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By Jaryd Cline
Sports Editor 

Market sale brings community, families together

 

August 30, 2017

Jaryd Cline

Jorgia Bean shows her 1,300 pound steer on Saturday during the Market Stock Sale.

The Klickitat County fair is all about family and community and the Market Stock Sale under the New Sale Arena on a warm Saturday afternoon proved it.

Dozens of buyers were out to support kids from all around the county, bidding on the 130 total animals ranging from rabbits, turkeys, chickens, goats, lambs, swine and steer while many of the buyers went on and turned the animals to further support the kids. The gross sum of all money spent on the Market stock sale will be posted in next week's Sentinel in a half-page color ad.

"I'm so, so appreciative of the community. I don't know what else to say," Market Stock Sale Coordinator Helen Rolfe said. "The kids would never be able to do this without family and community support."

Two of the big sales that Rolfe was Rolfe was extremely excited about was the sale of Lydia Hanning's 1,284 pound grand champion steer and the White Salmon Valley FFA Chapter's pig.

Hanning's champion steer sold for $4 a pound to Chad and Denise Ross, who sent it to be custom slaughtered and donated back to New Hope Farms.

The pig, which belonged to and was tended to by the entire White Salmon Valley FFA Chapter, took multiple donations and raised $11,225 for the chapter.

The money will go toward helping build a barn on school property for the White Salmon FFA.

"It was phenomenal. It made my feet not hurt as bad," Rolfe said with a laugh. "Those two sales were pretty emotional for me."

Along with Hanning's grand champion steer, there were six others who showed grand champion animals.

● Delaney Peters showed her grand champion goat, a 95 pound animal that sold for $5.75 a pound to the Mid-Columbia Vet Clinic. It was one of 20 goats shown on the afternoon.

● Amber Read had the champion rabbit, which sold for $375 to Bandit Glass in The Dalles. Amber and Dalton Read showed the only two rabbits on Saturday.

● Kimberly Wascher showed two chickens, the grand and reserve champion, with her grand selling for $450 to Sunrise Coffee. Ana, Serphina and Blaise Clark were the three others who showed chickens.

● Quinn Perry showed the only two turkeys on Saturday, with his grand champion selling for $400 to Bandit Glass.

● Maggie Gutierrez showed the grand champion lamb, which was one of 24 lambs shown. Her lamb sold for $7.75 a pound to Rimrock Ranch.

● Mason Strieck had the grand champion in the swine group, a 294 pound hog which sold for $6.70 a pound to Wilson Trucking and Double W Orchards, both of Glenwood.

The year-long commitment the kids make to tend and care for the animals goes a long way in helping them build for the future.

Jaryd Cline

Riley Perry walks her 75 pound goat around the arena, showing the large crowd her animal.

"We're teaching these kids life skills and to be responsible as far as taking care of the animals and learning financial help," Rolfe said. "The community helps and many of the kids use the money for college. There's so many things in the comradery of all the kids in the county getting together all week."

Rolfe herself remembers showing animals when she was a kid and has been around to watch her kids and grandkids continue the tradition at the fair. That's how it is for many of the other families that've participated in the sale year after year and through previous generations. Rolfe also compared the livestock department coming together at the fair to a family reunion.

"We all get together and catch up," she said. "It's just wonderful. Definitely a family thing."

 

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