At Thursday’s Boone County 4-H Fair Livestock Auction, beneath the blare of the amplified auctioneer and the yelped "yep!" of the spotters calling another bid, ran the clang of pen gates opening and closing, the indignant squeal of a pig being directed to a destination for which it was unprepared and the murmuring chatter of spectators. The traditional conclusion to the fair, the auction allows 4-Hers a chance to build their bank accounts, as businesses, friends and family pay a premium above an animal’s market value. Entering the auction is optional, and some exhibitors choose to hold back their animals, preferring to enter the Indiana State Fair or other livestock exhibitions. Although many 4-H'ers participate in several species shows, they are allowed to sell only one animal at auction. This year’s event, in the Witham Health Services Pavilion, began with the rabbit division, with Tyler Olson’s grand champion meat pen sold for $550. Fifteen other rabbit project 4-H'ers sold animals.
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