media release

Colorado State Fair

Colorado Department of Agriculture

www.coloradostatefair.com

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 28, 2012

Contacts:  

Chris Wiseman, General Manager, (719) 924-0151, Chris.Wiseman@ag.state.co.us

Christi Lightcap, Dir. of Communications, (719) 924-0154, Christi.Lightcap@ag.state.co.us

                                               

Colorado’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale Celebrates Colorado’s 4H & FFA Youth

Bidders Dig Deep with $60,000 Above Last Year’s Total

 

PUEBLO, Colo. – The annual Colorado’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale at the Colorado State Fair has come to a close; the sale is instrumental in supporting the future of Colorado’s agribusiness as it demonstrates to youth the importance of raising quality livestock and the work required of those who pursue careers in agriculture.

 

The sale is the largest 4H and FFA event of its kind in Colorado. According to preliminary totals, the 2012 sale accumulated approximately $478,800 from the state’s most dedicated bidders. Last year’s sale totaled $407,325. 

 

“The Colorado State Fair is honored to host this annual event for Colorado’s 4H and FFA youth; we provide $340,000 of our annual budget and facilities to these organizations because we believe their hard work and dedication to the agricultural community,” said General Manager Chris Wiseman.  “I also want to thank the generous bidders for their financial support of these great kids.”

 

PRELIMINARY results are available at http://www.coloradostatefair.com/page.aspx?name=eventResults.

 

Grand & Reserve Champion

Exhibitor Name & Hometown

Buyer

Bid

Grand Beef

Cody Huwa, Roggen

Sam Brown & Family

$55,000

Reserve Beef

Colton Lind, Eaton

Denver Rustlers

$19,500

Grand Hog

Jaime Beach, Westcliffe

Sam Brown & Family

$26,000

Reserve Hog

Brooke Stromberger, Iliff

Anadarko Petroleum

$20,000

Grand Lamb

Darren McLaughlin, Craig

Denver Rustlers

$12,000

Reserve Lamb

Darren McLaughlin, Craig

Sam Brown & Family

$8,500

Grand Goat

Tanner Fetzer, Kersey

Southwest Motors

$5,000

Reserve Goat

Shelby Teague, Ft. Morgan

Crabtree Amusements

$3,750

Grand Rabbits

Sydney Baty, Loveland

Legacy Bank

$3,000

Reserve Rabbits

Krystalyn Anderson, Hesperus

Fair Ladies

$1,500

Grand Chickens

Rochelle Weigel, Castle Rock

Friends of the Fair

$3,000

Reserve Chickens

Cole Hooker, Fort Collins

Smiley Farms

$2,250

 

The Colorado State Fair runs until September 3, 2012.  For more information, visit www.coloradostatefair.com.

 

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The 2012 Colorado State Fair will mark the Fair's 140th year as Colorado's premier celebration of agriculture. The Fairgrounds provides nearly $34 million in economic activity to Colorado throughout the year; $29 million of that activity is driven by the annual State Fair event.  In addition to showcasing Colorado agriculture, the annual event features one of the country’s largest traveling carnivals, artwork, crafts, food competitions, thrilling rodeo action, a wide variety of food and merchandise booths and a Fiesta Day honoring Colorado's ties to the Hispanic culture.