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Auctioneer Lyle Masters 54th Year at Fair
One of the most rewarding parts of the fair for many kids is the Junior Market Animal Sale.
One person who enjoys it in particular is Lyle Masters.
Masters is an auctioneer who has been coming to the Twin Falls County Fair for more than five decades.
Says Masters, "It's the thing I've always wanted to do since I was four years old. It’s got more modern I might say in the last fifty years."
Gregg Hall, Vice Chairman of the Junior Market Sale, says "he's been through the whole time. He knows how everything works. He's a great supporter of the community and I think that says it all."
In 2009, the Twin Falls County Fair rewarded Masters for his service by naming the barn and arena after him.
Says Masters, "I was deeply honored when they named it after me when I did my 50th auction sale in the fairgrounds."
Asserts Hall, "You have to have a knack and almost sing that chant. There are very few people that know how to do it. It takes a lot of training and a lot of practice to be as good as Lyle."
Fourteen year old Jarod Duggan sold his pig in the auction for the fifth year in a row. Says Duggan about Masters, "He does a pretty good job he doesn't slip up very often. He does it real quick, I could never do that."
Says Masters, "I just do what I do, and try to get it done, and do it in a manner that won't make them mad."
But for Masters, the hardest part isn't talking fast or tongue twisters.
Masters says, "the hardest part is when you see the kid cry. When they tell the animal goodbye. That's the hard part."
Throughout the day, Masters was a part of the sale of almost 300 animals.
But busy days don’t keep him from loving his job.
"I can quit anytime but I love the work and I love the people that work with me."