Auction offers chance to help youth in Victoria County

IF YOU GO:

• WHAT: Victoria Livestock Show Auction

• WHEN: Monday check-in is at 3 p.m.

• Scholarships are awarded at 4 p.m.

• Auction starts at 4:30 p.m.

• WHERE: Victoria Community Center Dome

It's not too late to help out the region's cream of the crop, said Billie Hessler, the Victoria Livestock Show Auction chairwoman.

She was talking about the 275 kids who judges deemed had properly raised animals such as steers, heifers, pigs, goats and lambs.

The kids' animals will be for sale Monday, and the money raised will go toward continuing their education or purchasing a new animal.

In the past few years, the livestock show auction has shattered its sale records, raking in $623,050 in 2013 and $570,700 in 2012.

"Every year, some animals go for way more money than expected. Maybe it's because the kid went out and contacted some buyers beforehand; maybe it's the buyers themselves," Hessler said.

Those who can't afford to buy a whole animal are encouraged to fill out some paperwork to be an add-on.

Whatever money you can donate to the youths will be mailed to them.

Also in 2013, the show raised $167,550 in add-ons.

Auctioneer Vance Runnels is returning to get the crowd pumped.

Buyers will be treated to a drink and brisket supper catered by Mike Pozzi, Hessler said.

"Do not be intimidated," Hessler said to auction newcomers. "The auction is fast-paced and loud, but it's for a great cause."