One of the highlights of summer is in sight with the State Fair at Ninilchik coming up next week, August 15-17. This is a busy time of year for 4-H youngsters with hopes of winning ribbons and earning some money at the Junior Market Livestock Auction. Recently, 4-H members addressed the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce to drum up interest for one of their biggest events of the year. 17 year old Stephanie Lamb has raised and sold an animal at the auction for the last 9 years, "Raising the larger animals like steers is more of a group effort, because when you're a little kid they can be hard to control, but parents are always there for support," said Lamb. Profits realized on the effort have gone to Lamb's college fund, which she plans on needing after graduation.
Lamb is the Vice President of the Junior Market Livestock Auction this year and along with President Katie Moerlein has made numerous presentations at civic clubs and organizations on behalf of the auction. 4-H members also call on businesses and individuals personally to get to know potential bidders and also to practice their public speaking skills. Anyone interested in supporting an individual 4-H member or family and not wanting to purchase an animal, can attend the auction and give an "add-on" to the member after the animal is sold, "While the animal is still in the ring, any community member can bid an add-on of $10.00 or say 5 or 10 cents a pound on a hog or turkey and that makes a bonus for the member that raised the animal in addition to the sales price," explained Lamb. Many businesses such as Unocal and Udelhoven Oilfield System Services have invested thousands of dollars over the past to support 4-H members at the auction. 4-H publishes recognition of all participating buyer and sponsors at the auction in the Peninsula Clarion. For more information call Nancy Veal at 262-5842.
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