HUGHESVILLE - Colby Bosch of Muncy was happy after selling his pig for $375 at the 4-H Youth livestock show and sale at the Lycoming County Fair on Friday.
His girlfriend, Taylor Yeagle of Montgomery, was not.
She became teary-eyed when talking about the animal, which she described as "kind of" like a pet.
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Baileigh Splain of Linden, the daughter of Todd and Lisa Splain, stands with her pig at the youth livestock show and sale Friday at the Lycoming County Fair in Hughesville. The sale was a part of the Lycoming County 4-H program.
"I like her," she said.
Bosch, an 8-year veteran of 4-H, said he knew the auction was coming, so he didn't try to bond with the animal.
"I didn't get close with her," he said.
The mixing of joy and sadness was a common sight at the livestock arena Friday night, where area youth completed their year-long 4-H projects with the auction of their animals.
Megan Hazel, who was also selling a pig at the auction, said the sale is a part of the livestock cycle.
"It's a part of farming, you get used to it," she said. "But, of course you've been bonding with your animal, so it can be hard."
Hazel, a resident of Montoursville, said the auction is a time for kids from agricultural communities to display their skills.
"This is our showing off," she said. "You have a lot of pride when you go and sell (your animals)."
Hazel said raising her animal was "a lot of hard work," but she added that she's already looking forward to working with animals again next year.
Hazel plans on pursuing an animal science degree in college, and said that her experience in 4-H has taught her a lot about the animals she will be working with in the future.
"I've learned so much from this," she said.
Andrea Gavitt said her daughter Gabrielle, who was selling two steers at the auction, has also learned a lot from raising her animals.
"It's a good learning experience to see what it takes to get animals ready for auction," she said.
"It helps you learn to pick out the best animals," Gabrielle Gavitt said.
Both Andrea and Gabrielle Gavitt said they were feeling happy to complete this year's project, describing it as "a lot of work," but also sad at the thought of leaving this year's animals behind, especially the cow Samson.
"That was the first calf born on (Gabrielle's uncle's) farm," Andrea Gavitt said.
Jami Levan of Jersey Shore said she was looking forward to relaxing for the rest of the summer, after selling her pig at the auction.
"It's a relief that I don't have to feed it every morning and every night," she said.
But Levan said she realized what her work produced after selling her animal for over $900.
"It shows that hard work can pay off," she said.
Levan said she was "a little" sad after selling her animal, but that she understood what would happen when she began her project.
"I knew before I started that these were market animals and that's what they're meant for," she said.
Levan said after the auction, buyers can take the animal they purchased home from the fair and pay the students at a later date.
Levan would recommend 4-H for any student interested in agriculture.
"It's a good idea to get involved," she said. "You lean a lot and you meet new people."