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Cleveland youth livestock auction nets $500K

May 3, 2018

Dozens of local youths showcased their livestock, artwork, baked goods, photography, ag mechanics and crafts at the Cleveland Youth Livestock Auction on Friday, April 27, at Stancil Exposition Center in Cleveland. By the time the last bid was in, more than $420,000 was raised from the 125 auction items.

Combined with the $56,000 from the freezer sale and add-on bids, roughly $500,000 was raised by the local youths.

“Our youth auction brought in $100,000 more than last year. That’s a huge increase,” said Jennifer Lewis, president of the Cleveland Livestock Show and Dairy Day (CLSDD). “Our freezer sale broke records at $56,000 and we’ve only had it for the last three years.”

The biggest bid of the night was $12,500 for Chase Anderson’s Grand Champion Market Steer, purchased by Encino Landscapes, Tom Johnson and Brenda Johnson. Anderson is a member of Mid-County 4-H.

The second-highest bid of $12,000 was for Jenna Wolcik’s Grand Champion Market Swine, purchased by Johnson Construction Clearing. Wolcik is a member of Tarkington FFA.

“There were 125 items in the premium sale and 30 items in the freezer sale. The freezer sale is an option for kids whose animals or projects don’t make the premium sale,” Lewis said. “That way they aren’t stuck with having to take it home.”

Lewis credits the CLSDD board for working together to restore a sense of community in the rodeo and livestock show events but admits that none of the success would have been possible if not for the sponsors and bidders.

“We can’t say enough to thank our buyers. Without the support of our community, we wouldn’t be able to make it a success every year,” Lewis said.

Nearly all of the money raised from the auction and freezer sale is returned to the students to provide college scholarship funds or seed money for their projects next year.

“A small amount we keep for the organization to fund the show next year,” Lewis said.

For more information on CLSDD, go online to www.clevelandlivestockshowdairyday.com.