ENCINITAS — High school Student Kathleen Boyle will do something different with her profits from the Del Mar Fair Junior Livestock Auction.
This year all her profits will go to the Encinitas Food Bank
Boyle is a member of the Olivenhain 4H and is the teen leader for both the lamb project and the Fruit Picking Project (FPP). As co-teen leader (with Robert Miller) of the FPP, she coordinates volunteers to pick fruit from otherwise unused fruit trees and takes them to the local food pantries. More than 3,000 pound of fruit have been donated during the last two years. Looking for a way to combine her two passions she decided to raise a lamb to help the food banks in Encinitas.
Kathleen is an incoming sophomore at Our Lady of Peace High School. She plays soccer for Rancho Sante Fe Attack Elite. She has been a member of 4H for 8 years and founder and teen leader of the fruit-picking project for two years.
The 2013 San Diego County Fair held its 64th annual Junior Livestock auction July 1. This year, 307 animals were auctioned, raising $408,000 for youth members of 4-H and FFA. Youth members of these programs in San Diego County participated by raising and showing their animals for the auction.
The programs offer curricula rich in science, animal husbandry, business and marketing skills. The money raised from the auction of the animal projects helps fund future projects and their college education. Only animals awarded a blue ribbon are eligible for the auction. In each category, a Grand and Reserve Grand Champion award is given. These animals have been deemed “the best of the best” by the judges.
This year, the highest price per pound paid was $45 for a market lamb, shown by Alexis Awery of Ramona Wranglers 4-H. The top three buyers were Tip Tops Meats, Barb and Ron Reinhardt, and Southern Contracting Co.