Guernsey County Fair sale sets new record

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OLD WASHINGTON, Ohio – In spite of recent terrorist attacks in the United States two days prior to the sale and an uncertain financial market, it was a record-setting year at the Guernsey County Fair junior livestock sale with $226,929.27 in receipts.

Approximately 200 buyers made purchases, including more than 40 new buyers.

New buyer bids big. One of the new buyers, Wal-Mart of Cambridge, purchased the grand champion market hog from exhibitor Kenny Wells for $14 per pound. Riesbeck’s Food Market purchased the reserve grand champion market hog from exhibitor Mindy Carpenter for $5 per pound.

Jennifer Dodd’s grand champion market steer was purchased by Bruner Land Company for $5 a pound. Conn’s Potato Chips bought Abbie West’s reserve grand champion market steer for $3.25 a pound.

The sale of market steers generated $69,520.75, an increase over the 2000 total of $65,905.25.

Conn’s Potato Chips also purchased the grand champion dairy feeder for $2.75 per pound. The reserve champion dairy feeder went to Bruner Land Company for $1.50 a pound. Both feeder calves were exhibited by Corey Ripley. Sales of dairy and beef feeders totaled $18,560.50.

Julie Watson’s grand champion market lamb was purchased by Conn’s Potato Chips for $7.75 per pound and the reserve champion market lamb raised by Breanna Winters went to Harold and Vanessa Kidd of Crime Alert, for $8 a pound.

The sale of market lambs totaled $41,790.51, a large increase from $37,208.46 raised during the 2000 junior fair livestock sale.

Small animals. Eastern Ohio Mutual Insurance Agent Marlene Bond purchased Aaron Haught’s grand champion goat for $950. The reserve champion goat, exhibited by Amber Ball, sold to Davis Rock Bits for $700.

The proceeds from the goat sale totaled $7,825, an increase over the 2000 total of $4,610.

Kroger bought the grand champion fryer (rabbits) for $1,000; and Conn’s Potato Chips bought the reserve champion fryers for $1,250. The grand champion fryers were exhibited by Lindsey Barber and the reserve champion fryers were sold by Courtney Hunter.

Kroger also purchased the grand champion broiler chickens from Dawn Roberson for $600. Knights Inn/Shenandoah Plaza purchased the reserve champion broiler chickens from Renee Grubbs for $550.

In the only nonlivestock category, the sale of 15 dairy baskets generated $5,100 this year, an increase of nearly $1,000 over 2000’s total.

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