Wednesday, August 14, 2013

4-H kids have a day in the sun

Express photo by Willy Cook

Blaine County 4-H Market Animal Sale volunteer treasurer Morgan Drage said Tuesday that the featured event of the 2013 Blaine County Fair raised $104,000 from the 79 projects sold Saturday. Auctioneer was Joe Bennett of Hagerman.
    “It was a very successful sale. Actually we had more buyers than in previous years,” said Drage, the Fair Board vice president who was helped on the Market Animal Sale committee this year by Thelma Cameron and Tracy Green.
    Eligible for the sale were young people making weight with their 4-H project animals. Anyone could bid on the animals Saturday at the Blaine County Fairgrounds in Carey, with four options if they were successful buyers. They could keep the animal, resell it, give the animal back, or, new this year, donate it to the Fair Board. Drage said the new option raised more than $2,500 for the Fair Board, to be used for improvements and maintenance at the fairgrounds property.
    Clockwise from above, are: Toby Whitworth, 14, and his 1,322-pound steer, Ted, finished as Reserve Grand Champions in Fitting and Showing; Makena McDonald, 12, was Swine Grand Champion with her 288-pound pig, Max; Giovanna Leslie shows her sheep entry in the sale; Gracie Peterson, 12, and her sheep enjoy the ribbons they earned this year; and Willow Anderson, 14, emerged as the Grand Champion with her 130-pound sheep Sir Lambs-a-Lot.

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