Kids sell thousands of dollars worth of livestock at State Fair


Lots of kids at the State Fair tried their best to sell their sheep, goats or steers to the highest bidder at the junior auction Friday.

Going once, going twice!

“I sold it…three-thousand dollars,” said the auctioneer.

Nearly 100 steers, pigs, goats and sheep were sold in the junior auction at the State Fair.

“This is my lamb,” said 14-year-old Jayde Perea.

Kids from near and far said this isn’t their first rodeo.

“I’ve really been doing this my whole life, pretty much,” said 14-year-old Jayde Perea. “I would go out in the barn and help them and play in the dirt.” 

They told KRQE News 13 preparing for the auction takes a lot of work, but when it’s their time in the ring:

“We just set them up and walk them around,” said 12-year-old Charli Spindle.

It’s the animal’s job to sell itself.

“You make them pop their muscle pretty much so the judge feels them and tells them how much muscle they have and how good the quality the lamb is,” said Perea.

The hardest part, is trying to not have a cow when their livestock gets sold.

“I get pretty attached, but I guess that’s part of it,” said Perea.

When KRQE News 13 asked Spindle about why she doesn’t name her livestock, this is what she said: “Because I don’t want to get too attached to him when I sell him.”

As for Spindle, she got a pretty penny for her 1,300 pound steer.

“I sold it for five-five-zero-zero,” said the auctioneer. “Fifty-five hundred dollars.”

“And I hope more kids want to do this because our industry is really kind of dropping,” said Perea. “So that’s really sad, but it’s really fun.” 

Still, it’s the big smiles from the kids that are priceless.

Those animals sold Friday were going for thousands and thousands of dollars. The kids said they can’t wait to come back next year.

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