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Ag Expo awaits Market Animal Sale

August 10, 2000|By JOSH POLTILOVE

Ag Expo awaits Market Animal Sale



Megan Drake has sold 24 animals in the past six years at Ag Expo, and she's looking forward to selling four more tonight.

Tonight Boy and Girl the sheep and Scooter and Smiley the pigs are likely to be her next animals auctioned.

"Everybody cries when they sell their animals, because you get so attached to them," said Drake, 16, of Sharpsburg. "But not me. I've never cried."

The Market Animal Sale begins at 6 p.m. and likely will run until about 10:30 tonight, in what is looked upon as the culmination of Ag Expo.

Ag Expo is for members of 4-H, and the whole week builds up to this moment, Ag Expo Queen Courtney Smith said.

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There have been showings almost every day at Ag Expo, and now 4-H members will finally get a chance to sell animals and help earn money for themselves.

"The sale shows the community's support of agriculture and youth development," Smith said. "It's great because it helps the youth learn responsibility, money management and life skills. I'd say this is definitely our biggest night."

Cows, pigs, and sheep will be sold, and for the first time this year, capons and Texas longhorns will be on sale as well.

Each animal's cost depends on factors such as size and market value, and there are between 150-200 registered bidders, Washington County Extension Agent Jeff Semler said.

"Last year's sale grossed about $95,000 and it's my hope that we'll get about $100,000 this year," Semler said.

The most Drake ever made was $4 a pound for a hog. The pig weighed 256 pounds, so the Sharpsburg native pocketed $1,024.

"Every year, Ag Expo gets better and better," said Drake, who also showed Blue the pig and Squirt the lamb. "I'm basically here 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and I'm having a great time."

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