Junior Livestock show, auction next week

Junior Livestock show, auction next weekBy KELLY COSNER

News Review Correspondent

When the iconic Ferris wheel and Tilt-a-Whirl arrive and alter the familiar skyline at the Desert Empire Fairgrounds next week, so too will arrive the lesser-seen sheep, steers, pigs, goats and other familiar farm animals in preparation for the 2019 Desert Empire Fair Junior Livestock Show and Auction.

The livestock show runs Thursday, Oct. 17, through Saturday, Oct. 19. Each day, from morning to evening, animal handlers will show their hand-raised livestock in the Boyle Show Arena. (A complete show schedule can be found on the Facebook page, Desert Empire Fair Jr Livestock Show & Auction.)

The youth involved in the show and auction come from many California counties including Kern, San Ber-nardino, Mono and even L.A., representing different youth development organizations including 4-H, FFA and Grange. Many independent exhibitors also participate.

One of this year’s independent exhibitors is local high school junior Cheyenne Moore. Just like the other youth involved in the event, Cheyenne has spent countless hours nurturing and raising her animals. This year she is bringing rabbit meat pens, two pigs and one steer to the show and auction.

Through months of hard work, these young people devote countless hours to culminate at the livestock sale on Saturday.

The sale is preceded by a sign-in and buyers’ luncheon. Attendees can support these youth at the auction by becoming buyers and bidding on their animals. Many options are available to winning buyers.

Options include taking it home, sending it out for processing to fill the freezer or donating it back to the junior livestock program.

For more information or if you are interested in becoming a buyer and need a buyer’s packet, you can call Curtis Moore at 760-382-4585 or Angie Moore at 760-382-4575.

Anyone can come out to enjoy the show and auction. For Thursday’s events, visitors can use the livestock entrance to the fairgrounds to gain access to the show barns and arena.

For Friday and Saturday’s events regular fair admission is required for entry to the livestock area.

In addition, one of the final 4-H events of the season, The Ridgerunners Open Horse Show Series Fall Equine Festival, is this Saturday, Oct. 12.

The festival is one of the many events that our local youth participate in, This event includes competitive classes in both English and Western disciplines and is being held at the Desert Empire Fairgrounds.

Pictured: Aucution attendees bid on items at last year’s event. — Photo by Kelly Cosner

Story First Published: 2019-10-11