The Otoe County fair's first evening livestock auction received favorable comments from bidders and raised about $30,000 more than the previous year.
Following the carved wood auction at the Kimmel Events Center, the livestock auction started with crowded bleachers and over 200 spectators.
In recent years, about 60 people would be on hand for the start of the auction.
Beef brought a total of $88,000 compared to $68,000 a year ago.
The price paid Wednesday evening averaged $1.78 per pound, which is 58 cents above the base bid of $1.20.
The supreme champion 4-H market beef, a heifer shown by Allie Esch, brought $5,644 at auction. Subcontractors of Dynamic Homes, a Gillete, Wyo., builder, had the high bid of $4.25 per pound.
Esch's champion steer brought $6,410 last year. Her champion steer this year is headed to the state fair.
Don Esch said he can't complain about the auction results for his daughter's heifer, but said there is still room for growth.
“There are some shows where the grand champion would go for $55,000,” he said.
Esch's 1,328 pound crossbred is the first heifer ever to be named the supreme animal in the 4-H market beef show.
Esch said the heifer had some masculine qualities. “Some people joked that she should have been born a bull,” he said.
The reserve champion, a steer shown by Morgan Leefers, sold for $5,340 on a bid from Stutheit Implement and Ryan Beach of Fontanelle Seed.
The champion Angus steer, shown by Anna Marie Stukenholtz, brought $4,323.
The swine show collected $56,875 this year, compared to $45,765 last year. Hogs sold for an average of $580 a head.
The grand champion 4-H hog, shown by McGinnis Schneider, sold for $676 and the reserve champion 4-H gilt sold for $630.
PCS Phosphate pid $917 for Nate Snyder's heavy weight reserve champion barrow and Douglas Tire paid $1,081 for Victoria Gress' purple ribbon hog.
Farmers Bank paid $1,026 for Joshua Gress' blue ribbon hog.
The meat goat sale brought $2,350 for 10 head and the sheep show brought $1,839 for five head.
The 4-H grand champion market lamb was sold for $322, which exceeded market price by $229.
A total of $149,709 was bid this year, compared to $120,000 a year ago.
There were 36 beef, 98 hogs, eight sheep and 11 goats registered for the sale.Auctioneer Don Vrana said the evening start may have helped bidding.
“I think it's great to see so much interest. There were a lot larger crowd than normal, so it was especially nice for the kids to get to show to so many,” he said.
Pat Connors of Arbor Bank was the last to cast a bid. He bought an FFA purple ribbon lamb shown by Mark Francis for $3.60 a pound at 9:43 p.m.
Page 2 of 2 - He has been coming to the auction for eight years and said he had fun with the night venue.
“I liked the bidding competition. I think it's a good deal for the exhibitors,” he said