Fund raisers, grants help youths buy animals
by: Marcus Hathcock, Lara Bushue, 11, of Boring spends some time with Clover the pig.

Sandy youth participated in the Clackamas County Junior Livestock Auction at the Clackamas County Fair this year thanks to the generous support of the Sandy Area Buyer's Pool.

The Sandy Area Buyer's Pool has supported 4-H and FFA, Future Farmers of America, youth in the Sandy area and their livestock projects for the past eight years. The Buyer's Pool spent more than $14,000 for this year's fair alone on animals and various equipment necessities.

Parents, previous 4-H and FFA members, and long-term supporters comprise the Buyer's Pool who collect money throughout the year from fund-raisers, donations and grants. They strive to purchase as many animals as possible to help the youth and their projects.

The children participated in several different animal categories. Only one Sandy youth participated in the goat category, while 11 participated in beef, 25 in swine and 10 in sheep.

The Buyer's Pool uses some funds every year to 'bump-up' sale prices for the children. 'Bump-up' is a common term for raising the sale price of an animal that is below the average sale price to the average sale price, which ranges from year to year as market prices increase or decrease.

This year the Buyer's Pool raised money through events such as Pass the Pig in late April and the annual garage sale during the Sandy Mountain Festival. It also received individual and local business donations as well as a $1,000 grant from The Coca-Cola Company.

After this year's garage sale, the group decided to purchase a $2,000 storage building to house items for future garage sales. Another $2,000 covered the 'bump-up' costs for 13 youth, and the final $10,048 went directly to the children who bought six lambs, six pigs, one steer and one goat at the auction.

The Buyer's Pool had a successful year thanks to the support of numerous businesses in the Sandy area.

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