Wabash County 4-H members capped a successful fair week by taking home a total of $219, 987 from last Friday's livestock auction. Although most champions and individual animals sold well, the total did not equal last year's record of $253,620. The two stars of the sale were the grand champion steer and the grand champion barrow, each selling for $9,000 or more.
Eight-year member Levi Allen of Lagro kept the beef hardware in the family for the second straight year, following in his sister Morgan's footsteps by showing the grand champion steer. Although Levi sold his 1,310-pound crossbred for an impressive $9,400 to a group of 65 buyers (see list at end of story), he couldn't match his big sister's record from last year of $15, 250. Levi's selling price figured out to $7.18 per pound.
The reserve champion steer, a crossbred shown by Cole Mize of North Manchester, did not sell at auction. The county born and bred champion, shown by Brantley Hayley of Wabash, sold for $3,500 to a group of buyers (see list).
The grand champion barrow was sold by Tyler Shepherd of North Manchester for an even $9,000. The 284-pound crossbred was sold to a buyer's group (see list) at a per-pound price of $31.69. In the hog show last Wednesday, Shepherd had also shown the reserve champion gilt.
The reserve champion barrow, a 282-pound crossbred, was sold by Noelle Patrick of North Manchester to a buyer's group (see list) for $1,900 ($6.73 per pound).
While the champion market lamb, shown by Cole Mize, did not sell at auction, the reserve champion, shown by Taylor Chamberlain of Urbana sold to a buyer's group (see list) for $3,800.
The champion veal calf was sold by Bethany Azbell of Wabash for $1,350 to Brodbeck Seeds and Kirtlan Automotive. The reserve champion was sold by Camron Dawes of Urbana for $950 to Builders Mart, 2 Guys Working and Dr. Joe Richter DDS.
From the dairy show, ice cream from the champion dairy cow was sold by Spencer Penrod of North Manchester to Spiece for $300.
Jensen Lassiter of Lassiter of North Manchester sold her champion Pygmy goat to Shepherd's Chevrolet-Cadillac, Pitts Mowing Service and Beacon Credit Union for $925, while Calvin Unger of Wabash sold the reserve champion for $325 to Wabash County Republicans, State Rep. Bill Ruppel and State Sen. Gary "Doc" Dillon.
The grand champion Boer goat, shown by Elizabeth Michel of North Manchester, did not sell, but the grand champion Boer milk was sold by Kevin Clupper of Wabash to D&J Radabaugh Construction for $250.
In dairy goats, the grand champion was sold by Samuel Gardner of Wabash to F.J. Rettig for $375, while the grand champion milk was sold for $700 by Jackie McConnell of Roann to a buyer's group (see list).
In poultry, the grand champion duck was bought by First Farmer's Bank & Trust from Patrick Rosenbarger of North Manchester for $200. The reserve champion was sold by Caitlin Dingess, also of North Manchester, for $350 to First Merchant's Bank, Beauchamp & McSpadden, and Cripe Mobile Home Transport.
The grand champion turkey was sold by Drake Richter of Wabash to Gorman Orthodontics for $325, while the reserve champion was sold by Erin Dawes of Urbana to Peebles Realty for $110.
The grand champion meat pen (chickens) was sold by Madalyn Dale of North Manchester to Gorman Orthodontics and Midwest Eye Consultants for $275. The reserve champion, shown by Alexis Wagoner of North Manchester, went to Eads Bulldozing for $110.
The grand champion egg chicken was sold by Bryant Wiley of North Manchester for $300 to Troy Eads Excavating and Shepherd's Chevrolet. The grand champion fancy chicken did not sell at auction, but the reserve champion was sold by Camron Dawes to Peebles Realty for $200.
In rabbits, Seth Truss of Wabash sold his champion meat pen single fryer to Farm Bureau Insurance for $400. The champion meat pen 4-class was sold by Austin Kirtlan of Wabash for $450 to Kirtlan Automotive, while the reserve champion was sold by Austin Trump of Wabash to The Paper and Miller Furniture for $400. The champion meat pen 6-class was sold by Drew Clark of Urbana to Miller's Merry Manor, Quality Electric and Bucheri, McCarty and Metz for $500.
