Though many feared this year's Rockdale Fair Livestock Auction would suffer one year after massive area layoffs, buyer's stepped up and bid local animals up to roughly $190,000, just down from last year's total of $196,000.

This year's buyers' dinner, sponsored by the Rockdale Fair Association, drew buyers as large as Luminant to several independent business persons. Here, Jody Pelzel, Scott Heintze and C.D. Caffey enjoy the food from Touch of Elegance catering.

At left, buyers poured over sale sheets hoping to identify the animal they wanted or youth they wished to support. Buyers from all over Milam County participated.

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The burn ban for Milam County has been lifted. Burning is always prohibited in the county's municipalities.

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