This year the Union Fair will be hosting the first Youth Beef Steer and Market Lamb Auction.

This is an opportunity for local youth to take part in a year-long project to raise a beef steer or market lamb they will then sell at auction for local people and businesses to purchase locally raised beef and lamb.

So, how does this all work? The youth involved in the projects spend their time and money to raise and care for the steers or lambs over the past year. They will bring their animals to the Union Fair, where they will be shown and judged on Sunday Aug. 17, at 4 p.m.

This is a great opportunity to meet the youth and learn about them, what they learned during their projects, learn what it costs to raise the animal and pick out the steer and/or lamb you are interested in purchasing. The projects culminate in a reception and auction that will begin Tuesday, Aug. 19, at 6 p.m. There will be a reception for perspective buyers to again speak to the youth, look over the animals one more time and make your decisions on who you are interested in bidding on. The auction will begin promptly at 7 p.m.

All of the proceeds go directly to the youth to help fund their education or support their future livestock projects, so you will be helping to support the future farmers in the area. Once you have made your purchase, you can speak with Curtis Meats to determine how you want to have it processed or you can take it to a butcher of your choice. Trucking to get your animals to Curtis Meat has been arranged. You will then pick up some exceptionally raised local beef and lamb.

If committing to an entire steer or lamb is more than you need, you can share your purchase with your friends or family. We will also have a list of people interested in sharing an animal. It is also a great opportunity for local businesses or restaurants to support our local youth and purchase high quality meat. There is also an opportunity to buy an animal and donate the meat or donate the animal back to be sold again where the proceeds will go to a charity of their choice. Please consult with your tax advisor prior to the sale to determine how this may affect you or your business. Serious buyers will receive two one-day gate passes to the fair to enjoy all activities, please contact Heidi Baker.

While at the Union Fair, you can also enjoy the other activities as we celebrate local agriculture Sunday, Aug. 17. There will also be a Farm and Garden Equipment Auction at 10 a.m., a farmers market from 2 to 5 p.m., sheep herding demonstrations at 1, 3:30 and 6 p.m., Kids Barnyard games at 2 p.m. and our open and youth poultry shows at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., respectively. I

Interested buyer or those with more questions, are asked to call Heidi Baker at 230-8084 or email her at