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40 years ago: Livestock auction earns record amount at county fair

August 13, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Aug. 13, 1972:

It was a suspenseful evening for attendees at 4-H and FFA Livestock Auction at the Douglas County Fair. At the conclusion, with ownership of the grand champion steer hanging in the balance, the bids spiraled higher and higher as the competition intensified between the representative of Gibson-Falley Discount Center and the owner of Rusty's IGA Food Stores. Rusty Springfield emerged triumphant from the battle, winning the steer for the total price of $1,344. The price was a significant part of the all-time record $19,547.10 earned at the auction. Lori Hagenbuch, the 4-H'er who had raised the animal, "cast a last sad glance at her champion, Chocolate" at the auction's end. With the livestock barns emptied of cattle, swine, and sheep, the horses were being brought in for their phase in the annual fair. Due to space limitations, the horse show usually followed the livestock judging on the last day of the four-day fair.

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