BLACKFOOT — The 4-H Market Sale on Wednesday brought the 2013 edition of the Bingham County 4-H Fair to a close.
A total of 216 animals were auctioned. The grand champion and reserve grand champion of goats, rabbits, swine, sheep and beef were auctioned at the top of the sale.
These top 10 animals brought $10,425 to their owners.
The Stoddard Family Endowment hog was sold and resold seven times before the winning bidder took it home. Money raised from the endowment hog goes directly back into 4-H for scholarships. Bidders gave $1,625 to this scholarship fund.
What do you like about 4-H?
"I like that you get to raise an animal and work with it," said sixth grader Abby VanOrden from Blackfoot. She has been in 4-H five years and raised a pig and goat this year.
"It's good money for the summer and a fun way to hang out with your friends," said Ashley Carpenter, a Firth High School senior. This is her ninth year in 4-H.
"I like the money, the experience and the responsibility," said Natalie Jolley, a Firth junior.
"I like learning about the animals," said Mikayla Leiseth from Blackfoot. She has been in 4-H for six years. She raised a market hog and showed horses in the 4-H show.
"It's a good experience learning about lambs," said Braxton Jensen from Firth.
"I liked feeding and leading around my sheep," said Gentry Loveland. "I liked seeing how it progressed and leading it in an actual competition."
This is Gentry's first year in 4-H.
"i like the money and the goats," said Kaitlyn Wanstrom from Firth.
Kids definitely liked the money they earned from their 4-H projects.
What I like about 4-H is I like seeing the kids and their parents working together," said U of I extension education Scott Nash. "I like the fair."
Bingham Commissioner Ladd Carter said, "It's for the kids. I think the coolest part is it gives parents a change to interact with their kids in a positive way.
"It builds families," he said. "I've seen dads working with their daughters to prepare the animal for the fair. They work on this together.
"The kids take on the responsibility of caring and feeding the animal," said Carter. "Kids learn this is part of producing a healthy animal and good product for the consumer."
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