Not only were the exhibitors a group to be proud, the buyers were enthusiastic and willing to support the youth with their checkbooks.

The Ralls County Junior Fair sale held a week ago Monday in Center, Mo., was a huge success. Not only were the exhibitors a group to be proud, the buyers were enthusiastic and willing to support the youth with their checkbooks. They buyers were represented by county officials, grandparents, parents, neighbors, business and professional people.

You expect the animals to sell for a premium. However, the cured hams and bacon sell well. While young 4-H and FFA members lean the art of curing meats the way their forefathers did, it also gives youth without facilities to keep livestock a chance to exhibit their work and receive premium benefits in the sale. The meat sales were very impressive 35 cured bacons averaged $513.37 with the top seller bringing in $1,100. Twenty-one country cured hames averaged $310. The top ham brought $1,000. Auctioneers John Chipman, R.C. Harlow, and John Wallace deserve a special thanks for donating their talent.

As a proud grandparents, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to all the exhibitors and buyers.

— Bill Northcutt, Ralls County