Seneca County Fair's Junior Fair livestock auction took in nearly $17,000 more than last year, according to preliminary totals.
According to figures provided by a sale official, the two-day sale raised $412,976. The total includes commercial and farmers' bids. Last year's preliminary total was $396,238.
"We had a real good sale again this year," said Scott Kiesel, who coordinates Seneca County Junior Fair Livestock Buyers' Group with his wife, Stacey.
Sale divisions that saw increases in their totals were dairy steers, goats, goat milk, hogs, lambs, milk and steers/heifers. Beef steak, feeder calves, poultry, rabbits and wool saw decreases.
Megan Fredritz, livestock sale coordinator, said 718 entries participated in the sale.
She said she thought the sale was a success considering the weather and economic conditions.
She said she received plenty of compliments about the new building, which has a fan.
"I really think the weather was a big factor this year (for the sale and fair)," she said.
Fredritz said she knew there were a lot of new buyers, which is encouraging because it means exhibitors are going out and contacting people.
One organization that promotes bidding is Buyers' Group. Kiesel said it collects money from people who cannot attend the sale.
"We buy for them," he said.
This year, Buyers' Group collected about $19,500, down from last year's total of about $21,000.
Fredritz said the six auctioneers who participated in the sale, including three in the livestock show arena and three in the cattle barn, volunteered their time, worked hard for bids and got them.
"We appreciate them donating their time," she said.