On Saturday, February 25, Kathy Judkins, SECO Energy’s Deputy Director of Civic, Charitable and Government Affairs, attended the Marion County Southeastern Youth Fair’s swine auction at the Ocala Livestock Pavilion. As a not-for-profit electric cooperative established in 1938 to bring power to rural homes, SECO’s commitment to students who participate in rural agriculture exhibitions has remained strong for decades.
Hundreds of Marion County students involved in local 4-H programs showed and sold their pigs at the Youth Fair swine auction on Saturday. 4-H is America’s largest youth development organization – a community of almost six million young people in the United States. Children in every state, county and parish in the nation participate in 4-H programs in their area.
The Marion County Southeastern Youth Fair is the largest Youth Fair event in Florida. The ever-popular swine show and auction began in 1978. The Youth Fair in Marion County is made possible through the efforts of hundreds of volunteers who contribute thousands of hours to the Fair’s success.
As SECO’s representative, Judkins purchased three pigs from local 4-H students. Kelsey Albritton showed a 295 pound pig for the Ocklawaha Little Bits 4-H club. Kiden Johnston’s pig weighed in at 233 pounds and was raised under the direction of the Y Not 4-H club. Kaylin Griffin, a freshman at West Port High School, showed a pig for the Indigo 4-H club that weighed in at 232 pounds. Kaylin plans to use the profits from the sale to continue saving for college where she hopes to attend medical school to become a pediatrician.
Judkins stated, “4-H is an organization that brings families, schools and classmates together – their members feel a sense of community when they are working together toward a common goal. The kids who show their animals at the Youth Fair not only have fun, they are proud of their achievements and proud of their animals. Students enjoy showing off their accomplishments to their parents, teachers and friends.”