Youth Livestock Sale Brings in Over Half Million Amid Pandemic

Chance Knighten smiles as his reserve champion rabbits sell for $900.
Chance Knighten smiles as his reserve champion rabbits sell for $900.

Chance Knighten smiles as his reserve champion rabbits sell for $900.

The Youth Livestock Sale concluded this year’s pared-down Campbell County Fair on Sunday. The sale event brought in $525,581.25 from 230 entries, including beef, goats, lamb, poultry, rabbits and swine.

Youth Livestock Sale participants, whether 4-H or FFA, often use their proceeds from the sale to save for college, grow their own flocks and herds, repay project expenses and continue the hard work and agricultural values that make Campbell County strong.

“It was a huge success,” said Marilyn Christensen, Campbell County Fair Board chairman, following the sale, which ran from 1 – 6:30 p.m., respectively, at the Cam-Plex Central Pavilion.

Five-year Fair Board Member Shawn Acord, who worked the sale from inside the ring from start to finish, echoed the same sentiment.

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“Once again, the Campbell County and surrounding communities have turned out to show these kids that, even in times of economic hardship and medical uncertainty, they matter and their hard work pays off,” Acord said.

Today’s sale marked a new chapter for Acord and fellow Fair Board Member Sarah Edwards, who both retire from the working board this year.

“I’ve had a great five years and met people who will end up being lifelong friends,” Edwards said Sunday morning during a mandatory sale meeting, where she thanked the board, community, fair families and the kids.