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State Fair Auction Raises Big Money

DES MOINES, IA (AP) -- Several price records fell as the livestock auctions at the Iowa State Fair raised $327,000 for scholarships this year.   

The Des Moines Register reports hundreds watched the auctions Saturday.   

The livestock was raised by students involved in 4-H and FFA groups, and the proceeds help provide scholarships for people interested in agriculture.   

Alexis Delaney, 17, says she had no idea her prized hog would sell for $50,000. Iowa Select Farms paid nearly double the previous record price.   Delaney says she raised her hog, Frankie, in DeWitt since he was a piglet and fed him marshmallows as a treat.  

Truman Chamness, 17, of Blairsburg says he spent many long days taking care of his champion red heifer. His dedication paid off when Casey's General Store paid $36,500 for the heifer.

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