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Sensational Showmanship

Local FFA and 4-H students are proudly carrying on the tradition of livestock exhibition at the Merced County Fair all week long.

The 2019 edition marks the fair’s 128th year of showcasing the best in Merced County for the more than 70,000 fairgoers that attend the five-day event each June.

On Saturday, June 8, starting at 9:30 a.m., the Jr. Livestock Auction will be presented by American Ag Credit inside the Hilmar Cheese Barn. Youngsters from around the county in 4-H and FFA, as well as independent exhibitors, will watch their market goats, lambs, swine and beef go up for sale at the annual auction as they look to take home the top prize and price for their animals.

During last year’s auction, 630 animals were sold – generating an incredible $659,599 in sales.

The Next Generation In Agriculture

The exhibition of livestock has long been a part of the Merced County Fair tradition and a real sense of pride in the community! By participating in these events 4-H, FFA and Independent students not only have the opportunity to showcase and sell their animal projects, they also learn responsibility and gain agribusiness experience. Livestock events took place all week long in the Dairy Ring, Glacier Ring, Les McCabe Arena presented by American Ag Credit and the Hilmar Cheese Barn.

To relive other moments from the Merced County Fair, readers can check out our coverage of the opening ceremonies that included a groundbreaking of a new shade structure, the Merced Speedway that packed the grandstands, the jr. livestock auctions that brought 4-H and FFA’s best and brightest together, the special needs Friends Helping Friends Day on Friday, the S.T.E.M activities that UC Merced’s Mobile Maker Space brought to this year’s fair, or the live music performance of Canaan Smith. Those interested in seeing the sights of the Merced County Fair again can check out our photo gallery post covering the attractions, rodeo, and more from this year’s fair.

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