Cody Kester, 17, grooms his steer he says is the second heaviest to enter the auction ring during Saturday's livestock sale at the fair. The steer weighed 1,462 pounds.
By Chris Collins
The 77th annual 4-H and FFA
Livestock Auction brought record
sales for the youngsters who worked
hard to prepare their animals for the
final day of the Baker County Fair at
"It's the highest total auction we've
ever had," said Randy Guyer, who's
been associated with the sale since
1975, but began keeping records seri-
ously in 1981.
Total sales for the 129 animals
sold at this year's Aug. 9 auc-
tion were at about $245,000 as of
Wednesday. That doesn't include the
"add-on money" from people who
didn't make it to the sale - but who
want to contribute - that is still
coming in, said Jayne Kellar, the
sale committee's co-treasurer with
Terri Siddoway. Kellar also is the
office manager for the Baker County
Guyer, who's also a sale committee
member, said the sale total could go
as high as $250,000 once everything
is accounted for.
The second highest auction total
was collected during the 2012 fair
when the sale brought in $228,107
for 138 animals, Guyer said.
Last year's sale, at which 144 ani-
mals were sold, earned $190,434. For the full story, see Friday's print edition of the Baker City Herald.