Fair livestock auction has raised $385,424 since Alcoa shut down
This is the spot in The Reporter where, on the week before the Rockdale Fair’s livestock auction, we usually remind ourselves how successful it’s been since the first one in 1977.

We usually keep a running total of how much has been paid to Milam County 4-H and FFA youth through that sale. And that total is spectacular. It’s currently at $3,368,415 heading into Saturday evening’s 2010 sale.

This year, though, let’s dwell on another number, $385,414. That’s the combined sales amounts for the past two years.

To put it more bluntly. That’s the amount that’s been raised since Alcoa closed its smelter.

That’s pretty remarkable. In 2008 the Fair was held less than two weeks after Alcoa, which had already shut down half its six potlines, announced it was also closing the final three. Not exactly a great morale builder heading into the sale.

Everyone associated with the effort gulped hard and trusted area businesses would step up to the plate and come through again. They did, to the tune of $196,390.

By the 2009 sale the Sandow 5 construction boom had essentially come and gone and the question again was what would happen. The sale total was $189,934.

The last two years have been the second and third highest sale totals in Fair history. (The 2007 total was $201,766.)

Why is this so important? Education happens in a lot of ways. Anyone who has raised and nurtured an animal to the point where an expert judged it worthy of going onto the market immediately, and someone else judged it worthy of paying a premium price, has learned something.

Like the values of hard work and commitment.

The Rockdale area’s business community knows and honors hard work and commitment.

That will continue on Saturday night. Thanks!—M.B.

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