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4-H BOBBY ROBINSON SR. MEMORIAL BBQ 3-5 P.M.

Thanks to our generous BBQ sponsors, Alpine Bank and RHINEHART OIL, this year’s community BBQ will be free to all who attend. Come out and enjoy this long-standing tradition, before the Jr. Livestock Sale, which will include the traditional beef option, prepared the same way Chef Bobby Robinson Sr. did many years ago.

The Jr. Livestock Sale BBQ is a long-standing Routt County tradition, pre-dating the Fair by one year.

It was first held in October 1913 when the Town of Hayden hosted a wild game feast to greet the arrival of the Iron Horse. The Railroad Day barbecue - elk and bear meat - immediately became the largest annual gathering in Northwest Colorado. Between 1949 and 1989, when Hayden contractor and Chef Bobby Robinson Sr. presided over the grills, he insisted the “secret” to the incredible sauce was slew water and whiskey. Since 4-H clubs began hosting the event, the barbecue has an opportunity for youngsters to say thank you to purchasers at the Junior Livestock Sale.

FREE COKE FLOATS DURING THE BBQ: 3pm (F)

Sponsor: KRAI

Enjoy a refreshing Coke float before the Jr. Livestock Sale

BEER GARDEN: 3:00-11PM (F) & (T)

Access to the Beer Garden is only available to those with a

grandstand ticket for the arena entertainment. The Beer Garden

is hosted by Ski Town Rotary as a fundraiser.

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Routt County Junior Livestock Sale

Saturday, August 19
4:30pm (MPB)
Sponsor: Pinnacle Buildings
Auctioneers: Chad Green & Graig Medvesk

When you purchase an animal at the Jr. Livestock Sale you receive a locally raised, high quality product and support Routt County’s 4-H & FFA programs. It is estimated that over 80% of the money earned from the Jr. Livestock Sale is invested in higher education and/or building future livestock enterprises. Your purchase in an investment in the future of Routt County youth!

In 2021 the outstanding supporters of this event spent $609,573 on 133 head of livestock. Beef averaged $7,008, lambs averaged $2,400, goats averaged $1,629 and swine averaged $4,030.The animals produced for and sold through the auction are terminal and will meet or exceed the quality of meat purchased in the store. In addition, you will get to meet the producer. You decide where and how the meat is processed – how many servings per package, thickness of the cuts, etc. – completely hassle free. Livestock is transported to the locker plant of your choice in Craig (Mountain Meat Packing, Brothers Processing or AGP).The buyer will need to call the processor to specify cuts and preferences, pay for the processing as well as arrange pickup.

How do you purchase an animal at the Jr. Livestock Sale?

  • Register as a Buyer before the auction on the Sale website:http://rcjuniorlivestocksale.weebly.com/ . Registration will be available immediately prior to the event as well.
  • Pick up your buyer number from the Clerk’s table in the Multipurpose Building when you arrive for the BBQ before the sale.
  • Once you successfully win the bid on an animal, then immediately make your way to the buyer photo area to meet the youth producer, have your picture taken, select your processor, complete the buyer paperwork and pay for your purchase.
  • Can’t attend the Jr. Livestock Sale in person? No problem, contact the Routt County Extension Office (970-879-0825) prior to the sale so a proctor may be arranged for you. Call-in options are also available.

Most commonly, people use their purchase for private consumption. 4-H & FFA beef, lamb, goat and pork make excellent gifts for friends, family or business associates. Local meat is also a much appreciated employee benefit. You may also donate meat to a worthy organization of your choice. In the past, buyers have donated to such organizations as Casey’s Pond, The Haven, Horizons, Better Tomorrow and LiftUp Routt County. Typically, the buyer pays the meat processing cost for the benefit of the nonprofit.

For sale consignor rules, see the Routt County Member Handbook.

The Routt County Jr. Livestock Sale Committee is a non-profit organization. As a result, if the buyer purchases an animal for an amount above and beyond the market value (ie buyback price), then a portion of the purchase price may qualify as a charitable contribution.
Be sure to consult with your Tax Consultant for details.
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