Construction company buys all grand champs at Coshocton Co. Fair auction


COSHOCTON, Ohio – The 2002 Coshocton County Fair livestock auction had an unusual buying pattern – one company, Rus/Den Construction, was the top bidder for all the grand champions, from dairy feeders and chickens to goats and turkeys.

A top bid of $13.50 a pound purchased the 271-pound grand champion market hog owned by Emily Stout.

Kraft Foods purchased Raylene March’s 256-pound reserve champion market hog for $7 a pound.

Andi Johnson’s 122-pound grand champion market lamb was sold for $14 a pound, while the 127-pound reserve grand champion market lamb owned by Kari Carnes was sold to Granny’s Kountry Kitchen for $7 a pound.

The 1,337-pound grand champion market steer owned by Beth Porteus brought $5 a pound from Rus/Den Construction.

Three Rivers Veterinary Hospital and Dailey Fence bought the 1,300-pound reserve champion market steer, owned by Lauren Porteus for $3.25 a pound.

Jeremy Goodman’s 541-pound dairy feeder calf was sold for $2.75 a pound to the construction company.

Nicole Hosfelt’s 112-pound grand champion market wether goat was sold for a winning bid of $1,000, while Miranda Bechtol’s reserve champion 84-pound goat was sold to Coshocton Memorial Hospital and Dreher Auto for $600.

A top bid of $700 from Rus/Den Construction bought the grand champion pen of market chickens owned by Evan Wright, while the reserve champion pen of chickens owned by Delese Tedrick went to Linnette’s Flowers and Williams Photography for $600.

Krista Walsh’s grand champion pen of meat rabbits was sold for $750. Fred Wachtel and Grant Daugherty purchased Aaron Westoefer’s reserve champion pen of meat rabbits for $500.

G. Carter Eberwine received $700 for his grand champion turkey, while Melissa Raber received $550 for her reserve champion, which was purchased by Domino’s Pizza.

Sugarcreek Veterinary Clinic purchased the dairy product for $1,600.

The goat product was purchased by Smurfit Stone Container Corporation for $600.

Philip A. Wagner made the top bid of $1,400 for the llama product.


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