By Frances Negranza
As a high school student working at a livestock sales barn, Steven King sometimes went behind the barn on Saturday mornings and practiced auctioneering — to himself.
He got better, and the sales barn started throwing occasional work his way.
“I found myself wanting to do auctioneering more and more,” said King, now 67. “The sales barn would let me sell the baby calves and goats in the morning. I always thought I would make a profession out of it.”
Instead of a profession, King turned his interest into a hobby. He volunteers his time around Madera and Fresno for various charity auctions, including Trees for Charity, sponsored by the Madera Sunrise Rotary Club, which King belongs to...