Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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September 5, 2009

Multimedia: Greenup County Fair auction

Auction not about money for youngsters

GREENUP — The stands of the H. L. “Hobie” Vanhoose Livestock Pavilion were packed when bidding started Saturday afternoon at the Greenup County Fair’s livestock auction.

After a hearty lunch of barbecue sandwiches, baked beans and other fixins’ the crowd settled in to watch the animals raised by children in the area’s 4-H and Future Farmers of America programs be sold to the highest bidders.

At the end of a long day of bidding, the 130 animals sold for a combined total of more than $106,000, according to Kathy Junker, 4-H Youth Development agent. While the numbers were down from previous years, Junker said she thought “it was a great sale in our economy.”

Many of the children said they expected as much.

Courtney Tackett, 17, whose 550-pound grand champion feeder calf, Ben, sold for $1.90 per pound, said she was a little disappointed he hadn’t earned more, but stressed she’s not in it for the money.

By the time she buys feed and another calf for the following year’s fair, Tackett said it’s normally about a wash anyway.

She says she participates because she “enjoys it.”

It’s the only thing that I actually do. I do school and I do this.”

Tackett is good at it, too. She has been showing for seven years, has had six grand champions and five reserve champions. Her secret?

“Hard work does pay off,” she says, with a wide grin.

She adds raising the animals has also taught her responsibility and how to care for others.

They are lessons Tim Tolliver believes both his children, Taylor Tolliver, 15, and Laykin Tolliver, 10, have also learned.

“It’s a good life lesson for them and it teaches them good work ethics,” Tim Tolliver said. “That way when they grow up and they get out of school they will know responsibility, be able to take care of their family, take care of themselves — know they have to work for a living.”

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