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4-H and FFA members gear up for market sales in hopes of raising college tuition money

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Some 4-H and FFA members are gearing up for market sales at the Newton County Fair tomorrow.

Many kids start showing animals at a young age in hopes of saving up enough money for college tuition or other expenses.

"It makes you feel great to know that all of your hard work is going to pay off," said Jesse Shilling, high school senior.  "From the market sale, I will mostly be using it for college to pay for books, tuition and gas back and forth, so it will help me out a lot."

Shilling says goats like hers can draw in anywhere from a few hundred dollars to more than a thousand.

She, along with many others, has been preparing for the sale for weeks.

"Everyday, we walk them each morning and then tie them up at night," said Madelaine Giebler, high school senior.

"Each day, you have to wash and blow dry them and you have to train their hair to go forward," said Marisa Donica, high school junior.

Parents say the preparations instill a good work ethic in the kids at a young age.

"This is a great growing experience," said Preston Wright, parent.  "They get a lot of knowledge of the animals and they build a lot of friendships."

Wright says his son is saving for tuition money, but also for transportation, like many others.

"My sister is using the money from all the sales to buy a car," said Barrett Burkey, 5th grader.

And for kids like Shilling, participating in the sale not only helps pay for education, but also paves the way for a future career.

She plans to attend vet school one day.

"You get to learn a lot with the sickness of your animals and everything that you try to get over and then you can try to figure out what works best," Shilling said.  "Then you have that knowledge and help."

"The buyers are helping the kids with their futures is what it is," Wright said.

And also to help them establish great memories.

"It's worth it in the end," Donica said.  "It's a lot of fun."

Market sales at the Newton County Fair begin tomorrow at 7 p.m.
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