The annual Cumberland Fair 4-H Livestock Auction will begin at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, September 26th at the Show Arena in Cumberland http://www.cumberlandfair.com/. There will be 4-H market sheep, swine and beef that were entered into 4-H animal competition at the fair, including the grand and reserve champion for each species. The public is invited to bid on the animals and winning bids during the auction will receive locally grown, freezer-ready meat of the highest quality. Those who purchase animals receive personal satisfaction by helping to promote 4-H and the life skills which are developed through raising animals. Purchases are also tax deductible. Many businesses purchase 4-H livestock to use as promotional items to valued customers and to sponsor employee picnics and holiday dinners.
The intent of the auction is to provide local youth with an opportunity to learn about science and agriculture and to be involved in a positive experience with supportive adults and peers. One 4-H’er named Adam, 13, says “I love raising the animals for the auction because you get a lot of friends for life and some for only year or less (the animal). I love doing it and I am always sad come the end.” Ryan, 16, appreciates the education he gets in 4-H; “I raise animals because it’s a great way to learn more about the animal. I have learned how to cure my animal if it gets sick and how to connect with my animal to help it show well at the fair.” Lexi also a 4-Her says “I have been raising swine for the Cumberland Fair livestock action for the past 8 years and I chose to do this because it can help with many life skills; you have responsibility of taking care of the animal, have to have respect for other club members, have financial skills to see how much money you spend and in the end how much money you made after auction. Also selling a animal in the auction give most kids a great deal of money to go into their college fund! When learning during this project not only do you learn responsibility, respect, honesty and compassion but you can also learn things at the meetings. You can learn the correct “swine terms”, what to do when your hog gets sick, learn how to maintain a proper pen in different weather conditions, also you can learn how to teach younger legs how to become a great 4-H’er.”
Buyers can register at the event on September 26th and refreshments will be served at 3:30pm. All proceeds go directly to 4-H members. Buyers can also donate animals purchased to be re-sold and proceeds from the re-sale can be given to a 4-H activity of the buyers choice, such as 4-H scholarships, 4-H trips or to pay for trips to 4-H camps. For more information, contact Mitch Mason at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Cumberland County office at 781-6099 or firstname.lastname@example.org