“Bret Richards is now a commercial auctioneer who travels all over the country. He was born and raised here in Cayuga and participated in the livestock show all during school,” Bennett said. “Now he's our auctioneer.”
Besides the animals that will be shown during the livestock show, area high schools also will compete for awards for their agriculture mechanic projects.
“Several of the kids have gone to Houston with these projects and have brought them back to show at our fair,” Bennett said.
For many exhibitors, taking part in the livestock show is a family tradition.
“It's very family oriented. The kids have a wonderful time. If their big brother or big sister are showing animals and they aren't old enough to do it, they watch them,” Bennett said. “By the time they are old enough to show animals themselves they already know how to do it.”
Many pre-sale items also will be auctioned off on Thursday prior to the animal projects.
“Each 4-H and FFA brings an item they made that we sell, plus we have 12 cakes,” Bennett said. “Those funds help us with maintenance for the building.”
Thanks to Champion Dodge, another annual fund-raiser is a drawing for a 4-wheeler.
“This year we will sell raffle tickets for a 2014 Kawasaki 300. We will sell tickets during the livestock show and then at the rodeo in May. We will draw a ticket on the Saturday night of the rodeo,” Bennett said. “Champion Dodge is an excellent supporter and has done this for years. It costs a lot of money to keep this building going. This helps us pay for the water, electric and upkeep on the building.”
Tickets will be available for $2 each or three for $5.
During Thursday's auction, many local youth supporters will bid for a chance to win an animal project.