Monterey, CA, August 11, 2019 — Area youth and their animals will be honored as champions after the Monterey County Fair Junior Livestock Auction, set to begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31.
In addition, the Monterey County Fair Heritage Foundation announced that this year’s Scholarship recipient of $2,500 and exhibitor of the 2019 Heritage Hog is Ivan Trujillo from Greenfield High School FFA. Trujillo was raised in the Salinas Valley and will be a senior this coming school year at Greenfield High.
“The heart and soul of the fair is the junior livestock program,” said Kelly Violini, CEO MCF. “Many of the exhibitors relay on their earnings from their projects to pay for their college educations. Supporting the junior livestock auction, not only supports the youth of our county, but is a tax-deductible donation.”
Check-in for buyers at the Junior Livestock Auction will begin at 8:00 a.m. in the Livestock Event Center with breakfast provided by Margarita Maniacs. Morning announcements and the dedication of the 2019 Auction will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the sale kicking off promptly at 9:00 a.m. There is no break for lunch this year, but the event will continue straight through, concluding with the sale of the Monterey County Fair Heritage Foundation Hog. At this point, all buyers are invited to enjoy a BBQ Reception in the Seaside Room with hosted bar. At the reception, the winner of the 2019 Top Buyer with highest gross and Top Buyer with number of lots purchased will be announced.
Trujillo dreams of becoming the “first generation” in his family to attend college after high school, and has a career goal of becoming an Agricultural Educator. He is hopeful that he will inspire others in his community to strive to fulfill their dreams, just as he has. If his name sounds familiar, he was the recipient of the 2019 Salinas Valley Fair’s Heritage Scholarship.
Trujillo has a variety of interests in FFA and has held several leadership roles in his local FFA Chapter, as well the Monterey Bay Section and local Region. He has attended both the State FFA and National FFA Leadership Conferences, where he was able to network with others and build his network of like-minded individuals. Trujillo recently earned his State Degree in FFA. One teacher described him as having a “wonderful sense of humor, strong work ethic, and has a positive influence on those around him.”
After high school, he plans to pursue a higher education at one of several colleges, focusing on Agriculture Education or Agri-Business, hoping to return to our area and become an Ag Teacher and FFA Advisor one day, to give back to his “amazing community.” He walks the walk by volunteering for various community events, as his busy schedule permits.
All proceeds from the sale of the Heritage Hog will benefit youth in the community by promoting scholarship opportunities, agricultural awareness, and help improve the barns, grounds, and event center venues at the Monterey County Fair.
For information or to support the Heritage Hog, contact the Heritage Foundation Team of Butch & Gary. Gary Robinson is at 831-809-1317 and Butch Lindley is at 831-596-9902.
For information on the auction itself, go to http://montereycountyfair.com/exhibits-junior-livestock-auction
The Monterey County Fair will run from Thursday, Aug. 29-Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center, 2004 Fairground Road, in Monterey. The theme of the 2019 fair is “High Tides and Carnival Rides.”
About the Monterey County Fair & Event Center
The Monterey County Fair & Event Center is a premier event center set on 22 oak-studded acres with ample parking. It is a state-owned multi-use facility that features four large banquet rooms, two outdoor concert venues, and a variety of outdoor and indoor cost-effective sites ideal for all types of events. It is home of the annual award-winning Monterey County Fair, host to many major and private events on the Central Coast, and the site of the Monterey Bay Race Place, a Satellite Wagering Facility.
For more information, contact the Fair Administration Office, at 2004 Fairground Road in Monterey, by calling (831) 372-5863 or go to www.montereycountyfair.com for more information.
Marci Bracco Cain
Salinas, CA 93901