The Livingston County 4-H and FFA Fair’s Sale of Champions drew a large crowd to the Jenkins Expo Center at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 19. A record number of 215 animals were sold to a record number of 94 buyers. These numbers exceeded last year’s by more than 30 animals and by eight buyers. The total sale reached its second-highest sales at $105,355, not quite reaching 2007's $115,249 record gross sales, but still exceeding last year’s $89,675 sales.
The auction rounded out a week full of exhibits, shows and competitions at the fairgrounds, all of which drew many spectators from the community. Livingston County Fair Board President David Beck said the auction was very successful.
“The Livingston County Fair came to a close on Friday night in grand fashion with the Sale of Champions Auction,” Beck said. “The businesses and individual buyers once again made this year's auction a huge success ... The Board and myself would like to thank these buyers for their continued outstanding support of our 4-H and FFA members.”
Steers, sheep, hogs, hams, rabbits and goats were auctioned off to the highest bidders, with hogs and steers being the largest categories. The hogs, totaling 115, raked in $56,050 in sales and averaged $487 per head. Thirty-nine steers, averaging $690 per head, brought in $26,925 in sales. Goat sales totaled $6,030 for 19 goats at an average of $317 per head. Eighteen sheep were sold for $8,750, averaging at $486 per head. Ten hams brought in $3,275 with a $327 per head average. Rabbits, bringing up the rear with five total, were sold for $, and averaged $300 per head.
Overall, Hutchinson and Company, Copeland Construction, Chula Coop, BTC Bank and the Jerry Litton Family Foundation were the top five buyers of the auction. Money collected from the auction went directly to the individuals selling the animals.
With the conclusion of the market sale, and clean-up of the fair grounds at 8 a.m. Saturday, July 20, the Livingston County Fair came to a close. The Board will begin working on next year's fair in the upcoming months.
“It was a very successful fair,” Beck said. “We had tolerable weather and very good support from the community, as always. The kids performed and did a great job.”