Seneca County Fair's Junior Fair livestock auction total increased again, according to preliminary totals.
According to figures provided by a sale official, the sale raised $426,055. It was $13,079 more than last year's preliminary total.
"That's pretty impressive," said Megan Fredritz, livestock sale coordinator.
PHOTO BY PAT GAIETTO
Jamie Dunlap, a member of Eden Dairy 4-H Club, is donating the money raised from the sale of her rabbits to Stein Hospice in Ashland.
Fredritz said it shows exhibitors go out and contact buyers and that the buyers still want to support youth and understand how much 4-H and FFA can impact the exhibitors.
The sale total has increased every year over the past couple of years. The 2009 preliminary total was $328,408, $396,238 in 2010 and $412,976 in 2011.
Divisions that increased in sale totals this year were dairy steers, feeder calves, goats, milk, rabbits and wool. Goat milk, hogs, lambs, poultry and steers and heifers decreased in sales.
This year, only grand and reserve champion animals went through the livestock ring. In other cases, the exhibitor went through without his or her animal. Fredritz said the change was made as an attempt to accelerate the sale.
"I think it went well," she said.
Another change this year was both days of the sale were hosted in the livestock pavilion. Fredritz said she thinks the sale retained a lot of buyers because the sale didn't move between buildings. Also, it was cooler because of the livestock pavilion's large fan, she said.
Fredritz expressed appreciation for the sale assistants and auctioneers, who donated their time.
"The sale wouldn't run without the volunteers," she said.
One exhibitor isn't keeping the money she raised in the livestock ring.
Jamie Dunlap, 16, a member of Eden Dairy 4-H Club, is donating the $900 raised from the sale of her rabbits to Stein Hospice in Ashland. Dunlap is donating the money in memory of Greg Rogers, a Bloomville native who got her started in showing rabbits and died from colon cancer in December.
"He was like a grandpa to me," she said.