For some, the Saline Community Fair is about the carnival. For others, it's about the tractor pulls. Others might appreciate the elephant ears and other tasty treats.
But for the local youth who show their animals, the fair is a chance to earn a return on the time and energy spent raising livestock.
Thursday night, farmers, business owners, school district leaders and politicians crowded the stands in "Building B" at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds as the Saline Junior Livestock Association held the annual Livestock Sale. Youth from the livestock clubs auctioned nine steers, 11 feeder calves, 22 pigs and 20 lambs.
"I think we had one of our best years," said auctioneer Loren Heller. "Once everyone finished off their ice cream, the bids really started coming fast."
Saline Area Schools Superintendent Scot Graden and Saline High School Principal David Raft were emcees.
Here are the winners from livestock clubs' shows:
Saline Pig Club
Junior Showmanship - Maximus Girbach
Intermediate Showmanship – Trevor Rothfuss
Senior Showmanship – Ethan Hoelzer
Rate of Gain – Sarah Rickard
Champion Individual – Lane Smith
Reserve Champion Individual – Ethan Hoelzer
Champion Pair – Ashton Drake
Reserve Champion Pair – Annie Rothfuss
Saline Feeder Calf Club
Junior Showmanship – Blake Rentschler
Intermediate Showmanship – Jackson Schaible
Senior Showmanship – Natalie Sweetland
Highest Daily Gain – Natalie Sweetland
Grand Champion Feeder Calf – Alexis Compton
Reserve Champion Feeder Calf – Bradley Sweetland
Saline Steer Club
Intermediate Showmanship – Daniel Caroen
Senior Showmanship – Autumn Studnicka
Champion Showmanship – Daniel Caroen
Highest Daily Gain – Kyle Wenk
Champion Red – Daniel Caroen
Reserve Champion Red – Shelby Compton
Champion Black – Autumn Studnicka
Reserve Champion Black – Kyle Wenk
Grand Champion Steer – Autumn Studnicka
Reserve Champion Steer – Daniel Caroen
Saline Lamb Club
Junior Showmanship – Allison Finkbeiner
Intermediate Showmanship – Hailey Malinczak
Senior Showmanship – Amanda Jedele
Rate of Gain – Cody Roehm
Champion Lamb – Allison Finkbeiner
Reserve Champion Lamb – Andrew Finkbeiner