BONNERS FERRY — The 2018 Boundary County Fair brought a crowd to the fairgrounds over the past week, allowing fairgoers to see the animals, view booths, eat tantalizing food, and walk through the various entries of art, gardening, and many other things.
The 4-H and FFA Market Animal Sale kicked off on Aug. 17, bringing members of the community and businesses together to support the local kids.
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The hardworking youth sold rabbits, beef cows, sheep, and pigs over the evening, ending in tearful goodbyes, and an eye on the future.
Cheyenne Cada paraded her three Grand Champion rabbits around the auction arena, selling them to Carter Country.
Sydney Nelson proudly showed off her blue ribbon, Grand Champion Showman steer, selling it to General Feed and Grain. Hailey Chouinard sold her blue ribbon steer who was also awarded with, not only the Reserve Champion Showman award, but the cash income from the sale, as with all of the market animal sales. Sierra Hill won Grand Champion Steer followed by Holly Ansley’s Reserve Champion Steer, both also sold in the auction arena.
For the Sheep class, Clara Zills won Grand Champion Lamb, Sydney Stanch won Reserve Champion Lamb, Kaelynn Baisden won a blue ribbon and Reserve Champion Showman, and Molly Flower won a blue ribbon and Grand Champion Showman.
The high prize winners for the Swine division were Lance Freeze with his Grand Champion pig, Trent Freeze with his Reserve Champion pig, Cade Jelinek with a blue ribbon and Grand Champion Showman swine, and Katelyn Hutchinson won a blue ribbon and the Reserve Champion Showman awards.
“Next year, I plan to take a steer for the first year. I have already got it planned out. He is picked and ready and I am really excited about it,” said Fair Royalty Queen Katelyn Hutchinson. “His name is King Kong. He has nice big legs, and he is super fluffy, so I am excited all around.”
Hutchinson sold her 234-pound Champion swine to Houck Farms.
“I just really want to thank them,” said Hutchinson. “It was my fourth-grade teacher’s husband that bought it, and I plan on getting a job with one of their family members. I just really appreciate their support for me and they have known me for so long, so it means a lot to have them here to support me.”
“I appreciate all of my supporters, and I think that the whole community comes out and really helps us a lot, and I am very thankful to everyone,” stated Lance Freeze, who sold his 265-pound Grand Champion pig, which was sent to South Hill Meat & Locker.
Through the buyers, many of the animals purchased at the auction were either sent to the South Hill Meat & Locker in Bonners Ferry, or to Wood’s Meat Processing located just north of Ponderay, and each buyer had the option as to which processing plant to send the animals to, or whether to do so.
With 129 young adults and their animals in this years Live Auction, the 4-H and FFA members have received knowledge over the year with their fair animals, support from family, friends, and the community as a whole, and have learned that a little bit of work pays off in the long run.