Mid-State Fair Industrial Arts Auction Brings $ 102,000
$ 35,000 raised for the James W. Brabeck Foundation
–The 2021 Industrial Art Auction was held on Thursday, July 22, on Ranchers and Farmers Day at the California Mid-State Fair. This year’s auction, with auctioneer Rick Machado, brought in $ 102,000, thanks to the generous support of the community. Over $ 750,000 has been raised since the auction began over 20 years ago.
An additional $ 35,000 was raised to support the James W. Brabeck Foundation (JWBYLF), which serves agricultural-related and at-risk youth in the community through scholarships and fundraising campaigns that will help influence their future. Since its inception in 2017, JWBYLF has been instrumental in supporting exhibitors at the California Mid-State Fair. In 2020, JWBYLF raised over $ 200,000 which was used to purchase livestock, with nearly 50,000 pounds of protein donated to the SLO County Food Bank.
Airgas has been the main sponsor of the industrial education program since its inception; the program was designed to showcase the many talents of local high school manufacturers. High school store instructors supervise their students, who design a variety of projects using basic and advanced welding techniques, to produce barbecues, trailers, utility racks, wine racks, store benches, porch swings, coffee tables and other projects.
The 2021 California Mid-State Fair runs from July 21 to August 1 and is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year.