Kersey teen’s pig goes for $17,000 at Colorado State Fair sale
Rayna Hodgson of Kersey should be able to pay her feed and other costs for Paisley, the 278-pound market gilt she took to the Colorado State Fair.
The pig, which was named grand champion Sunday, brought $17,000 from the Pigskin Buckaroos at Tuesday evening’s Junior Market Livestock Sale in Pueblo.
Rayna, 13, is the daughter of Mark and Marla Hodgson and was back in classes at Platte Valley Middle School on Wednesday morning. She admitted she had no idea her pig would bring the money it did.
“I was just really thankful,” she said as she listened to the bids climb at the sale. “A lot of people don’t get that opportunity, so I was thankful for what was happening.”
She said the money she got will more than pay for bills she had while raising the grand champion, “and I’ll get a pretty good start on my college education.” Since she has another five or six years remaining in 4-H, that college fund might grow.
“I can only hope,” she said with a laugh.
Her dad said his youngest daughter “got pretty stoked” in the sale ring, but then reality set in following the sale when she had to part ways with her champion.
“She spent a lot of time working with that animal, so it was pretty tough when she had to put it on the truck,” he said.
Wyatt Heindenreich, 16, of Gill, had the champion pen of three chickens, and they sold for $2,400. The chickens were bought by The Fair Ladies of Pueblo.
This year’s sale, according to officials, brought in $359,675 for Colorado 4-H and FFA members, up $9,175 from last year. Mitch Stahley of Kersey had the reserve champion lamb and it went to the Denver Rustlers for $5,500 while Hannah Vickland’s reserve champion steer brought $9,500. It was also bought by the Denver Rustlers. She is from Longmont and belongs to a 4-H club in Johnstown.
Bill Angell, director of the Weld County office of Colorado State University Extension, said in addition to the county’s champions, there were 15 other exhibitors who sold hogs at an average of $1,950 per animal, eight who had market beef animals that averaged $2,700 per head and eight with lambs that averaged $1,338 per head.
Meanwhile, the county’s 4-H horse exhibitors dominated the state fair’s horse show.
Genna and Marisa Campain of Windsor, Koedi Lawley of Eaton, Kyndal Reitzenstein of Kersey, and Julie Meining of Platteville all took overall titles in different disciplines and age groups, while others from the county had high finishes.