TALLMADGE, Ohio – The Summit County Fair livestock sale began and ended with broken records.
In the first 10 minutes of the sale July 26, records were established for grand and reserve champion market rabbits. In the sale’s last moments, a steer record was set.
Rabbits. Seth Hendrickson sold his grand champion pen of three rabbits to Alltel of Hudson, Ohio, for $525. The old record, set last year, was $500.
Adam Hendrickson has been carrying the reserve champion market rabbit banner since 2000. This year he sold his reserve champion pen of rabbits to Infocision of Montrose, Ohio, for $400, breaking the $260 record he set last year.
Shawna Duncan’s third place pen of market rabbits sold for $550 to Scott’s Steak Hoagie, topping the bids for the grand and reserve pens.
Nine pens of rabbits averaged $157.86 without champions and $225.55 with champions.
Asha Negi won junior rabbit showmanship and Emily Trettel won intermediate showmanship. Elizabeth Capps won the senior division and overall rabbit showmanship.
Steer record. As the sale came to a close, the reserve champion steer stole the show. It was in the ring for about 15 minutes as buyers battled it out to come out on top.
As Danielle Hasbrouck stood in the ring with her steer, her fellow 4-H’ers surrounded bidders and encouraged higher prices by yelling, clapping and cheering each time the price went up.
In the end, Hasbrouck’s 1,035-pound steer brought $3.80 a pound from the Butler Company in Dublin, Ohio, and shattered previous steer records.
The grand champion steer record was set last year at $3.55 a pound and the reserve champion steer was also set last year at $2.70 a pound.
Paul Estergall won junior steer showmanship. David Zuravel won the senior division and overall steer showmanship.
Multi-species winner. Hasbrouck was not alone in her good fortune this year. Alisa Shenigo raised three grand champions and one reserve champion animal.
Shenigo’s 1,278-pound grand champion steer brought $2 a pound from Marhofer Chevrolet of Stow, Ohio.
Fifteen steers averaged $1.21 a pound without champions and $1.51 a pound with champions.
Hog sale. Hasbrouck and Shenigo were together again in the winner’s circle with their market hogs.
For the second year in a row, Leppo Equipment of Tallmadge, Ohio, bought Shenigo’s grand champion hog. This year her 252-pound champion sold for $4 a pound, down $3.50 a pound from last year.
Portage Frosted Foods of Ravenna, Ohio, bought Hasbrouck’s 258-pound reserve champion hog for $3.75 a pound.
Thirty-six hogs averaged $1.80 a pound without champions and $1.92 a pound with champions.
Josh Tomayko won junior hog showmanship, John Tomayko won intermediate hog showmanship and Chris Marhofer won the senior division and overall hog showmanship.
Poultry. Shenigo rounded out her winning by claiming the grand and reserve champion market turkey titles. She also added her name to the list of record setters at the 2003 sale.
Her grand champion turkey sold for a record $330 to Zuravel Barn and Craig Stein Stables of Northfield, Ohio. The record turkey price was set in 1997 at $110.
Her reserve champion turkey sold to Beaver Stump Removal of Mogadore, Ohio, for $275. The old record was $75, set in 1997.
Four turkeys averaged $92.50 without champions and $222.50 with champions.
In the market chicken sale, Ed Luther sold his grand champion pen to Leppo Equipment for $325. The price was down from the $500 record set last year.
John Frangos sold his reserve champion pen for $350 to Extreme Online of Brecksville, Ohio.
Sixteen pens of market chickens averaged $98.57 without champions and $128.44 with champions.
Lamb sale. Fair princess Emily Vohnout earned grand champion lamb honors this year. She sold her 126-pound lamb to Leppo Equipment for $4.50 a pound. The price was down $1.60 from last year.
Fair queen Melanie Vohnout sold her 117-pound reserve champion lamb to Marhofer Chevrolet for $3.65 a pound.
Seven market lambs averaged $2.20 a pound without champions and $2.73 a pound with champions.
Paul Estergall won junior lamb showmanship and overall lamb showmanship honors. Shenigo won senior showmanship.
Totaled $50,000. The sale total was $50,228.75, up more than $8,300 from last year.
Several 4-H’ers were recognized at the sale for their achievements and contributions. The hog herdsman award went to Marhofer, the steer herdsman award went to Hasbrouck and Melanie Vohnout received the lamb herdsman award.
Estergall was recognized as the most improved member and the herds family award went to the Hasbrouck family.
Sara Weiss won Showman of Showmen honors.
Jonathan Polcen and Mike Davis were the auctioneers.
Dan Tronge, Andy Stegh and John Stegh manned the ring.