Over $180,000 raised for local youth
A youth livestock sale sponsored by the Stevens County Cattlemen’s Association (SCCA) recently put over $180,000 in the pockets of youth exhibitors at the Northeast Washington Fair, setting a new record for sales. The 2017 sale logged in at $131,000, making for a nearly $50,000 increase.
A number of market weight animals were featured at the 2018 sale, including 40 beef, 68 swine, 15 sheep, 10 goats and two rabbits.
The annual event managed by SCCA allows youth showing their market weight animals at the fair to sell them during the event to both businesses and private buyers.
SCCA President Justin Hedrick said SCCA supports the event every year by organizing the sale, contracting with an auctioneer and doing the bookkeeping for the sale. He said the event encourages youth to think about their future in the livestock industry.
“Showing an animal at the fair takes months of hard work and preparation. These kids really have to invest their time to do a good job. Being able to sell the animal at the fair shows them that hard work pays off,” said Hedrick.
Hedrick said the sale wouldn’t be a success without the support from the community.
“We had over 80 buyers this year that made the event successful by showing up and purchasing the animals,” said Hedrick. “Making a new record for sales this year is great and we really appreciate the support from the community.”