Heppner gazette-times. (Heppner, Or.) 1925-current, August 16, 1979, SPECIAL FAIR AND RODEO SECTION, Page Page 8, Image 20

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Come early...see awards and
buy a 4-H or FFA animal
By John Nurdhcim
Arrive about 5:15 p.m., so
you can get a good seat for the
Awards Ceremony.
Sit next to your best friend
of 1974. The purpose:... to see
what kids are most interested
in supporting. Look what John
Smith gave for the best purple
After the awards ceremony,
act like you're wandering
idly around with a purpose.
Look for the animal you want
to buy. Chat with neighbors
you haven't seen for six
mouths. Partake of the
scrumptious food at the Snack
Shack, the fair's finest. Find a
seat close to the front of the
auction ring at about 7:45 p.m.
This is business.
Look at the other people. See
how much you think they will
bid. Will they bid against you?
Run out at the last minute to
make sure what animal you
want. Get a fair order sheet
that lists the sale order and
placing of animals at the
show. See where your animals
are in the sale order. Check
the animal's weight. Find out
what the floor price for that
day is. This tells you how
much a normal, scrawny
animal is worth thai day. All
of these animals were raised
with TLC and are obviously
worth more.
If you can't bear to eat your
favorite, you can sell it back
for the floor price. In this case
you just pay the difference
between what you bid and
what the floor price is. What a
cheap way to support those
4-H and FFA kids!
Quit daydreaming; the sale
is about to begin. Sit very still ;
don't scratch your itchy nose.
When your animal comes into
the ring, start scratching your
hose, stretching your ears,
practicing your hand dexter
ity. Oh, and there's your best
friend wave at him. You will
probably find that you just
bought your animal, and
weren't hardly even paying
any attention, so be suave. '
Tell the bid spotter whether
you want the animal, or want
it "returned" or "turned
If you want the animal, you
will have to make cutting
arrangements with your
butcher, and tell the sales
clerk where to send the
carcass. Oh, by the way, while
you're standing there talking
to the sale clerk, write out a
check for the animal you
The kids receive their
money that night. The Morrow
County Livestock Growers
and the First National Bank of
Oregon, who sponsor the sale,
need you payment to guaran
tee that the owners get their
Fair Time!
What a tremendous and
busy time of year. But you
wouldn't miss fair for any
thing. If you stay there long
enough, you can see everyone
in Morrow County and half the
rest of the state and so many
exhibits to see.
You can just taste Granny
Smith's preserves. And that
quilt reminds you of some long
ago cold winter night. See that
little kid with his pet clutched
tightly with love. It makes you
think of your own pets long
since gone. Nostalgia is half of
what brings us a fair each
Fairs were originally a
place to show off your farm
produce and handiwork. The
old-time quilting bees were a ;
forerunner of the modern
fairs. Today's fair may be
more organized in some ways
but the allure is still there.
The excitement that comes
from being so close to so many
other people bustling around,
watching closely for friends,
seeing nearly forgotten old
friends, meeting new ones,
and looking at the myriad of
exhibits. You wouldn't miss it
for anything.
Can you think of any other
single event in Morrow County
that draws so many people?
Can you think of anything else
that attracts so many hours of
It's not all for the token
premium that the exhibitors
receive. Ask any exhibitor if
they made money at the fair.
Most will say that the prem
iums just barely paid for their
gas getting to the fair. Some
"lucky" people with champ
ions will make more than
others, but is that not the
reward of a champion exhibit?
What else produces the allure
of a fair?
Fair is more than just being
in the spotlight. You don't just
walk into the spotlight. These
kids spend many hours of
work preparing for fair,
getting their exhibits bough1
made, polished, baked, wash
ed, fed, weighed, analyzed,
running or whatever. Fair is
the crowning glory for all the
work that went into the
exhibit. Very often, the kids
learn that the more work and
care they put into the project,
the brighter the spotlight. So
they learn values and ideals.
Isn't that also called growing
Fat stock sale
starts at 7:30
Tuesday evening
The annual 4-H and FFA
livestock sale is scheduled for
Tuesday, August 21st at 7:30
p.m. at the Fairgrounds
FFA and 4-H members will
be selling fat stock hogs,
sheep and beef with Don Wink
of the Northwest Livestock
Commission Company, Herm
iston serving as auctioneer.
Wink has served as auctioneer
for the fair for about 25 years.
Ron Currin of the Morrow
County Livestock Growers
said buyers of the livestock
may have the animals shipped
to Hill Meat Company, and the
meat cut and wrapped and
delivered to their homes,
courtesy of the livestock
The proceeds from the sale
of the animals are generally
used by the youth members
for college expenses.
Currin said the show gen
erally draws a crowd for the
two hour auction. Animals are
shown in the ring by the
individual growers.
Before the sale every year,
the growers call up the
livestock markets and ask the
bid prices of animals.
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Each year 4-H and FFA youth
wait anxiously for the Fat
Stock Sale held each year
during the Morrow County
Fair and Rodeo. The sale'
gives the youth an opportunity
to recapture their investment,
Coordinated by the Morrow
County Livestock Growers
association, the sale begins at
7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21 in the
covered barn opposite the