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Making the best of a tough situation
With 2020 Green County Fair canceled, Monroe Truck Equipment continues to support youth and livestock farmers
Madison Katzenberger with her show champion Hereford Heifer.

MONROE — Around the country, the 2020 fair and festival season was canceled. In Monroe, the Green County Fair has been postponed and rescheduled for July 21-25, 2021.

Area families who rely on the Fair to show and sell animals were left without recourse. Local children, who use the fair as an opportunity to showcase their animals and win awards, were forced to go without their tradition of competition and thousands missed out on the joys of attending a county fair.

Monroe Truck Equipment saw an opportunity to support area farmers who have experienced the stress of having to pivot during their most prosperous season.

Their team bought animals directly from local team members and their families, a total of two steer and three hogs. They processed the animals and gave the high-quality local meats to Monroe Truck Equipment employees.

Monroe Truck Equipment also made monetary donations directly to the kids who fulfilled their beef and swine projects by showing their animals at this year’s replacement shows after the fair was canceled. This was meant to help offset their losses from not being able to sell or show their animals as usual. The kids did not know they were getting any money beforehand, instead participating because they love to show and wanted closure with their projects.

“We wanted to make sure our community and employees knew that despite all the changes this year, we’re still going to support them and their businesses,” said Brittni Ackley, Monroe Truck Equipment’s HR Director. “Each year our team looks forward to receiving their cuts and celebrating with their peers. It’s not the same, but we’re happy to still be able to uphold the tradition.”

All of this supports the children of their community who have worked diligently all year long to raise high-quality livestock.