This had to have been one of the neatest things I have ever attended. Congrats to all the kids for doing such a great job! It was a pleasure to support them and the 4-H program, and I look forward to supporting them in the years to come!
On auction night, 4H members learn whether hard work raising livestock will pay off
Submitted by Howard Owens on July 19, 2013 - 12:08am
Auction night at the Genesee County Fair is a big night for 4H members. It's the night members find out whether a year of hard work raising lambs, hogs and steers is going to pay off, both in terms of ribbons and cash.
Bidders are a mix of local farmers, business leaders and vendors to farms who often pay higher than market prices to help reward the perhaps future farmers for their efforts.
The auction was conducted by William Kent, Inc.
Here is a collection of pictures from Thursday evening's auction.
Lauren Young prepares her steer for auction.
Taylor Ross with his prize-winning lamb.
Moving cattle to and from the auction ring can get a little crowded.
Bidders are provided with a list of animals coming up for auction.
Winning bidders receive a blue ribbon and a photo of the animal they won with the 4H member who raised it. Winning bidders have the option of taking the animal or letting it go to commercial auction and paying only the difference between it's market value and what they actually bid.
A winning bidder.
Dylan Weber and his second-place hog.
Hudson Weber brings his hog to the auction ring.
A hog in line to enter the auction ring.
Two hogs resting after their turn in the auction ring.
Julian Duyssen waiting for his turn to enter the auction ring with his hog.
To purchase prints of these photos, click here. More photos from the auction in the slide show.