Livestock show well-attended

Senior Marlee Weets of Sunnyside and her sixth-grade sister Mavee Weets, both of the Lower Valley Livestock 4-H Club, prepare one pig each for the final show.

TOPPENISH — The community of Toppenish put on the 69th annual Central Washington Jr. Livestock Show April 29 through May 2, and it appeared to be as popular as ever.

Show officials said more than 250 youngsters who participate in 4-H and Future Farmers of America showed 123 lambs, 343 swine and 40 steers.

The meat these youngsters produce will be made available to the public today with an auction sale.

“Every animal will go,” Show Manager Ken Stroud said.

The sale will start a 9 a.m. with steers. Swine will go next, and lambs will follow.

One of the larger junior livestock shows in the state, Central Washington is sponsored by the Washington State Department of Agriculture. There is some funding through the Fairs Commission.

Operation and maintenance, including prizes, is financed through donations, memberships and public support.

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