Children sell livestock at Big Sky Country State Fair

    Elizabeth Brownell pets one of her animals at the 4-H livestock auction at the fairgrounds.png

    For most 4-H kids, the county fair is one of the highlights of summer.

    They've worked hard all year raising their animals to be presented to the public.

    "I have a goat named Fox and a goat named Hope and then I have Bob and I have six rabbits which I don't remember any of their names, except for one," said 4-H participant Elizabeth Brownwell.

    The 11-year-old spent nearly the whole year looking after pigs, rabbits and goats at her home outside of Belgrade.

    Friday she got to see her hard work pay off and sell them at the Big Sky Country State Fair during the 4-H livestock auction.

    She says her favorite thing about raising animals is loving them and spending time with them.

    But her father, Cody Brownwell, says the work also gives kids like her a good work ethic.

    “Compassion and kindness -- it teaches these kids -- you know they're taking care of another living, breathing animal and without Lizzie taking care of these animals as good as she does they wouldn't be able to survive, so it's dedication to another life," he said.

    Dozens of 4-H kids participating in the 4-H livestock auction got to display their animals and projects to outside buyers.

    Elizbeth's father says the sale of livestock during this event often yields more money than market value and draws in a big crowd.

    In the meantime, Elizabeth says she's happy to do it all over again until next year.

    "The next best thing is next year because then I get to have new animals that I get to spend time with,” she said.

    Another 4-H market is scheduled Saturday at the fair, as well as other events.

    The fair runs until 8 p.m. Sunday.

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