4H auction promotes life skills, responsibility

The Cache County Fair is more than just three days of good food and rides. Starting two days before the fair even opens, young people from across the county come and prepare their livestock for competition. Many are members of 4-H, an organization that promotes life skills and responsibility. Pigs, sheep, steers, even pygmy goats are paraded around the ring by children as young as nine. Scott Williams is the man in charge of the agriculture side of 4-H. He is a recent convert to the organization. He didn’t think much of it until his own children entered their lambs into the fair. Wearing the organization’s four-leafed clover patch at competition, Williams says, he finally saw the light. “They learned responsibility and they could present themselves to these judges when they led their lambs around,” he says. “They just gained a whole lot of confidence.”Williams became a believer and now helps plan the livestock events for the Cache County Fair each year. He explains that the two day competition, which consists of showmanship and marketability of the animal, is beneficial for the community. After the lambs are shown and judged, they are then auctioned off to the public. It is a great deal, he says, because the going price is fair and people are supporting the kids who have spent six months of their lives raising them. “We get a lot of support from places you wouldn’t think of,” he continues. “We have car places, banks, real-estate business; they all support the livestock competitions and make it possible for next year’s competition.”This year’s livestock auction will be held at the fairground’s indoor arena Saturday, August 14, at 9 a.m. with buyer registration beginning at 8:30 a.m.

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