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September 19, 2017

Junior Livestock Auction Total Hits $1.06 million

TULARE – The Tulare County Fair’s annual Junior Livestock Auction generated gross sales of over $1 million.

The $1,060,590 auction, which took place Saturday and Sunday, drew more animals and the price per pound was up for every breed, noted Pamela Fyock, CEO of the Tulare County Fair.

A highlight of the 2017 auction was the donation of a hog to the Tulare County Fair Foundation by livestock exhibitors Kourtney and Lindsey Beck. The hog was purchased by the Curti family, with additional funding from Brass Ring Amusements, Visalia Ceramic Tile, Garton Tractor, Inc., Diversified Dairy Solutions and Farm Credit-Visalia, resulting in a donation of $6,160.

“This very generous donation to the Fair Foundation will allow us to continue to improve our livestock area,” noted Foundation board member Geneva Shannon-Orlopp. “Raising and showing livestock is a significant time commitment for these students, and they learn many lessons of life-long value.”

The reserve supreme champion market beef winner was Jenna Schmidt of Central Valley Christian FFA; the reserve supreme champion market lamb winner was Ty Lewis of Waukena 4-H; the reserve supreme champion market hog winner was Kourtney Beck of St. Aloysius 4-H; the reserve supreme champion market goat was won by Jacquelyn Brooks, of Visalia Technical Early College FFA.

“The Junior Livestock Auction is the heart of this Fair because it represents agriculture and continues a nearly 100-year-old tradition of commitment and healthy competition,” Fyock noted. “These kids work very hard and I’m proud of the community for coming forward in such a big way to support their efforts.”

The 2017 fair enjoyed great weather, an enhanced line-up of free-with-admission entertainment, three nights of motorsports and a gran jaripeo in the grandstands for the Hispanic community.

Community members donated time on two fairgrounds clean-up days and many sponsors contributed services, product and financial resources to ensure another great fair, Fyock added.

“We have been in a rebuilding mode at the Tulare County Fair for the past several years,” Fyock noted. “As we approach our 100th birthday in 2019, we are excited to be able to offer a fair that is bigger, better, cleaner and offers great family entertainment.”