The following is a news release depicting the first 4-H Club Calf Auction at the Burke County Fair in flaxton, North Dakota:
Eight choice 4-H calves were sold for top money at the 4-H fat calf auction conducted by the fair management the last day of the Burke County Fair. Colonel Kenneth Knight, Flaxton, auctioneer of the calf sale donated his services to squeeze top money for each calf through the auction ring.

Ivan Goheen, bidding for Minot Federal Savings and Loan, purchased the Grand Champion Steer of the sale from Ronaie Nelson of Flaxton.

The Reserve Grand Champion Steer consigned by Gary Rawn of Flaxton went to Pete Schulte, proprietor of the Flaxton Super Valu. The third steer, through the auction, consigned by Elton Christianson, Bowbells, also went to Pete Schultz.

The Burhe County Fair Association paid $29.00 per cwt for the steer consigned by Olaf Christianson, Bowbells.

North Hill Bowl, Miliot, bought the Choice Beef consigned by Russell Christianson, Bowbells. The Faxton Coop paid $27.75 per cwt. for Dwight Jacobsons Choice 4-H Calf.

Lund Goheen, Minot, picked up Larry Swenson’s calf for $28.75 per cwt., and the calf consigned by Richard Wilkes, Bowbells, sold for the top money of $29.30 to Ivan Goheen of Minot.

The Minot bidding gave the local bidders stiff competition for each calf through the ring which created a brisk auction.

This was the first attempt at selling 4-H calves at the Burke County Fair and the fair managment plans a similar evert for the fair next year.
Not quite dry behind the ears myself, it was one of my first auctions. And it was truly an honor to not only cry the very first auction, in the historical sense of the fair, but to also become the crowning achievement of an illustrious 4-H run in my life.
It is humbling to look back more than fifty years at what was to become such a defining point in the person I have become.
This is a span of long duration, for which time has taken it’s toll. But many are still living and supporting this great little fair — so complimentary magazines will be made available to those or their kin mentioned in this article.
Thank you for your support then, and continued support of this great community.

"PONY TALES by" Ponty is written by Ken E. Knight, the author of the “Knightro Report”, a nationally syndicated livestock-marketing column, which is featured in the "Farm And Livestock Directory" every month.