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Livestock auction still lively, even without live animals

Alexander Ard stands near a television screen with his animal on Friday at the Crawford Center during the Shawano County Fair’s annual live auction. The event went virtual in order to keep up with health recommendations during the coronavirus pandemic.

(Lee Pulaski | NEW Media)

A livestock auction without the livestock being there in person still brought people out to bid high and bid often during the Shawano County Fair on Sept. 4.

Because of the pandemic, fair officials opted to move the annual auction from the Coliseum to the Crawford Center, and instead of the slow process of bringing animals in one by one to be bid, fair officials hauled in a pair of big-screen televisions that would show a photo of the animal and its owner as said owner was also there in person.