Elbert County Fair ends on high note

Livestock sale brings in record amount for young sellers

Chancy J. Gatlin-Anderson
Special to Colorado Community Media
Posted 8/14/21

The 2021 Elbert County Fair set a record during its closing weekend of Aug. 7-8, as the Saturday-afternoon Elbert County Junior Livestock Market Sale brought in more than three-quarters of a million …

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Elbert County Fair ends on high note

Livestock sale brings in record amount for young sellers

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The 2021 Elbert County Fair set a record during its closing weekend of Aug. 7-8, as the Saturday-afternoon Elbert County Junior Livestock Market Sale brought in more than three-quarters of a million dollars.

The Junior Market Sale consists of animals raised by children and teens aged 8-18 and who are in good standing with either 4-H or Future Farmers of America.

Throughout the course of the Elbert County Fair, the kids and teens participate in livestock market shows, competing for grand champion and reserve grand champion in the given category. At the market shows, animals are divided into weight categories and judged based on animal-specific established criteria.

The participants are allowed to show multiple animals in the showmanship competition, but are only allowed to sell one in the Junior Livestock Market Sale. Each animal category’s grand champion and reserve grand champion must be sold.

The sale takes the form of an auction in which 10 animals are displayed at a time in groupings known as “flights.” Potential buyers are supplied with a sale bill which indicates the animal and child order of presentation.

Of the several hundred animals at the sale, 174 were sold, bringing in a record-breaking $763,624.70. The majority of the earnings go directly to the kids, while a small portion is reserved for plaque and transportation fees.

“It was our highest sale ever, breaking over 700,000 (dollars) this year,” exclaimed Debbie Ollum, treasurer for the Elbert County Fair organizational committee. “I think it was our most well-attended sale for many years. We greatly appreciate our buyers.”

Below are the 2021 Elbert County Junior Livestock Market Sale champions and reserve grand champions, presenters and buyers:

Grand Champion Market Rabbit — Cade Tervort, $1,000 — High Plains Food Store

Reserve Grand Champion Market Rabbit — Dayton Tervort, $1,000 — High Plains Food Store

Grand Champion Market Swine — Brant Volosin, $6,942 — Integrity Auto Repair

Reserve Grand Champion Market Swine — Sadie McWhorter, $9,180 — Potestio Brothers

Grand Champion Market Poultry — Jamie Schafer, $2,100 — High Plains Food Store

Reserve Champion Market Poultry — Landon Offutt, $3,400 — Kellogg Contracting and Douglas County Septic

Grand Champion Market Lamb — Addison McWhorter, $5,216 — High Plains Food Store

Reserve Champion Market Lamb — Bernice Summers, $5,800 — Four Rivers Equipment and Powel Restoration Inc.

Grand Champion Market Goat — Soren Freund, $4,831.60 — Colorado Animal Health

Reserve Grand Champion Market Goat — McCrae Lown, $4,087.20 — Farm Bureau Insurance (Mike Mosher)

Grand Champion Market Beef — Kelli Kerchal, $13,500 — Patty Ann’s Cafe

Reserve Grand Champion Market Beef — Troy McWhorter, $9,149 — Trehal Family and Chris and Andrea Richardson

For more fair updates, including 4-H show results, visit elbertcountyfair.com/

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