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Small animals sold at Junior Livestock Auction in Dixon

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Leslie Perez holds up two quails as Joe Gates auctions them off during the livestock auction at the Dixon May Fair, Saturday. Rabbits, pigs and sheep were also sold in the auction. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic)

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From page A1 | May 11, 2014 |

DIXON — The Dixon May Fair Junior Livestock Auction brought members of local 4-H and Future Farmers of America out for a sale of their animals that they raised over the past year.

Animals sold included rabbits, goats, chickens, turkeys, lambs and other small animals.

Andrew Galvin of Vacaville came in as an independent seller of his 8-week-old chicken, which sold for $150. Galvin is a senior at Will C. Wood High School in Vacaville. 

“I didn’t have the money to join 4-H and FFA but I could get in as an independent for free,” he said.

“I didn’t have a hard time getting rid of the chicken. Everyone gets rid of them. You just have to pay for the processing fee,” he said.

“My family is into 4-H so I know a lot about it.” he said. “I came last year and decided I wanted to give it a try.”

Galvin said he isn’t sure what he wants to do with his earnings.

Madison Farris, 11, of Vacaville Pleasants Valley 4-H, brought in $200 for her chicken. She happily got rid of her poultry.

“He was kind of messy to pick up after, but I had fun raising him,” she said.

Next year she would like to raise a turkey; rabbits are off the list of options, though.

“I would just cry if I had to give a rabbit up,” she said. “I would hide him under the table and be like, ‘Don’t buy him.’ ”

This is her first year in 4-H and she is really enjoying herself. She plans use her earnings to buy a scooter and put some money away for college.

“I really, really have been wanting this scooter,” she said.

The final day of the fair will bring a Mother’s Day “Bubbly and Bites” for the moms who want a bit of wine and food. There will also be a couple of events with dogs, including an early morning 4-H care and training show and extreme canine stunt dog show.

The fair will conclude with musical acts from Carmen Jara and Banda Tierra Azteca and a dance party.

Reach Susan Hiland at 427-6981 or shiland@dailyrepublic.net.

Susan Hiland

Susan Hiland

Susan graduated from Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon with a B.A. in Communications. She has eight years experience working for newspapers in Wausa, Nebraska. She lives in Vacaville with her husband and dog.
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