LANCASTER – The 68th annual Junior Livestock Auction returns to Lancaster at the AV Fair & Event Center this Thursday, Aug. 24, organizers announced. The day will begin with all bidders and participants invited to attend a free breakfast starting at 7:30 a.m. Bidding will start at 9 a.m.
The annual event showcases the achievements of talented youth in the field of agriculture and provides residents the opportunity to support them through the purchase of their homegrown livestock.
“The Junior Livestock Auction is a testament to the enthusiasm and drive of our young talents. Their commitment to agriculture fills us with pride and hope for the future,” said Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris.
Last year’s auction event set a bidding record of nearly $800,000, according to organizers. As the AV Fair and Event Center gears up for this year’s event, they announced a big change for future Junior Livestock Auctions. Starting in 2024, the auction will be held in the month of April, coinciding with annual spring fairs. This change aims to create more opportunities for student exhibitor participation, local business engagement, and buyer and bidder involvement, according to organizers.
“The Junior Livestock Auction has been a proud Antelope Valley tradition since the 1950s, and I hope that it continues for decades to come,” said Lancaster Vice Mayor Marvin Crist. “The support from our community year after year, amplifying these young agricultural enthusiasts’ endeavors, truly showcases the unity and strength of Lancaster.”
[Information via news release from the city of Lancaster.]