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2:56 PM Fri, Sept. 21st

4-H/FFA Expo and Auction celebrates 60th year this week

PRESCOTT - Yavapai County's 4-H/FFA Expo and Auction will mark a major milestone this week at the Prescott Rodeo Grounds when it celebrates its 60th year.

The five-day expo, which is open to the public at the grounds off Fair Street, gets under way Tuesday with a demonstration and a public speaking competition at 4 p.m.

From there, throughout the week, the expo will feature everything from goat and cattle shows to beef showmanship and the main event - the auction.

Wednesday opens with horse showmanship at 10 a.m. A small stock conformation, showmanship and round robin then round out the day at 2 and 4 p.m.

On Thursday, the show dedication and opening starts at 8 a.m., followed by a series of goat, dog, cattle, beef, sheep and lamb shows in the morning and afternoon.

Friday's events include a breeding and market swine show that begins at 8 a.m. At the end of the swine show, around 4 p.m., the large livestock round robin gets going.

On Saturday, the expo's final day, silent food auction items will be available for bid in the Barbecue Building at 10 a.m. After an auction buyers' sign-in, the expo's barbecue begins at 11 a.m., as does the dog exhibition in the auction arena.

The auction's opening ceremonies start promptly at noon, followed by the auction itself at 12:30 p.m. Organizers encourage the public to come early and enjoy the barbecue and visit with exhibitors and their families.

During the auction, 4-H and FFA members will sell their market projects to the highest bidder at the rodeo grounds. Folks can register as a buyer online at www.4hffaexpo.org or at the expo.

Participants receive a number and a sale catalog. Ring stewards will help people through the duration of the auction. Bids are in dollars and cents per pound, except for small stock, which is by the head or pen. Absentee bid forms are available on the expo website or from an exhibitor.

Animals for sale will include swine, steers, lambs, goats, chickens, rabbits and turkeys.

Organizers say buying an animal is a great way to buy quality meat while supporting the 4-H/FFA members in Yavapai County.

Other auctioned items may include homemade quilts and handcrafted leather. Food will be available in the silent auction.

For more information about the 60th anniversary expo and auction, call the Prescott Cooperative Extension Office at 445-6590 or the Cottonwood office at 928-646-9113, or log on to the Internet at the aforementioned www.4hffaexpo.org.