CANTON, Ohio – The story in the Stark County Fair market lamb sale wasn’t a record bid or a booming average.
The real story was the generosity of the 4-H’ers themselves.
Three 4-H’ers gave up money in the bank and donated 100 percent of their lambs’ sale to victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Tuslaw 4-H’er Erica Schrock was the first to go through the ring with the announcement that she was donating all of the money from her lamb to relief efforts. Her lamb sold for $7 a pound, more than the grand champion, to Commercial Building Services of Ohio.
Four lambs later, 12-year-old Maggi Estock led her 128-pound lamb into the ring with the same announcement. Buyers reached deep and the Schott family of Schott Feed & Supply paid $6 a pound for Estock’s lamb.
It was a quick $768 for the American Red Cross.
Then came Ashley Walker, whose 110-pound lamb raised $330 for the hurricane relief fund.
All total, the trio donated $1,882.
“Everything they had was washed away,” said Maggi Estock. “I just wanted them to have something, to help them rebuild.”
Schrock decided at the beginning of fair week that she would donate her lamb’s proceeds.
“Those people were standing in line just to get water,” she said. She sent her funds to the Joyce Meyer Hurricane Fund, a Christian-based relief effort.
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