4-Hers get ‘payday’ at McHenry County Fair

Livestock auction among activities on offer Saturday

WOODSTOCK – As an auctioneer rattled off increasing prices, youngsters one-by-one guided their animals such as goats, cows, steers and hogs around a pen for people to bid on.

The livestock auction was one of the activities that took place Saturday at the McHenry County Fair. The fair closes Sunday with scheduled events such as the demolition derby and the tractor parade.

As people made their purchases at the livestock auction, some of the hogs and steers were donated to places such as the Grafton Food Pantry.

Jacki Hagenmeier of Marengo came to the auction with her 11-year-old son Brayden, who helped show animals this year.

“I’m really amazed,” Jacki Hagenmeier said. “These kids work really hard.”

“They put their time and energy in raising [the animals],” she added. “This is their payday.”

In addition to looking at the lambs, pigs and cows in the barns, fairgoers had the opportunity to try out milking a cow at the 4-H Huntley Heartlanders stand.

Brianna Sheehan of Huntley sat by a cow named Cheerios, and let youngsters squeeze on a teat below the cow’s udder. Milk would stream out and into a bucket.

Patricia Scott of Streamwood was at the fair with her kids Mikey, 6, and Emily, 3, who got to milk a cow.

“They loved it,” Scott said.

During the sunny day, which had temperatures that reached the low 80s, children rode the Ferris wheel and swings, among other rides. Some kids had their faces painted and carried around small prizes from various games around the fairgrounds.

Tory Recupito of Steger played a racing game with his grandchildren Sofia Recupito, 5, and Jacob Recupito, 6, who live in McHenry.

They had to shoot water at a target to move an object up.

“Press the button and I’ll aim,” Recupito told his grandchildren.

For their efforts, Sofia won a little stuffed pig.

“Whatever they want,” Recupito said. “It’s a kids’ day.”

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