Livestock auction culminates year of hard work
By ANDREA BROWN-HURLEY / Staff Writer
There were steers, cheers and a few tears Friday at the Ag Expo, as Washington County 4-H members parted with their animals during the Market Animal Sale.
The Expo's crowning event began with applause for the auction's two-legged participants, who crowded into the auction ring.
"Right here in this ring is our future," said volunteer auctioneer Jack Downin.
He shared the microphone with fellow auctioneers Jim Cochran and John Downin to speed-pitch the lengthy line-up of livestock that 4-H'ers raised during the past year.
Dozens of club members showed their animals to about 120 bidders.
Last year's auction raised $95,000, and event organizers hoped to surpass the $100,000 mark Friday night, said Jeff Semler, a University of Maryland Cooperative Extension agent specializing in 4-H in Washington County.
A small percentage of the proceeds covers event costs and funds such special projects as a new college scholarship for senior 4-H and Future Farmers of America members, Semler said.