Above: Kamille Brawner sold her Grand Champion steer to Terry’s Heating & Cooling for $5,000. Brawner, left, was joined by Terry Crank and 4-H Fair Queen Katlin Brown. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie)
Above: Kamille Brawner sold her Grand Champion steer to Terry’s Heating & Cooling for $5,000. Brawner, left, was joined by Terry Crank and 4-H Fair Queen Katlin Brown. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie)
This year's Jefferson County 4-H Fair Livestock Auction brought in a record-high $188,775, organizers said. The sum surpasses last year's total by $15,000.

Seventeen steer, 90 hogs and 78 lambs were shown in the auction arena at the Fairgrounds on Friday in front of a lively crowd of bidders, which included everyone from local business owners to local and state officials. Buyers had one week to view the animals 4-H members spent months caring for and preparing for the show.

Terry's Heating & Cooling of Madison purchased Kamille Brawner's 1,275-pound Grand Champion steer for $5,000 - the highest winning bid of the afternoon. Shorts Farms bought Taylor Phillips' 1,240-pound Reserve Grand Champion steer for $4,500.

The 275-pound Grand Champion swine owned by Tyler Canada was purchased by Ford Lumber & Building Supply Inc. for $2,400, while Savannah Hubbard's 267-pound swine was bought by M & M Towing for $2,200.

Kylee Phillips' Grand Champion lamb was purchased for $3,000 by River Valley Financial Bank, while Laykyn Bechman's Reserve Grand Champion lamb was bought by Farmers Bank of Milton for $1,600.

Elizabeth Anderson's Grand Champion meat goat brought $1,100 from Scottsburg trucking company Majesty Express. Anderson was one of several 4-H members participating in her final auction, ending a 10-year run with the program.

While showing their animals, several of the 10-year 4-H members thanked the crowd and past donors for their support.

"The past few years I've done really well," said Anderson, an 18-year-old Southwestern graduate.

Anderson still remembers her first auction when she was 9. She showcased a steer and had to guide the massive animal around the arena with a broken arm.

"It seems like not that long ago," she said. "It went by really fast."

In the future, she plans to volunteer in the program and help her younger siblings in shows.

"It's been a good experience and big responsibility. And you're with the same people the whole time, so that's really nice," she said.

The auction also included: Trisha Webster's Grand Champion Reserve rabbits purchased for $750 by Farm Bureau Insurance; Dawson Smith's Grand Champion poultry purchased by McDonald's for $400; and Trevor Elston's Grand Champion dairy goat, represented by one pound of goat cheese, purchased for $650 by River Valley Financial Bank.

Winning bidders at the auction can choose to keep the animal for the purchased price and then pay to have it processed. Another option allows buyers to pay the difference between the appraisal price and winning bid and let the 4-Her keep the animal.

In addition to the livestock auction, Madison Tool & Die, North Madison Veterinary Clinic and Madison Main Source Bank donated $3,200 for a picture with the 1,200-pound swine known as Reggie. The donation will go to the 4-H scholarship fund at the Community Foundation of Madison and Jefferson County.