WOOSTER, Ohio – Good weather, great attendance and an outstanding junior fair livestock auction wrapped up the 2004 edition of the Wayne County Fair.
The sale totaled an unbelievable $495,665.05.
Day One of the two-day auction got under way with the sale of rabbits, broilers, geese, ducks, turkeys, goats and market lambs.
Big winner with small projects. Mark Imhoff wrapped up his last year in 4-H with the sale of his champion pen of meat rabbits for $550 to Ben D. Imhoff Construction.
The company also purchased his champion pen of broilers for $600 and his champion pen of ducks for $575.
Jim Palm and Denny’s Dyna Kleen purchased Imhoff’s reserve champion goose for $300.
Kelsey Reichert sold her reserve champion pen of broilers for $425 to Gerber Poultry while her champion goose was purchased by Maibach Ford and Beery’s.com for $400.
Megan Woodland’s reserve champion pen of ducks was purchased by Progressive Crop Service for $425. Julia Zollinger’s champion turkey sold for $625 to Remember When Agricultural Museum, while her reserve champion pen of meat rabbits was purchased by Marty’s Studio, Wooster Printing, and Mai Li Chinese Food for $350.
Jacob Masters’ reserve champion turkey was purchased by McMillen Tours and GRT Utilicorp for $525.
Ashley Hartzler’s 88-pound champion meat goat was purchased by Rivendell Zoological Park for $8 a pound. Kelsey Reichert returned to the winner’s circle to sell her 108-pound reserve champion meat goat to Norris Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge for $4.30 a pound.
The 34 goats averaged $2.58 a pound with champions; $2.31, without.
Local lamb. Hannah Wirth topped a competitive lamb show with a 134-pound, Wayne County-bred lamb.
Her grand champion lamb was purchased by Red Ferris Chevrolet for $25 a pound.
Rivendell Zoological Park had the top bid on Andrew Johnson’s 138-pound reserve grand champion market lamb.
Alison Dyer exhibited the grand champion Wayne County-bred and raised lamb. Her 144-pound lamb was purchased by Ben D. Imhoff Construction for $6 a pound while Michael Dyer’s 136-pound reserve champion Wayne County bred and raised lamb was purchased by Red Ferris Chevrolet for $3.50 a pound.
The 100 lambs averaged $3.23 a pound including champions; $2.94 a pound, without champions.
High on the hog. The second day of the auction got under way with the sale of Rochelle LeFever’s 262-pound champion market hog for $30 a pound to Wayne County National Bank.
Lodi Lumber bid $14 a pound for Matthew Redick’s 268-pound reserve champion market hog.
The 362 hogs averaged $2.07 a pound, including champions; $1.96 a pound, without champions. The hog sale alone totaled $199,268.60.
Champion steer. Dorothy Smith’s top bid of $8 a pound earned her a bouquet of flowers and Andrew Castella’s 1,275-pound champion beef steer.
Ben Stoller’s 1,335-pound reserve champion beef steer sold for $5 to Buckeye Veal Services.
Pallotta Ford bid $4 a pound for Joe Wirth’s 1,360-pound champion Wayne County-bred and raised steer, while Josh Ousley’s 1345-pound reserve champion Wayne County-bred and raised steer sold to Wayne Savings Bank for $2.75 a pound.
The 83 beef steers totaled $177,961.80 and averaged $1.64 a pound with champions; $1.52 a pound, without.
Brianna McConnell’s champion beef carcass was purchased by Rayco Manufacturing for $3 a pound and Lacey Uhler’s reserve champion beef carcass was purchased by New Pittsburg Veterinary Clinic for $2.85 a pound.
Sara Shoup sold her 1,510-pound champion dairy steer to Maibach Ford and Beery’s.com for $2 a pound.
Tucker Packing bid $1.60 a pound for Elizabeth Shoup’s 1,430-pound reserve champion dairy steer.
The 46 dairy steers added another $65,968.26 to the sale total and averaged $1.05 a pound including champions; $1.01 a pound, without.
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