Students learn life lessons at OC Fair livestock auction
As OC Fair-goers filled up on fried food and adrenaline-pumping rides, students with Orange County 4H and Future Farmers of America gathered under a large canopy where several hundred buyers attended an auction.
This was the students’ final stop in a year-long journey of raising and caring for their farm animals. Goats, rabbits, chicken, cows and pigs, all given names like Hank, Andre the Giant, Drumstick, Nugget and Wesson, paraded before bidders.
Mills, a Clover Leaf 4-H member says she doesn’t get emotional about selling her animal for slaughter. She’s been earning money doing this since she was 10-years-old, she said.
Gomer, a 122-pound Grand Champion market lamb, earned Sarah Mills, 17, of Yorba Linda $10.50 a pound.
Lessons were learned about hard work, responsibility and earning money. There was camaraderie, too.
Masen Karsten, 13, with Trabuco Trailblazers 4H, couldn’t wait to congratulate Dylan Mongan, 18, with Orange Acres Backbreakers 4H, after his turkey, “Andre the Great,” fetched top dollar.