JEFFERSON — The 4-H Foundation has been forced to cancel this year’s 23rd annual pig roast and auction because of COVID restrictions set forth by Gov. Mike DeWine and the Ashtabula County Health Department.

The longstanding event provides 4-H supporters an opportunity to support Ashtabula County youth, while enjoying pulled pork, potatoes and fruit coleslaw before a night of entertainment.

Foundation President Jim Butler said they delayed the decision for as long as possible, hoping for some restrictions would be lifted.

“Deep down, we knew what we were going to be forced to do, but we were hopeful that we could make some modifications to comply with the social distancing, and presented plans to the Health Department operating the event as a walk-through Chinese auction with a carry-out dinner,”  he said. “The plans, however, were not approved by the county officials due to the size of the event. With most of our options exhausted, we were forced to cancel the event for 2020.”

As for what’s next, Butler said they are planning an online auction to raise much needed funds for the foundation.

“The 4-H Foundation is committed to continuing our ongoing support for our county youth in 2021 and beyond,” he said. “Even though we are forced to cancel the in-person pig roast and auction, we will continue to raise funds in any way that we can, while complying with health regulations, and maintaining the integrity of the foundation.”

The foundation plans to begin holding virtual auctions and offering items up for bid in monthly or weekly.

“We have a tremendous group of supporters, and we are confident that this will be a great success,” Butler said. 

Anyone interested in supporting the foundation is encouraged to contact them through Facebook or on the website at Monetary donations are also accepted through mail at 248 N. Chestnut St., Jefferson, Ohio 44047.


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