telephone/Mobius believe that FFA and 4-H are great programs for our children,” Briggs added. “I guess we’ve proven that for several years by our support of the Box Butte County Fair’s livestock auction, so we encourage folks to step forward and donate on this Raise the Roof challenge.”