The 2014 South Logan County Livestock Show and Fair, which runs from Sept. 2 through 6, is dedicated to Logan County auctioneer Todd Patterson.
Patterson has long been a regular at the fair, serving as the auctioneer for the junior premium livestock sale that concludes the annual event. His regular ingestion of fresh goat’s milk during the sale is always a crowd-pleaser.
In fact, Patterson has been an auctioneer for more than 65 years having conducted his first auction in 1947, according to the annual fair books released recently.
For his first auction Patterson hired his brother Jimmy as a clerk and paid him $5. After the commission of the sale brought in $7.50 he decided on a partnership because his brother had made twice as much on the sale.
The auction came about after, in a speech to classmates in high school, Patterson said he wanted to be in the auction business.
In 1951, Todd Patterson, along with brothers Jimmy and Richard — born in Logan County in 1927 Patterson is one of 10 children — bought the County Line Sale Barn, located on Highway 22. Through several successful years of operation, goats, cattle, horses and tack were sold.
"Todd would climb up into the auction box at 9 a.m. and would not come down until 6 p.m.," the fair book dedication page states.
Patterson’s auction count is estimated as only in the thousands.
Patterson also raised Long Horn cattle, and as a cattleman is a regular speaker at the Logan County Cattleman’s Association’s meetings. In addition to cattlemen’s association activities in Logan and Franklin counties, Patterson has been involved with community functions ranging from the fairs to pie suppers.
"Todd may not be a doctor, he may not heal you, but sometimes he can make you feel better when you are with him," the dedication page states.
The fair starts with the home ec exhibit check-in and the hay show and kids show-de-o on Tuesday, Sept. 2. Wednesday’s events include livestock and poultry check-in, livestock weigh-in and the horse show.
On Thursday the schedule includes the poultry judging, sew with cotton style show, rabbit show and the chuck wagon dinner.
Friday will include the sheep and goat and beef/dairy/swine shows and a pulled pork dinner.
The fair concludes on Sept. 6 with the 4-H pullet auction, a dog show, trophy presentation and the junior premium auction.
Admission is $2 each day for adults or $1 for children 12 and under. There is a wristband available for a cost of $5 that will cover the entire week.