The Burke County Fair conjures up all kinds of memories, but the one for which I’m most proud is that of my first auction. I was just eleven years old, when our county extension agent asked if I wanted to sell the 4-H baby beef steers. He knew that I was tagging around behind my dad at livestock auctions, and would spend hours behind the barn emulating that guy up in the auction block. This continued until I left home, but the following newspaper article is the result of a return trip from college: 

4-H Calf Sale Held at Fair

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 Ronnie Nelson and Flaxton.

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

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

North Hill Bowl, Minot, 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 Management plans a similar event for the fair next year.


Over the years I’ve dedicated many articles about the fair with story lines and names that many of you can acclaim and associate. Among those names are those mentioned in this newspaper article. These articles are available upon request.

Read also: The County Fair ‘Trifecta’

"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.