OTTAWA — Goats, poultry, rabbits and sheep were sold during the annual small livestock sale at the Putnam County Fair Thursday.
Today is Ag Day with the large animal sale at 8:30 a.m. at the main show arena. Tonight’s events at 7 p.m. are the tug-a-truck competition and W.A.R. wrestling.
Aaron Siefker, sale auctioneer, has done the auction for 35 years at the fair.
“There is a great crop of kids and animals every year and they are the future of agriculture so we need to support them,” Siefker said. He said the children learn how to invest their money and purchase their animal, feed it and show it.
Cole Kleman, O-G High Risers member, sold his 1-year-old goat Doug for $2,400 Thursday during the livestock sale. He earned Grand Champion Market Goat during this year’s fair.
“It was hard to make sure he did not get overweight or underweight,” Kleman said. Kleman has four goats and only sold two goats. He said he likes to compete against the other youth who show goats.
Heather Brickner, representing Ag Credit, said a large group of people donated money to purchase the goat.
“We support the fair every year and the sale. The youth put a lot of work into showing and selling,” Brickner said.
Allison Roth, 16, Continental, earned grand champion recognition for her three 3-month-old male meat chickens. The chickens sold for $1,300.
Roth has shown her chickens in the fair for the past 11 years. In addition to showing chickens she has shown cattle at the fair.
“I love being around the animals and having new experiences with them and showing them,” Roth said. She said it takes a lot of hard work and effort to raise her chickens and make sure they are fed, watered and their pen is clean. She has learned about responsibility in showing her animals.
Ava Henry, 14, of Leipsic, was the grand champion for her three male rabbits that sold for $750.
She said she lets the rabbits run in their large cage and likes to hold them. She has been in 4-H for five years and has shown rabbits at the fair for the past five years.
“I make sure I feed and water the rabbits. I like to meet the other people who show and sell their rabbits,” Henry said.
Kam Utendorf, 14, of Columbus Grove, sold her Reserve Grand Champion Market lamb named Bodie.
“I love to spend time with my friends at the fair and learned patience and give a lot credit to the kids who do well here because it is a lot of time and effort,” Utendorf said.
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