By Christina Calloway
PNT senior writer
Heather Buzard said the hardest part about raising 22 animals this year was going from barn to barn in the heat of the day to check on them.
She hopes her hard work and investment in her animals will prove to be a fruitful endeavor this year at the Roosevelt County Fair, where she will show five goats, three pigs and 14 chickens. Her goal, like all competitors, is to make it to Friday’s Junior Livestock Sale.
“I have some really good ones this year,” said Buzard, 12, with a smile Monday as she tied up her goats.
Buzard, like other 4-H students across the county, will be vying to show her animals at the 25th annual Junior Livestock Sale, an event that rallies community support for Roosevelt County’s youth. The youth auction off their hard work and the community members, comprised of local businesses, organizations and individuals, act as buyers.
Junior Livestock Sale Committee member Amber Hamilton said more than $3 million has been raised within the 24 years the sale has had a presence in Roosevelt County. Last year, students collectively made $165,000 before add-ons, which is leftover bidder money tacked onto sales.
“It’s awesome to see the work this committee has done to benefit Roosevelt County youth,” Hamilton said.
Hamilton said she was a child who showed animals at the fair when the sale first made its introduction and is happy to share it with her children.
“To have experienced it as a child and to watch it grow and to now experience it as a parent, it just continues to bless our family,” Hamilton said. “It’s a lot of work, but it’s rewarding.”
Buzard also reflected on one of her first shows. When she first began to show animals, she said some of her goats were twice her size.
“I had one that was huge compared to me and he drug me down the road,” Buzard said.
She feels after two years of practice, she has nothing to worry about.
Teagan Burton, 10, is flying solo for the second year at the fair’s swine show. Burton said he learned the tricks of the trade after helping his older brother with his animals the past four years.
“I learned to look at the judges a lot when I’m showing,” Burton said.
Burton said his goal this year is to be the grand champion of the swine show.
Swine supervisor and fair board member Eddy Wilhoit said the number of entries this year in the show is up about 15 from last year at 150.
“These kids grow and learn leadership skills, how to balance rations and how to select the right animals,” Wilhoit said.
Today’s fair schedule
- 6:30-8:30 a.m.: New Mexico Christian Children’s Home Pork Chop Breakfast, Jake Lopez Building.
- 4 p.m.: Roosevelt County Bred Swine Show, Booster Market Swine Show, Market Swine First Year Feeder Show and the Market Swine Show.
- 5 p.m.: Voting opens for Fair Board Elections, Home Arts Building.
- 5-10 p.m.: Doors open on Merchants Building, Home Arts and Youth buildings.