The 35th annual Monongalia County Youth Livestock Show and Sale was held this weekend.
Kids ages 8 to 21 years old participated.
The Youth Livestock Show has around 150 animals that were raised by 100 young 4-H and FFA members. Like Kody Fowler, a rabbit raiser. He said it takes a lot of work to get them ready to bring to the shows.
"What you have to do, you have to feed them twice a day, you have to get them water, and feed," said Fowler. "I feed them 'Manna Pro' and 'Calf Mana' and that's the protein that I feed them. So that's the biggest way they get bigger."
The event is a chance for kids to show off the projects they've been working on.
Whether it be cows or pigs, the animal gets auctioned off for a good cause.
"Buyers purchase them and we give 100 percent of the proceeds back to the kids. We also, in addition to that, if the buyer buys something and donates it back we have a good on going to scholarship program this evening," said Keith Watson, president of the Clay-Battelle FFA Alumni, and governing body of the Livestock Show and Sale. "The last check I had, before I left the trailer, we're looking to give away another $1,000 this evening. Over 16 scholarships, $500 scholarship a piece."
Some of the animals weigh up to 1,500 pounds and will be auctioned off for around $5,000. But the main reason for the program is to allow kids to do what they love and hopefully get some money for college.
"I just wanted to get into something that I could interact with animals," said Fowler, who created his own rabbit breeding business at 13 years old. "I can sell them, and I can breed them, so I can get more babies, and I just love these guys. I just love them."
The group was hoping to break its own record, and raise more than $200,000. The money will go to two kids, 4-H, and FFA to be used for scholarships.