BUCYRUS — The annual sale of champions at the 2014 Crawford County Fair was a roller-coaster ride for everyone – exhibitors, bidders and auctioneers. Some records were broken, while other rounds of bids languished. Craig A. Miley served again as the master of ceremonies for the event, assisted by fellow auctioneers Tom Brause, Rick Fogel, Rick Stuckert and Chad Gebhardt.
For the “gallon of milk” collection, the winning bid was $2,000; other bidders added in varying amounts, bringing the total award for the group to almost $5,000. The money will help defray expenses for Kendra Hudson, Kyle Hudson, Lane Bauer, Megan Lyons, Sydnee Corwin and Taylor Lutz, all members of Dairy Maids & Gents 4-H Club; Shannon Crabtree, Heartland 4-H Club; Lydia Pfeifer, Mount Zion Buckeyes 4-H Club; and Aaron Hand, Whetstone Go-Getters 4-H Club.
Dalton Hoover, Liberty Leaders 4-H Club, presented his grand champion dairy feeder, which earned a bid of $1,400. The reserve grand champion dairy feeder raised by Michelle Flick brought a bid of $1,250. Alana Burkhart’s grand champion overall goat brought a $1,900 bid, raising the record by $700. Burkhart is a member of Barnyard Guys & Gals 4-H Club. Lyndie Williams, Mount Zion Buckeyes 4-H Club, brought in the reserve champion overall goat which won a bid of $2,200, well above the previous record of $750.
The grand champion market hog was exhibited by Jennifer Siegel, Star Farmers 4-H Club, and earned a $3,000 bid. Kelsie Williams showed the reserve champion market hog which earned a total bid of $2,250, a new record bid. The grand champion pen of meat rabbits award went to Courtney Britt, Barnyard Guys & Gals $-H Club, earning her a bid of $2,000, another new record. Nicole Flock, North Robinson Blue Ribbons 4-H Club, earned a bid of $950 for her grand champion fryer rabbit, setting a new record in that category
Emily Rudd, Star Farmers 4-H Club, presented her grand champion lamb which brought a bid of $4,000, another record bid. The reserve grand champion lamb exhibited by Alan Leonhardt, also a member of Star Farmers 4-H Club, brought a bid of $3,500, again, a record bid. Next up for sale were Emma Studer’s pen of three chickens, winners of the grand champion poultry award. The bid reached a new record-setting $1,450. Colton Guinther, Dairy Maids & Gents 4-H Club, exhibited the reserved grand champion poultry, a pair of turkeys, which brought a bid of $800.
A group of 26 exhibitors of alpacas/llamas put together a basket full of products made from the wool of their own animals. A base bid of $2,000 was supplemented by additions from other bidders for a total of $3,750. The exhibitors were Brandon Britt, Courtney Britt, Ella Pfeifer and Keton Pfeifer, members of Barnyard Guys & Gals 4-H Club; Latasha Bays, Crawford Little Critters 4-H Club; Alec Sipes, Alivia Wise, Ivy Stewart, John Evans Jr., Senona Evans and Taylor Garrison-Wise, members of Crawford county Denim & Paws 4-H Club; Nicholas Starner, Dairy Maids & Gents 4-H Club; Rachel Cox, Heartland 4-H Club; Haley Thomas, John Bell, Mariah Cotsamire and Naomi Bell, Kilbourne Klovers 4-H Club; Gunner Christman, Lykens Champions 4-H Club; Jodie Jennings, Mount Zion Buckeyes 4-H Club; Nicole Flock, North Robinson Blue Ribbons 4-H Club; Allison Brause and Andrew Brause, Star Farmers 4-H Club; and Aaron Hand and Brittany Purcell, Whetstone Go-Getters 4-H Club. As with the gallon of milk auction, the bid money will be used to help with fees and equipment.
The sale brought $7,000 for Jessica Millenbaugh, Colonel Crawford FFA, for her grand champion market steer, matching the current record, and $3,100 for the reserve champion market steer exhibited by Adam Widman, Star Farmers 4-H Club. Lori Millengaugh, North Robinson Blue Ribbons 4-H Club, presented the grand champion beef feeder, bringing in a bid of $5,500, topping the previous high bid of $1,500. The reserve champion beef feeder exhibited by Lane Sautter, Buckeye Central FFA, earned a bid of $1,200.
A second auction was planned for Saturday morning. Complete lists of winning bidders, especially groups of bidders, were not available at press time.