By: Christy Stephens | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2022
Premium sale participants include beef, swine, sheep, goat, and dairy exhibitors. PHOTOS COURTESY OF ROGERS COUNTY FAIR PREMIUM AUCTION
Every year, the Rogers County Premium Auction takes place after the conclusion of the Rogers County Fair. The Premium Auction benefits 4-H and FFA youth in their endeavors to fund future agricultural projects.
“This is the way that America raises future farmers and ranchers,” says Susan Gebhart, Rogers County Premium Auction Committee Member. “Rogers County is very invested in making sure that agriculture stays a strong, vibrant practice.”
Student participants work very hard during the year to be competitive in their livestock show classes. For many years, hundreds of students have benefitted from this lively auction. Raising livestock is strenuous work and the Premium Auction provides a great Rogers County Fair crescendo for both student participants and spectators.
HOW THE PREMIUM AUCTION WORKS
Students earning top honors at the fair further compete at the premium sale for the chance to earn funding toward future projects or college.
“The premium sale translates into prize money,” explains Gebhart. “The county fair level is an auction format — kids go through the arena; people bid; and instead of the animal changing hands (a terminal sale), the winner receives prize money, which is often used to fund the next project.”
WHY SUPPORT THE PREMIUM AUCTION
This sale is a fundraiser that is beneficial on many levels, and not just financial — youth are given an early chance to develop a strong work ethic and life lessons. Additionally, it is a wonderful incentive for more individuals to enter and contribute to the integral and vital business of agriculture.
“The benefit of this sale is building a future,” states Gebhart. “We are raising people who are the future of agriculture. Those who participate are receiving supervised agricultural education through 4-H and FAA instructors; and every year, they learn better practices, sustainability, and procedures.
“We encourage excellence – most of our kids do very well at state and national levels — and so the level of commitment by the supporting adults as well as the kids is very high. These projects are expensive, so this is what we are doing as a community to support these programs,” concludes Gebhart.
SCHOLARSHIPS AND ONLINE DONATIONS
According to Gebhart, “This fundraiser helps 89 students each year to open the doors to scholarship opportunities. For example, Rogers State College has been a good partner, with both the fair and the sale, by sponsoring six Showmanship Class scholarships. “
Bidders will also be able to make an “add on” contribution – simply put, anyone who wishes to add more money to a particular participant’s sale will be able to do so at the auction or to go to the website to add funds.
Rogers County Youth Livestock Premium Sale Auction is Monday, September 19th, 6 p.m., at the Claremore Expo building.
Your support helps students to re-invest in their next livestock project or put it in their college fund. PHOTO COURTESY OF ROGERS COUNTY FAIR PREMIUM AUCTION
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