FREE SPEECH ZONE | Annual Purple Ribbon Auction draws crowd

Quality animals, quality kids, and quality buyers made the 31st Purple Ribbon Auction. The annual parade of champion beef, lambs, goats and swine set five new record prices and tied one. The auction raised more than $316,000 in additional premium dollars from 90 head for Minnesota 4-H youth and programs. The Champion Market Beef Steer was a middleweight crossbred steer shown by Kailey Davis of Freeborn County.  Ames Construction of Burnsville once again had the successful bid of $14,600 for a new Minnesota record price.  The Reserve Champion was a lightweight steer owned by Allison Hawkins of Dakota County which also set a record with the final bid from a group of long-time buyers including the Minnesota State Fair Concessionaires, Anchor Bank and the Dakota County Purple Ribbon Club for $9,600. Longtime South St. Continue Reading