Mineola Hay Show goes virtual


The 54th annual Mineola Hay Show will look a little different this year.

With the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the show’s board decided to opt for a virtual show this year in order to continue raising funds that go to scholarships for Mineola High School students.

The traditional show, which includes a dinner, guest speaker and auction, will not be held.

According to the website, “When we looked at those expenses and considered the social distancing criteria, we knew that we would have to do something different.”

Rather than hold an auction that could have limited attendance or cancel the show, the board chose to carry on.

The funds raised will continue to support the agriculture programs at Mineola High School.

In its history the show has awarded more than $80,000 in scholarships since 2015, in addition to other means of support for the ag program.

Donors can go to mineolahayshow.com to donate for this year’s show.

The winning entries, which are being judged, will still be awarded the top places, and they will be recognized.

Some 84 samples were entered this year.