Tuscarawas dairy totals hit $50,550

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NEW PHILADELPHIA, Ohio – Although it didn’t set a record, merchants and individuals once again gave good support to the 16th annual junior fair dairy products sale Sept. 19 at the 153rd Tuscarawas County Fair.

Glenn Burket of Dover, owner of Flex Technologies of Midvale, again set the tone for the sale by outdoing his own record bid of last year’s sale. This year he purchased the No. 1 basket for a record $5,600, which is $1,300 more than he paid for last year’s basket.

Before accepting his basket, Burket, who is a long time supporter of the 4-H dairy program, drank the traditional glass of milk which is offered to the first six buyers.

Sky high. Receipts from the total auction, combined with donations afterwards, raised $50,550 for the county’s 4-H dairy program. Although it was about $4,450 less than last year’s auction total, junior fair and auction officials were pleased.

Buyers one through six received a basket containing about $75 worth of dairy products and dairy product gift certificates – Swiss cheese and butter – along with an engraved cherry shelf and coat rack.

Other buyers. Buyers of the other five baskets are the following:

* Mako’s Market and Pharmacy of Uhrichsville, $3,000.

* Kimble Companies of Dover, $2,500.

* William Zeigler and family of Midvale, $2,550.

* Gordon Milk Transport of Sugarcreek, $2,200.

* Mutti Dairy Farms of Stone Creek and Staneart Sunoco and Mini Mart (Pauline Staneart) of Johnstown, $2,000.

Contributions. Buyers of the next 28 dairy product arrangements, including a smaller shelf, paid from $900 to $1,300 each.

Their contributions added $30,500 to the first six buyers’ $17,850.

Sale clerk Don Kemp, a member of the junior fair livestock committee, said about $2,200 in donations was added after the sale.

Dave Bambeck was the auctioneer.

About 40 percent of the money collected at auction is used to continue educational trips and programs for the youths. The rest is divided among the program participants in recognition of the efforts they have made with their animals and in the industry.

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