Smiles were everywhere. The kids were excited. And it was just nice to see everybody get together again.
Then the students, the judges and all the great fair supporters did what they always do.
They got down to business.
And boy did they come through.
This year’s Livestock Show and Sale at the Merced County Fair — held without the carnival rides, midway attractions and entertainment — brought in a record total in sales.
• A total of 531 beef, goats, sheep, swine, rabbits and chickens were sold generating $750,969.86 in sales/add-ons.
• A total of 42 dairy replacement heifers were sold generating $150,502.50 in sales/add-ons.
• Grand total for the entire sale: 573 animals and a whopping $901,472.36 in sales/add-ons
The numbers were way over last year’s “virtual” sale that generated $571,000, though that event was considered a huge success during the pandemic. In 2019, sales reached $724,197 with a total of 617 animals.
Of course there was plenty of competition and awards to be handed out to 4-H, FFA and Independent exhibitors.