MEDINA — More than 750 livestock animals were bid on and sold at this year’s Junior Fair Livestock Sale at the Medina County Fair, and several set price records.
The sale was conducted over two days. Rabbits and poultry were sold Friday, and goats, lambs, beef, starter calves, dairy beef and swine Saturday.
Stacie Maag’s grand champion rabbit sold for $1,225 to state Sen. Larry Obhof,
R-Montville Township. The previous record of $1,075 was set in 2017 by Obhof.
Grace Dunlay’s reserve grand champion rabbit sold for $950 to Sandridge Food Corp. The previous record was set in 2016 by Obhof for $725.
Breanna Clifford’s grand champion duck sold for $1,700 to Centerra Country Store and Kall Christmas Tree Farm. The previous record was set in 2017 by Sandridge for $1,413.
Rebecca Rogers’ reserve grand champion duck sold for $1,150 to Sandridge. The previous record was set in 2017 by Dr. Kelly Parker for $850.
Culley Emerson’s reserve grand champion goose sold for $2,000 to Sandridge. The previous record was set in 2014 by Wolff Bros. Supply for $1,050.
Zander Throckmorton’s grand champion turkey sold for $5,200 to Parker. The previous record was set in 2015 by John F. Messina, DDS, for $2,800.
Bryce Hart’s reserve grand champion turkey sold for $5,200 to Strike & Spare Lanes in Lodi. The previous record was set in 2015 by Harold Farnsworth for $650.
Henry Hummel’s grand champion lamb carcass sold for $17.50 per pound to Simmons Brothers Construction. The previous record was set in 2015 by Westfield Insurance for $17.25 a pound.
Shelby Moucha’s reserve grand champion beef carcass sold for $10 a pound to Parker. The previous record was set in 2017 by Emil Fabrizi for $7.35 a pound.
Larry Lewis III’s grand champion dairy beef finished steer sold for $3.70 a pound to Bauman & Sons Oil LLC. The previous record was set in 2017 by Albrecht Trucking at $3.65 a pound.
Heath Sutton’s reserve grand champion dairy beef finished steer sold for $2.50 a pound to Treemasters Tree Service. The previous record was set in 2014 by T.L. Keller Meats at $2.40 a pound.
Jake Maat’s grand champion swine carcass sold for $12.50 a pound to Precision Outdoor Creations Inc. The previous record was set in 2015 by Simmons Brothers Construction for $10 a pound.
Levi Farnsworth’s reserve grand champion swine carcass sold for $20.50 a pound to Simmons Brothers. The previous record was set in 2016 by Russ Farnsworth for $7.50 a pound.
The OSU Tickets Galore Endowment Basket sold for $10,000 to Parker, breaking her own record of $5,000 in 2017.
Additionally, money was raised for the livestock sale scholarship and for Medina County’s endowment fund. Funds can be requested by 4-H clubs and committees and the money is distributed twice a year.
Prior to announcing the livestock sale scholarship, a 4-H-themed stained glass window created by fair director Stuart Neal was auctioned off. The project took Neal a couple of months to finish.
It was bought by Bauman & Sons Oil for $1,000. The funds will go directly toward next year’s livestock sale scholarship.
This year’s scholarship winner was Breanna Clifford. The 18-year-old Black River High School graduate will be attending Ashland University to study early childhood education. In addition to being a member of the Homerville Highlighters’
4-H club and Black River’s FFA, she also was involved in track, basketball, cross country, National Honor Society and student council.
“My experiences in 4-H have influenced my future career,” Clifford said. “I started 4-H when I was 9, and I looked up to the older members as role models. Now I am able to serve as a role model and mentor.”
The sale committee scholarship is awarded to a senior 4-H or FFA member who has been showing livestock for at least five years, including that member’s senior year. The application is based on scholarship, community service, community involvement and 4-H involvement.
Junior Fair Board members who helped with the sale included Julie Wiseman, Ellen Fuller, Delaney Styer, Becca Stroud, Leah Stidham, Gabby Reck, Ethan Briggs, Alayna Smith, Cecilia Mainzer, Quade Mainzer, Jacob Barrington, Joey Barrington and Lauren Berrey.
The Junior Fair Sale Committee includes Chairman Mike Gall, Co-Chairman Duane Coffman, Secretary Christine Barnes and Treasurer Margaret Demczyk. Other members are Mike Boyert, Kate Guliford, Cheri Matushevski, Krystal Smith, Mandy Cahoon, Dorothy Hamlett, Tammy Miller, Chuck Stiver, Pat Cornell, Gary Hamlett, Tom Miller, Chris Sulzener, Steve Demeulenaere, Hannah Huttinger, Clara Mitchell, Melissa Synk, Eddie Echle, Nyla Kovalik, Barb Nixon, Mindy Tinney, Ashley Garnes, Dan Lloyd, Brittany Robinson, Tess Yurik and Robert Zakrejsek.
Junior Fair Board representatives are Culley Emerson, Rachel Ewald and Alisa Sandor.
Messages may be left for Lydia Mainzer at (330) 721-4060.