Bidders were ready to pay hundreds or thousands of dollars for livestock Friday night to support local children and participants at the Chaves County 4-H and FFA Fair.
“We’re always proud of the support we get from the community,” said Mark Steen, the fair’s vice president. “It amazes us every year.”
The auction was expected to sell 84 animals chosen as winners in each category. Participants raised the animals in their 4-H and FFA clubs in the past few months.
“It pays off for all the hard work they put into these animals,” Steen said. “We’re real proud to be part of this town and this community. It’s just an excellent program. It’s one of the best programs kids can get into.”
All money raised at the event goes back to the participants.
The live auction was well attended by community businesses and individuals, who all heartily purchased lamb, rabbits, chickens, cows, swine and steers throughout the night.
A reserve champion broiler pen of chickens sold for $1,000, a bucket of champion meat pen rabbits went for $800 and a steer was purchased for $1,300.
Several community members also volunteered throughout the week to help organize and run the fair, Steen said.
“The adults here have the same passion to help these kids,” he said.
For first-time seller Amber Longoria, a Goddard High School student, it was difficult to part with her lamb.
“She’s the first lamb I’ve ever owned,” Longoria said, with tears in her eyes. “She was really fun. I liked her a lot.”
“Daisy” had an attitude, she said.
“I would do something and she would look at me,” Longoria said. “She would run around and play.”
Luckily, Longoria will still get to visit Daisy and might someday buy one of Daisy’s offspring.