A year of hard work caring for and raising animals paid off at this year’s Chaffee County Fair for members of the 4-H Hub Livestock Club.

County Colorado State University Extension Director Kurt Jones awarded belt buckles to the youngsters who had received grand champion designation for their 4-H livestock work. He announced the 2019 4-H scholarship of $1,500 awarded to Jeffrey Johns-Roberts.

4-H member Meghan Anderson accepts her belt buckle awarded by CSU Extension Director Kurt Jones, left, with 4-H staff for her Reserve Grand Champion goat.

The livestock sale of nearly 100 animals garnered more than $250,000 – the best sale in county history.

Animals donated back and sold for the 4-H Foundation brought in more than $8,500. The foundation provides continuing education scholarships to Chaffee County youth involved in 4-H.

The youth, whose animals were judged winners in their class competition, was awarded 4-H belt buckles. They were later recognized as their animals were sold to sponsoring individuals and businesses at the Junior Market Sale at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds.

4-H member Kylee Davis smiles with her belt buckle, donated by the Scanga family, for her Grand Champion beef steer. Her steer was later purchased at the livestock sale by Chuck Murphy of Pavement Maintenance Services for $8,000.

Among the livestock sale winners: Kylee Davis received a belt buckle donated by the Scanga family, for her Grand Champion beef steer.

Her steer was later purchased at the livestock sale by Chuck Murphy of Pavement Maintenance Services for $8,000.

4-H member Meghan Anderson was awarded a belt buckle for her Reserve Grand Champion goat.

The 80-pound animal was later purchased at the livestock sale by Ernest Marquez and Marquez and Herrick-Stare Attorneys.

Anderson also won buckles as 4-H Grand Champion Senior Round Robin and for her Reserve Grand Champion rabbits, which were bought by Britt Hughes of Rocky Mountain Livestock.

The 4-H belt buckle, donated by Tony and Tracy Timko, was awarded to Rivers Hill for her Grand Champion swine. The 268-pound pig later was purchased by Mountain Vet Supply for $9,500.

Rivers Hill poses with her 4-H belt buckle, donated by Tony and Tracy Timko, awarded for her Grand Champion swine at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds. The 268-pound pig later was purchased by Mountain Vet Supply for $9,500. (Courtesy photos)

As always, the belt buckle award ceremony and the livestock sale were well attended by area residents, 4-H members, their families and sponsors.