By AMANDA GRAY
GOSHEN — With fast voices and flying numbers, auctioneers helped 4-H members sell their livestock at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair on Friday.
Advisory Board Member Mary Kay Longacre said the Rabbit Club auction went very well.
“We were down a few in the numbers of rabbits we auctioned, but we’re up overall with our money, especially the average amount per rabbit.”
Longacre said all of the rabbits did well, and the champions and reserve champions brought in very good amounts of money.
“(The 4-H members who auctioned animals) did very well,” she said. “We’re pleased with how the auction went. We appreciate the help of the community in our auction, and we especially appreciate our rabbit club buyers.”
The Lamb Club also fared well through the auction, according to Club Co-Leader Jane Hathaway.
“It was excellent,” she said. “We had great support from the community, as always.”
Hathaway said all of the lambs sold above market price, and that the club sold more lambs this year than last year.
“The community absolutely steps up each and every year,” she said. “We’d be lost without the community.”
In other livestock sale news, the grand champion steer shown by Hilary Lechlitner of Wakarusa was not sold at the auction Friday. Beef Club representatives told The News that the animal is headed to the State Fair.
The 2012 4-H Livestock Auction raised $931,871 Friday at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair. That’s the third best in 18 years, according to information released late Friday by the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service of Elkhart County. Last year was a record-setter for the auction with $964,127.20, and the second-best sale was $941,983 in 2007.