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Updated: 02/09/2014 08:00:02AM

Fair game — kids raise livestock for fun, profit

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SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS
Mackenzie Hall, at left, and Julia Andrews, both 11, pause for a final portrait with the goat that Andrews auctioned off Saturday at the Charlotte County Fair. Today is the last day of the fair, and features Student Day, with all students and school employees admitted free, with ID.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

Michaela Flowers of Charlotte High School prepares to auction off her rabbit, Mama, at Saturday’s Small Animal Auction at the Charlotte County Fair.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

Jenna Tanksley, 7, holds her rabbit at Saturday’s Small Animal Auction at the fair.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

Tomboy, a Grand Champion tom turkey at the fair, earns a high bid of $82.50 and a congratulatory pat from Sky Fuller, 9, of Punta Gorda, as Matt Ford holds the prize fowl.

By GARY ROBERTS

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PORT CHARLOTTE — Michaela Flowers, 16, is having great success at the Charlotte County Fair, which really should be no surprise. She’s shown two grand champions, and now is reaping the benefits by selling her chicken and rabbit at Saturday’s Small Animal Auction.

In fact, Michaela is so good at raising animals that she takes them on the road across the nation, where she is ranked No. 2 and No. 3 for English Lops and English Angoras, respectively, by the American Rabbit Breeders Association. But her thoughts, and heart, are with her hog that finished runner-up in show and will be part of the afternoon’s Large Animal Auction.

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