More than 100 kids, accompanied by their animals, participated in the fair’s annual 4-H Livestock Auction on Thursday evening.
The auction gathers all of the animals, with their owners, that have been shown at the fair throughout the week. After a pulled pork and potato salad dinner was served, folks settled into their seats and waited for the show to begin.
The 4-H youth patiently lined up and waited to enter the front ring to display their goats, sheep, hogs and steer to prospective buyers. At lightning speed, the auctioneer began calling off bids and entertaining crowds walking past.
“It’s a program that the youth really enjoy,” Holland Livestock Committee member Cheryl Holstege said. “A lot of them come back because they enjoy being at the fair.”
As livestock buyers thumbed through catalogs listing tag numbers and weights of the animals, they’re supporting what Holstege said is an excellent program for youth. She said that even as 4-H members grow up and leave the program, they continue working 4-H events like Thursday night’s auction — and even begin raising 4-H youth of their own.
“It’s a way for you to meet other people you normally wouldn’t,” said Eric Headley, a high school student from Holland participating in the auction.
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