Sat, Nov. 16

VV Fair auction breaks records

The pigs are sleeping. The steers are snoring. The kids are celebrating. It's Saturday night and the 2006 Youth Livestock Auction has just wrapped up a record-breaking day.

This year's auction saw a 50-percent percent increase over sales recorded in 2005.

"The business people and families here in the Verde Valley really came out in support of the youth," said Linda Harrison, fair manager.

"It was an amazing day. The community truly showed their support. I am thrilled to finish my term as chairman of the Fair Board with such an outstanding auction," said David Williams.

Over $328,000 was raised, a fair record. There were 38 head of steer, 90 pigs, 31 lambs, 13 rabbits, seven chickens, one meat goat and one cavy sold. An amazing $4,356 was the average price for a steer, $1,308 for a pig and lambs averaged $1,137.

The businesses of the Verde Valley are to be commended for their generous support. Phoenix Cement/Salt River Materials, Rocky Construction, Inc., Hip Valley Construction, Inc., A&L Fire Protection, Inc., Ernie's Mini Mart, Read Homes, The Cowboy Shop, and Larry Green Chevrolet were the top buyers, all spending over $10,000 each.

Lee Welch sold his grand champion steer to The Ledbetter Law Firm. Franky Perez sold his Grand Champion Pig to Larry Green Chevrolet. The Grand Champion Lamb was sold by Adriana Salinas to A&L Fire Protection, Inc. Phoenix Cement/Salt River Materials purchased Tyler Johnson's Reserve Grand Champion Steer. The Reserve Grand Champion Pig was sold to Steve Reddell Construction by Mikey Boler. Cheyenne Robinson sold her Reserve Grand Champion Lamb to Bedrock Landscaping.

"What a great auction. It's the perfect highlight to a great fair. We've had an incredible run, the entire fair was a success," said Harrison. "Everyone seemed to have a terrific time."

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