“$30,000 for the champion hog! Let’s give our support! $35,000!! Can I get $36,000….SOLD! Denver Rustlers!!”

The excitement was palatable as Auctioneer John Korrey brought it home to raise money for 4H and Future Farmers of America (FFA) at the 150th Colorado State Fair on Tuesday. Korrey, a 50-year auctioneer veteran, told the crowd “be sure and take care of yourself,” but it seems the memo got out to take care of others as well.

The Denver Rustlers, along with other philanthropic groups, came to bid on champion hogs, steers, heifers, goats, rabbits–whatever it takes to support 4H and FFA. They didn’t actually go home with a farm animal–instead they went home with the great feeling that they helped raise money for educational opportunities for these kids’ future.

The Denver Rustlers began 38 years ago during an economic downturn, when a lack of bidding threatened to shut down the Junior Livestock Sale at the State Fair. At the urging of the late Representative Tom Farley, Tim Schultz (then Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture) approached Dick and Eddie Robinson, as well as Larry A. Mizel, asking them to step-in and make sure the hardworking 4-H and FFA youths could continue to participate and raise money for their future education. The three rallied their friends and colleagues to invest in these kids’ by supporting their livestock sale.

Over the years, the prestigious Denver Rustlers have raised more than $3 million for student exhibitors at the Colorado State Fair Junior Livestock Sale, an event that supports Colorado’s young farmers and ranchers as they showcase their livestock to earn money for college.

The Rustlers group started their day with a scrumptious breakfast at Shanahan’s restaurant before boarding buses for the trek to Pueblo. (see additional coverage at Denver Rustlers Breakfast Fuels Livestock Bidder$ For Trip To State Fair (blacktie-colorado.com)

Kudos to all those who participated, whether it was placing bids, providing sponsorships, volunteering time and services…this was once again a resounding success.

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