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Shawville 4-H auction raises thousands for members

Brett Thoms
Shawville September 4, 2022
Sunday night of the Shawville Fair saw the long anticipated 4-H Market Steer and Lamb Auction in the outdoor showpen at the back of the fairgrounds. In front of the packed bleachers, nine 4-H members of a diverse age range presented their award winning steer and lambs for auction.
All of the animals up for auction had won awards during the 4-H Market Steer and Lamb Show on Friday morning.
Overall it was a great evening for those presenting their animals, who got to use the proceeds of the sales to fund their education, expand their herds and donate to charity.
The five steers sold at the auction averaged $8.05 per pound meaning that the average amount raised was $9,948 per member. The lambs averaged $40.75 per pound, meaning that four lambs averaged $3,812.25.
Before the show, the announcer, Phillip Holmes, encouraged potential bidders to be generous.
“When it comes time to bid, forget about how much money you’re spending,” said Holmes. “Don’t think about it for a second. Just keep those hands flying. And remember, look at the animals. Look at the kids. Don’t worry about your bank account. Okay?”
The 4-H auction also honoured long-time Shawville 4-H market auctioneer Revel Stewart, who . . .

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