More to the Victoria Livestock Show auction than bidding on animals
Feb. 22, 2014 at 5:05 p.m.
Updated Feb. 21, 2014 at 8:22 p.m.
One of the best ways to help a child participating in the livestock show is to go to the back table at the auction and fill out some paperwork to be an add-on, Auction Chairman Billie Hessler said.
Add-ons are for people who want to help the children who are likely saving up their money for college but can't afford to buy a whole animal.
"I can't afford that either," Hessler said, chuckling. "I mail them a letter and sometimes, they can get as much as $2,000."
Although about 380 children show their animals, such as steer, rabbits, pigs, goats, lambs and chickens every year, 60 percent of the children see their animals go to auction.
And for the past few years, the Livestock Show sales have soared. In 2011, the children earned $509,950; in 2012, they earned $570,700; and in 2013, they earned $623,050.
Last year, the kids got $167,550 from add-ons, Hessler said.
This year, buyers will be treated to a drink and brisket supper "with all the trimmings" catered by Mike Pozzi.
Vance Runnels will be the auctioneer again and ready to convince the crowd to open their checkbooks.
"Raising an animal teaches a kid a lot of responsibility," Hessler said. "I also think that it's a great family thing."