"I was too excited to pay attention to what was going on," John Hyatt, 10, of the Clay City Clever Clovers, said of his 288-pound pig being the first animal to crack the $1,000 ceiling in the cross-bred swine bidding.
"It's sad that I can't keep him, but I'm going to use the money to buy one for next year."
Thankful to all the bidders and everyone that participated in the livestock competition during the week, Jeff Hyatt was proud of the way his son handled himself during his show.
"Being in 4-H has taught John responsibility and how to appreciate what he has in life," he said.
Two other animals in the swine auction topped the $1,000 mark. Brodie Crowe, son of Scott and Peggy Crowe, sold his 260-pound pig for $1,350, while Abby Shidler, daughter of Thad and Trisha Shidler, sold her 255-pound pig for $1,050.
Selling pairs of chickens for $500 in the arena stunned siblings Shearea and Travis Barret.
"It's great," Shearea said as her brother nodded, "but it is awkward to have chickens sell for that much. It's not like we sold a beef."
Shearea, 17, is saving her auction money for college expenses, while Travis, 14, wasn't sure what he was going to do with his money, yet.
During the anticipated beef auction, the bidding for the first two animals had the crowd gasping as the prices inched higher and higher.
Kayla Howell, daughter of Kim and Dean Howell, entered the ring first to sell her Grand Champion 1,281 pound-beef for $3,000, then Chelsee Gerber sold her Grand Champion Home Grown 1,002-pound beef for $5,500.
Quickly leaving the ring, Gerber, an 11-year 4-H member, consoled a friend who was having a difficult time saying goodbye to her animal after the auction.
"It's really sad that you care for an animal, get attached to it and then have to let it go," Gerber, 19, said.
"The money will help me with college expenses. This is my last year in 4-H and I really appreciate all the buyers who bought my steer. I'm really grateful to everyone involved in 4-H."