|4H, FFA Jr. Fair Livestock sales approaching|
|Sunday, June 22, 2014 8:00 PM|
OTTAWA — The 2014 Putnam County Fair will soon be here and that means the 4-H and FFA junior fair livestock sales are approaching. The Jr. Fair livestock sales consist of selling livestock projects completed by 4-H and FFA youth of Putnam County. The youth have purchased, cared for and shown the animals in competition at the fair.
The small animal sale will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday in the main show arena on the fairgrounds. 4-H and FFA projects sold will be the sheep, goats, poultry & rabbits.
The large animal sale will be held at 8:30 a.m. Friday in the main show arena on the fairgrounds. 4-H and FFA projects sold will be the hogs, feeder calves, dairy and steers.
Many Putnam County businesses have made it a tradition to support the Jr. Fair livestock sales. There are approximately 400 livestock projects sold each year and they average approximately $210 per sale. All businesses buying animals at the county fair are recognized by having their names posted in the fair book and being listed in the newspaper. Champion and reserve champion projects usually sell for more and include a picture of the project, exhibitor and buyer in the newspaper.
Local businesses that have traditionally supported the Jr. Fair sales have received reminders in the mail. If an individual or business is interested in participating in the Jr. Fair sales for the first time, they are encouraged to call the Putnam County Extension Office at 523-6294 or the Sr. Fair Board at 523-4628 for more information.
The Jr. Fair sales are conducted by local volunteers. All of the auctioneers, ring men and clerks donate their time and energy to make the sales successful.