Vernon County Fair supporters donate $28,000 for flood relief
A heifer that survived the flood in Timber Coulee helped raise $28,000 at the Vernon County fair to provide funds for flood relief.
Karly Anderson the daughter of Rob and Kari Anderson, Westby, showed a Holstein dairy heifer that was found 1.5 miles downstream from her original pasture location. Her father Rob came up with the idea for Karly to “present” the animal at the close of the Dairy Ribbon Sale on Saturday night which resulted in raising $20,000 due to the generosity of businesses and individuals.
One percent of the gross sale dollars from Saturday night’s Meat Animal Sale also went to flood relief. The Viroqua Lions also donated 1 percent of their food stand sales during the entire fair to flood relief.
Additionally, the offering at the Sunday church service held on the fairgrounds totaled $907, and the Fair Board matched that and rounded up the donation to $2,000.
The $28,000 in donations were taken to The Bethel Buttik in Westby where a farm supply and a general public account were established as well as to Vernon County banks set up for flood relief donations.
The Vernon County Fair Board also decided to offer free admittance to the fair, providing an opportunity for everyone to attend the fair, especially those families that were impacted by the flood and those that helped flood victims.