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Oct 14, 2021

This week, your hosts are joined by two members of the Tillamook County Junior Livestock Auction Committee, Dakota Lager and Teri Fladstol!


Dakota Lager is the 4-H Program Coordinator at the Tillamook County Oregon State University Extension Service. He has been with the Tillamook County Program for 2 years but has been around 4-H and County Fairs for most of his life. Dakota also attended ShoWorks training in March of 2020 and jumped in to help get the JLAC Auction online for the 2020 and 2021 Tillamook County Fairs, as well as the 4-H and FFA Youth.


Teri Fladstol is from Jigsaw Consulting Services. She attended ShoWorks training in March of 2020 to help several of her clients with their events when the pandemic threw a curveball into many events across the country. Teri was able to work with Dakota and the ShoWorks team to keep things moving along as much as possible for both the 2020 and 2021 Tillamook County Fair.


The Tillamook County Fair is held annually in August. Though the 2021 fair recently passed, you can look forward to 2022 where the fair will run from August 10th-13th. Key features include courtyard entertainment, carnival rides and games, Pari-Mutual Horse Racing, exhibits such as 4H and FFA animal projects, local fair food, nightly concerts, their world-famous Pig N’ Ford races, and much, much more!


In this episode, Teri and Dakota discuss the Tillamook County Fair, how they pivoted for COVID, their record-breaking year for sales in 2021, the change they’ll be making headed into 2022, the key pieces that they believe made their fair and auction a success, and their advice for families looking to show at next year’s auction!


Topics of Discussion:

[:43] Today’s scripture.

[1:09] About today’s episode with Teri and Dakota of the Tillamook County Junior Livestock Auction Committee!

[2:09] Jeffrey Palermo introduces today’s host, Christina Rudolph, and welcomes Teri and Dakota to the podcast!

[2:15] Christina also welcomes Teri and Dakota to the show and shares how she originally met the two.

[2:35] Where Tillamook is, what makes it so special, all about their County Fair, and their Junior Livestock Auction.

[5:19] How do they decide who makes the sale in Tillamook?

[6:52] About the extraordinary sales that they made in 2021.

[11:58] How Teri and Dakota worked together to pivot during COVID and made 2021 their best year yet.

[14:11] Teri and Dakota share how they were able to communicate with their buyers what to expect in 2021 in terms of how the auction has changed.

[17:53] What did they learn from their 2021 hybrid event that they will be taking with them in future events?

[20:20] Teri and Dakota share what they’re looking to improve for 2022.

[21:49] Key players and roles leading up to the sale that help make the fair and auction a success.

[25:57] Teri speaks about their fantastic team dynamic.

[26:28] Dakota shares advice for the families whose animals make the auction this year on how to ensure that their animal/s will meet the requirements for next year’s auction.

[28:13] How to get involved in the show or get started with showing.

[29:33] Dakota and Teri each share their favorite fair memories.

[32:00] Jeffrey and Christina thank Dakota and Teri for joining the podcast!


Mentioned in this Episode:

Tillamook County Fair

Tillamook Cheese Factory

Teri Fladstol’s LinkedIn

Dakota Lager’s LinkedIn


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God Moment

“Fill your minds with those things that are good and deserve praise; things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and honorable. Put into practice what you learned and received from me, both from my words and from my actions. And the God who gives us peace will be with you.” — Philippians 4:8-9


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