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2020 Consumers Energy Show & Go Showcase

revised 7/23/2020

GCFFY is proud to present the 2020 Consumers Energy Show & Go Showcase

GCFFY is not letting COVID-19 stop us in 2020.  The fair’s first priority this year was to ensure our public’s health.  Close behind this, the fair started finding creative solutions to meet its organizational mission to provide youth an opportunity to showcase their accomplishments.  Consumers Energy who was our title rodeo sponsor wanted to be part of GCFFY moving forward this year.  From this, the Consumers Energy Show & Go Showcase was created. 

Click here for sale information Click Here for Exhibit Log-in Information

Click here for event scheduleClick Here for Live Show Checklist & Information

To help you understand the Showcase better, we have tried to anticipate your most common questions and answer them.  Click here for more information on why the fair changed format this year.

How will my still exhibit project be judged?

Information was emailed out on July 21 to exhibitors who registered for Still Exhibits. If you did not get an email from us, please click here.

What are the parts of the Live Show & Go Showcase?

The fair will have live and in-person shows for exhibitors in Beef, Cats & Pocket Pets, Dairy, Feeder Beef, Goats, Horses, Poultry, Sheep, and Swine.  These shows will be significantly limiting the number of visitors who can attend.  This helps GCFFY comply with the State of Michigan’s plan to deal with COVID-19.  The shows will be limited to the exhibitor and one or two parents/helpers.  Exhibitors and family will be discouraged from congregating and will be asked to leave the arena after the show.

Specific show details for each species are available.  Inside these documents will be information critical for exhibitors and their family to understand. 

Beef - Revised 7/7/2020

Cats & Pocket Pets


Feeder Beef - Revised 7/7/2020




Rabbits & Cavies


Swine - Revised 7/7/2020

How do I register for the Animal Consumers Energy Show & Go Showcase?

Exhibitors (INCLUDING CLOVERBUDS) in Beef, Feeders, Goats, Poultry, Rabbits, Cavies, Sheep and Swine must register for their projects by completing a Google form no later than 11:59 p.m., Monday, July 13 (this date has been extended from Wednesday, July 7).


How will exhibitors know where to go for weigh-in or the show?

Information is in the specific species information as outlined in the previous question.  Be sure to read this entire document to make sure you have the correct information.  GCFFY’s Map with gate numbers can be downloaded by clicking here.


What is the schedule of events for the Consumers Energy Show & Go Showcase?

The Showcase will run the same length of time as the typical fair July 25 through August 1.  The events though have completely changed to make sure the overlap between species is eliminated or limited. 

Click here for the 2020 Consumers Energy Show & Go Showcase schedule.

How will still exhibits be judged?

Still Exhibit projects will be evaluated virtually.  Youth who enrolled on the fair entry form will be invited to participate in virtual Still Exhibit Judging.  They will need to register by July 13 with us letting us know how many projects they would like to have evaluated.  Judges will meet with the exhibitor via a video conference and provide feedback.  All participants in the virtual show will receive a fair t-shirt. 

Click here for information on how to sign up for Still Exhibits.

Register for the Virtual Still Exhibit Judging by clicking here.

Does an exhibitor have to show to participate in the sale this year?

No.  GCFFY understands this year is not a normal year and everyone’s comfort level will be different.  GCFFY will require its market animals to be weighed on the day of the show but exhibitors do not need to show to participate in the show in 2020.  For specific information, be sure to download and read the entire Consumers Energy Show & Go Showcase Information for your species.

If you do participate in the sale, you MUST complete a Record Book and turn it in when you get your animal weighed.

Can I sign up for this show if I am not already registered?

Sadly, you cannot sign up for this event.  The Consumers Energy Show & Go Showcase is only open for exhibitors who have properly registered already for the 2020 Gratiot County Fair for Youth.  GCFFY’s goal is to greatly reduce people on the fairgrounds to comply with state and local health requirements.

Who can come to the show?

To keep your numbers in line with the State of Michigan’s guidelines for COVID-19, GCFFY will only allow essential fair volunteers, exhibitors and limited family members to come to the show.

Will the bathrooms be open?

Yes.  The fair’s bathhouse and the bathrooms outside of the Bill & Grace Vanderbeek Fair Office will be open during the shows.  We ask if the bathroom has more than five people inside the bathroom we ask you wait outside until someone comes back out.  Do not forget to wash your hands with soap frequently while singing your favorite tune.  There will also be hand sanitizer stations throughout the fairgrounds.

