Youngsters in 4-H and FFA programs across Merced County, as well as independent exhibitors, watched their market goats, lambs, swine and beef go up for sale at the annual auction on Saturday, June 8.
Many of the students were looking to take home the top prize and price for their animals. It was also a time for local farmers and ag supporters to share good times, as well as a time for some teary-eyed students to say goodbye to the animals they raised.
During last year’s Junior Livestock Auction, 630 animals were sold – generating an incredible $659,599 in sales at the 2018 Merced County Fair to support these students and ag programs.
Stay tuned for this year’s numbers, and awards / honors that were handed out.
The event was presented by American Ag Credit! and sponsored by many local ag businesses and groups.
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 showmanship competitions 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.