DIXON — The youth you see in the Livestock Barns tending to their animals spend countless hours after school and on weekends feeding, grooming and learning how to show their animals in the judging ring.
Now they will discover that all that hard work can be rewarded with a paycheck, but the lessons learned in responsibility are theirs for a lifetime.
The money earned by the children at the Dixon May Fair Junior Livestock Auction often goes to the purchase of an animal to raise next year, repays parents for feed bills or helps along the way toward college savings accounts.
Big numbers were realized at the 2013 auction with young Wyatt Currie’s turkey selling for a record-breaking $8,500. Then Abby Bechtold’s lamb brought her $8,540. Not to be outdone, Jacob Hall’s pig fetched $9,880, and the largest sale of the day went to Olivia Simpson, who earned $10,710 for her goat.
Overall, the 2013 Junior Livestock Auction at the fair raised $432,859 as 379 animals were sold, an increase over the 2012 sales total of $360,616 for 336 lots.
By supporting the Dixon May Fair Junior Livestock Auction on Saturday, May 10, purchasers are contributing to the education of today’s youth, the citizens of tomorrow. The auction starts at 11:30 a.m.
The Junior Livestock Auction at the fair has been developed to educate the exhibitors in livestock marketing. The sale is made up of market animals that have been shown in the livestock divisions of the fair. These animals are owned, raised, fed and shown by the boys and girls in 4-H, FFA, Grange and independent programs. They have been judged by knowledgeable people and placed according to the market grades for the auction sale order.
If you don’t feel you can individually use or purchase an animal, consider partnering with friends or family. Some local businesses use their top-quality meat as customer rewards or sales incentives. You can also support the auction by adding money to the purchase of a specific animal, if you aren’t interested in purchasing an animal for yourself.
For more information on how to bid and purchase at the auction, call the fair office at 707-678-5529.