Thousands of dollars were bid during Saturday's annual Dodge County Fair Ribbon Auction in Kasson. Local businesses and individuals spent the money to support the 4-H program in the county. It was announced at the beginning that all the money raised would stay within the Dodge County 4-H program.

Over 100 ribbons were auctioned off, several going for over $1,000. A percentage of the money goes to the 4-H student. Proceeds also go for scholarships, help offset costs for youth to attend the state fair, 4-H camps, county judges and other programming.

The show arena attendees erupted in applause several times to recognize students who went to the state fair last year. Dodge County also holds a Last Bid fundraiser, where bidders can make a flat $100 donation. Over $1,000 came in through that promotion.

Officials announced a larger number of bidders this year than in the past. The auctioneers were Travis Warmka and Steve Searles. Jodi Klocke of Bremer Bank was the clerk. Jeff Therring was the arena announcer. Laura Seljan took the official photographs. The Oslo All-Stars 4-H club assisted.

Dodge County 4-H clubs include Young Riders, Ripley's Believe it or Nots, Zumbro Rockets, Canisteo Young Farmers, Eden Progressive Gophers, Olso All-Stars, Milton Climbers and DC Puma, plus independent participants. Animals displayed included horse, goat, sheep, beef, rabbit, poultry, swine, dog and dairy. The auction was carried live on KRFO AM 1390.

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