If you are discouraging people to attend, how can we see the show?

GCFFY has teamed up with the local FFA programs to provide Facebook Live videos of the shows as they happen.  Be sure to like and follow GCFFY on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/gcffy) and Instagram (@gcffy) to get information about this and keep up with the latest information.

Can we still camp?

Yes, the GCFFY Campground is a fully licensed campground under the State of Michigan.  The State is allowing campgrounds to operate.  For families who have paid for their campsite they will have four options:

  1. Camp at GCFFY for the week of fair.  You can plan to camp with us between Friday, July 24 and Sunday, August 2 on any or all of these days & nights.  Campers will need to follow the rules outlined in the GCFFY Campsite Rules document.  There will be no prorating of campsite fees no matter what happens this year.
  2. This year GCFFY has lost many of its normal sources of revenue it uses to create a great fair experience for everyone.  GCFFY will ask families who are not camping with us to give their campsite fee back to the fair as a donation.  A gift of a campsite fee will help us survive this financially stressful year and be ready to open in 2021.  Furthermore GCFFY is a 501(c)(3) public charity and through the CARES Act passed earlier this year you may be able to deduct up to $300 off your 2020 federal tax return even if you don’t itemize your taxes. 
  3. You can roll your 2020 campsite payment over to cover your 2021 payment.  GCFFY realizes this year is financially stressful to everyone.  You can move your campsite fee over to the 2021 year and still keep your same campsite you already use even though you will not be camping with us this summer.  Families will still need to turn in their campsite reservation form agreement for the 2021 year which will go out this coming fall.
  4. Families can request a refund of the campsite fee (excluding any late fees).  Refunds will be mailed back in September.  Families who ask for refunds will be asked if they want to camp again in a future year.  If they do, they will be placed on the fair’s Campsite Waiting List.

Camping families will be emailed with specific information by July 3 and will need to make their decision no later than July 15, 2020 or their fee will be donated back to the fair.
Families on the campsite waiting list will be contacted to see if they want to camp with us as spots become available.

What will be sold this year?

Sherwood Auction Service has donated their online auction service to make the GCFFY Livestock Sale an online sale.  The sale will be online by 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 29 at https://www.sherwoodauctionservicellc.com/.  The sale will start to soft close on Thursday, July 30 at 2:00 pm and the entire sale is expected to last no more than 2 hours.
The fair will sell Goats, Rabbits, Ducks, Turkeys, Chickens (market and live egg laying pullets), Swine, Sheep, Feeder (Dairy) Beef, and Beef.  This year GCFFY has been forced to cancel the popular Still Exhibit Auction, crops and the gallon of milk sale.  They will be back in 2021.

Where will my animals go after the sale?

Exhibitors will need to deliver their animals after the sale. Starting on Friday, GCFFY will email exhibitors with their destinations. All Beef, Feeders, Goats, Sheep & Swine will need to be taken to United Producers EXCEPT for Buyer Pick Up. Exhibitors will be expected to contact their buyers to make sure they have a plan to get these animals to their buyer by Sunday, August 2. For those who must go to UPI, click here for a map to where animals will be unloaded.

Will there be a carnival, fair food and rodeo this year?

Sadly, these cannot fit into our plan.  There will be no outside food vendors coming to the fair during the Consumers Energy Show & Go.  We look forward to serving elephant ears, watching cowboys ride the bulls and looking out over Alma on the giant wheel again between July 31 and August 7, 2021. 

What happens if the COVID-19 situation changes?

If we have come to expect anything this time of year, it is to be flexible.  There is no guarantee things will not be tightened up before the Consumers Energy Show & Go Showcase.  Things may again be have to be modified if the State moves backwards in its reopening plan.  We just ask you to be patient with us this year as we try to redesign what we do in a very short amount of time.

How can the fair pay for this?

GCFFY receives many donations and sponsorships to put on the annual fair.  These donations make it possible for the fair to be able to provide this experience to our youth exhibitors.  Click here for the list of annual donors to Gratiot County Fair for Youth.  Be sure to thank these donors to let them know they are appreciated.  If you would like to make a donation or if you do not see your name listed, please contact the fair office at 989-466-5071.