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Eagle County Fair Junior Livestock Sale wraps fair week for local 4-H kids

A local 4-H'er awaits the results of his steer auction during the Eagle County Junior Livestock Sale. This year's event is planned today at 1 p.m. at the Eagle River Center.
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What: Eagle County Junior Livestock Sale.

When: 1 p.m. Saturday, July 22.

Where: Eagle River Center, Fairgrounds Road, Eagle

More information: Everyone is welcome. Bidding is easy, and the proceeds go to the 4-H kids who raised the animals they are showing. Animals are taken directly to processing following the auction. All accounts must be paid at the time of the sale, with a personal check, cash, certified funds or a major credit card. The yearly auction is made possible through the support of local sponsors, buyers and through the work of the volunteers on the sale committee. For more information, go to www.eaglecountyfairandrodeo.com.

EAGLE COUNTY FAIR & RODEO

Friday, July 22 — Patriotic Night

9 a.m. to 8 p.m. — 4-H and open-class exhibits open, Eagle River Center

9:30 to 10 a.m. — Pretty Baby Contest registration, Eagle River Center

10 a.m. — Pretty Baby Contest, Eagle River Center

Noon — Carnival and vendor booths open; Junior Livestock Barbecue, Eagle River Center (ticketed event)

1 p.m. — Junior Livestock Auction, Eagle River Center Stage

4:30 to 8 p.m. — Kids’ crafts, Tyller Gummersall Show, Festival Grounds

7 p.m. — PRCA Rodeo, Pro Rodeo Arena

9 to 11 p.m. — Free Dirt Dance, with Matt Mason, “CMT’s Next Superstar” winner, Arena Stage

For more information, visit www.eaglecounty.us/fairrodeo.

EAGLE — Back when he was a 4-H Club kid, Adam Trujillo showed rabbits and poultry, and he once collected $800 for a Grand Champion duck he raised during the Eagle County Junior Livestock Sale.

He still remembers that auction fondly. Today, in his role as the president of the Eagle County Junior Livestock Commission, he hopes lots of other kids will make lifelong memories.

“People can expect some really great quality animals this year. Some of the animals are the best we have ever seen and the kids are some of the most responsible kids we have ever had,” Trujillo said.

The Junior Livestock Sale represents the culmination of a year’s work for 4-H kids and it is a highlight of the annual county fair. Local 4-H Club members invest countless hours throughout the year with daily feeding, cleaning and handling of their animals in preparation for exhibition at the fair and sale at the auction. Animals are evaluated by professional livestock judges, and those that meet established market quality standards are auctioned at the Junior Livestock Auction.

By the time they bring their animals into the auction ring, the 4-H kids have showed them in a series of competitions that happen during fair week. Those events supply some of Trujillo’s favorite fair moments.

“During the week you see so many kids helping each other and showing their willingness to learn,” he said.

Trujillo’s son Logan is one of those kids. Logan raised a pig and rabbits for this year’s fair and he is one of 60 4-H members who will sell 135 different items during the auction this afternoon.

All are welcome

You can’t have an auction without buyers and people with checkbooks and credit cards are welcome to attend the Junior Livestock Sale. Sometimes businesses purchase animals and sometimes residents partner up to make a buy. As fair organizers note, buying an animal from the auction is an ideal choice for anyone, from a resident to a restaurant owner, who supports local food production.

This year’s auction plans to be a spirited affair, with auctioneers Loyd Gerard and Kip Gates directing the bidding. Last year’s auction hit the $200,000 mark and with more large animals — this year there are 14 steers up for sale compared to only six last year — that figure could go quite a bit higher.

The sale will start with the grand champion animals in all species groups, followed by the reserve grand champions. From there the sale will mix it up with steers, swine, sheep, goats, poultry and rabbits.

The action gets underway at 1 p.m. at the Eagle River Center.