July 21, 2005

Auction Premiums Help Support Fair Exhibitors

Local buyers will get the chance this Saturday to buy cattle, sheep, pigs and much more and they wonít even have to bother taking the livestock home with them.

Boosters of the local 4-H and FFA programs will gather at the Scotland County Fairgrounds, Saturday at 9:00 a.m. for the annual Junior Livestock Sale. Local merchants and area businesses will bid to purchase the animals from the 2005 fair in an auction to benefit the youth exhibitors.

While some animals are purchased for butchering and the winning buyer can take the animal, generally most of the livestock are passed on to the various area livestock outlets that establish a floor price for the an unable to attend.imal. Bidders pay a premium beyond the floor price, which is met by the livestock market, with the difference going directly to the youth exhibitor.

Businesses or individuals interested in supporting the fair and the youth livestock exhibitors are encouraged to attend the auction and let the bidding begin. Donors wishing to support the project but are unable to purchase an entire animal can enter joint agreements with one or more other buyers to share the cost.

For more information contact superintendents Randy Ward, Brian Kraus, Wayne Bulen or Mark Mallett for cattle or dairy; David and Crystal Smith, Deny and Danette Clatt or Stacy Westhoff for sheep and goats; Bruce Childress, Lila Spray, Greg Cowell or James Vassholz for swine or Dana Hauk or Tammy Weidenbenner for art hall.

You can also contact the Memphis Democrat if you wish to make purchases at the junior livestock auction. The newspaper will have a bidding agent at the event Saturday morning if you are unable to attend.

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