2022 Elbert County Fair Junior Market Sale is success for kids

Record-setting haul benefits young people who showed animals

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The 2022 Elbert County Fair Junior Market Sale was a huge success, setting a new sale record of $850,780, nearly $90,000 more than 2021. Organizers believe it may end up being this year’s highest market sale in Colorado. The sale took place at the Horse Pavilion at the Elbert County Fairgrounds on Aug. 6.
 
The Junior Market Sale consists of animals raised by young people ages 8-18 who are in good standing with either 4-H or Future Farmers of America.
 
Throughout the course of the Elbert County Fair, the kids and teens participate in livestock market shows, competing for Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion in the given category. At the market shows, animals are divided into weight categories and judged based on animal-specific established criteria.
 
The participants are allowed to show multiple animals in the showmanship competition but are only allowed to sell one per category in the Junior Livestock Market Sale, with the caveat that each animal category’s Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion must be sold.
 
In addition to the champion and reserve champion sales, there was $150,000 of additional sales.
 
Below are the 2022 Elbert County Junior Livestock Market Sale champions and reserve grand champions:
 

Beef

Grand Champion — Kelli Kerchal: $16,330, purchased by Stretch Transport, LLC
 
Reserve Grand Champion — Troy McWhorter: $9,890, purchased by GMT Exploration
 

Lamb

Grand Champion — Harlan Summers: $7,500, purchased by Summers Construction
 
Reserve Grand Champion — Bernice Summers: $6,500, purchased by Four Rivers Equipment and Summers Construction
 

Swine

Grand Champion — Troy McWhorter: $6,840, purchased by Elizabeth Locker Plant
 
Reserve Grand Champion — Troy McWhorter: $9,800, purchased by Front Range Landscape and Nursery
 

Goat

Grand Champion — Soren Freund: $5,150, purchased by Colorado Animal Health
 
Reserve Grand Champion — McCrae Lown: $1,800, purchased by Colorado Animal Health
 

Poultry

Grand Champion — Liam Braun: $2,300, purchased by High Plains Food Store
 
Reserve Grand Champion — Leah Lave: $3,100, purchased by High Plains Food Store
 

Rabbit

Grand Champion — Dayton Tervort: $800, purchased by High Plains Food Store
 
Reserve Grand Champion — Alexa Duricy: $800, purchased by Bino’s Pizza
 

Additional sales averages

Per head ~$5,000
 
Beef ~$8,500
 
Lamb ~$4,700
 
Swine ~$4,900
 
Goat ~$2,600
 
Poultry ~$1,750
 
Rabbits ~$850
 
Elbert County Fair, Kiowa, Colorado, 4-H

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