The Wabash County 4-H Horse and Pony Club raised $3,000 from the sale of a park bench to a buyer's group (see list), while the Wabash County Dog Club received $800 for a hand-made show box, which was purchased by AgroChem, Cornerstone Veterinary, and Eads & Sons Bulldozing.
Spiece and the Halderman Co.'s split some high-priced pie, which had been prepared by Tom Snyder. The beneficiary was the 4-H Fair building fund to the tune of $1,050. The building fund also received $1,100 from the sale of U.S. and Indiana flags, which were donated by State Rep. Bill Ruppel and State Sen. Gary Dillon. The purchaser was F.J. Rettig. Ice cream donated by the Urbana Fire Department was purchased by the Halderman Co.'s, Bill and Mary Earle, and Larry and A.J. Jordan for $450.
Last go-round—With the closing of this year's fair, 36 young people wrapped up their 4-H careers. Ten-year members include: Reily Blatz, Audrey Boring, Devin Carr, Bridget Driscoll, Amanda Dubuque, Abbey Finch, Tia Forthofer, Sara Gable, Cami Givens, Steven Grossman, Devon Heagy, Josie Heckaman, Audrey Johnson, Joel McColley, Marissa Meyer, Liza Miller, Heather Palmer, Devin Patrick, Calli Paul, Spenser Penrod, David Perry, Richard Reust, Brooke Sausaman, Caitlyn Schaffer, Aaron Shaw, Alex Shear, Danielle Smith, Ethan Statzer, Dustin Stout, Jared Tackett, Sydni Terrill, David Thrush, Isaiah Vanderpool, Katelyn Wade, Jessica Weirick and Bryant Wiley.
• Friends of Levi Allen (champion beef steer)—Grandma Deeter and Bob, Andy, Mike, Jenny, Betsy, and Families; Grandma Allen; Leo and Laura Jud; Tiffany and Amelia Roser; Kalmbach Feeds; Elden Stoops Law Office; Shepherd's Chevrolet-Cadillac; David L. Mann, CLU, CFP; Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Home; Joe and Tina Carroll and Collin Buzzard; Fred and Mel Hoover Farms; Dave, Debbie, and Brett Williams; 4-H Friends; ADM Alliance-Bryan Rodibaugh; AgroChem; Andon Boocher; Ayres Farms; Basket Lanes and GSR-Shelly Graves; Beacon Credit Union; Bill and Janet Kirkpatrick; Bill and Marcia Johnson; Brent and Lisa Paxton Family; Brodbeck Seeds; Bruce and Carma Foster and Nicole, Jessica, and Justin Weirick; CAT Excavating; David and Chris Sands family; Denney Buick-Pontiac-GMC; Dennis Greer Family; Designs at the Cabin-North Manchester; Dorais Chevrolet; Guenin Law Office; "No. 1;" Dr. Bing Fowler; Eads & Sons Bulldozing; Egolf Forestry Services; Farm Bureau Insurance-JoEllen Studio; First Financial Bank; Fraternal Order of Police; Fred Squires family; Friends of 4-H; Friermood Tire-North Manchester; Friermood Tires and Alignment; Gaunt and Son Asphalt; Hot Off The Press; Joe, Mary and Jim Vogel; John Hacker; Keys Gift & Photo; Kokomo Grain; Lengrich Meats; Main View-North Manchester; Maurice Frazee family; Max and Donna Highley; Midwest Eye Consultants; Mike and Cindy Pyle; Nestle Purina; Poole's Meat Market; Purina Show Chows; Randy and Cathy Duhamell; Slack Suffolks and Club Lambs; Supporters of 4-H; Tanner Chamberlain; Tri-W; and Young's Culligan.
• Friends of Brantley Hayley (county born and bred champion beef)—Watson Farms; New Holland-Logansport; First Farmers Bank; Wells-Fargo Bank; Heritage Seeds-Shane Richey; Louis Dreyfus-Claypool; Triple L Trucking; M&M Feed-Mark and Matt Schuler; AgVenture/McKillip Seeds; Friermood Tire-North Manchester; Houlihan Lawnmower Sales; Central Indiana Insurance-Bob Birk and Rhonda Dale; MFY Designs-Mitch and Shawna Meyer; Nomanco.
• Friends of Tyler Shepherd (champion barrow)—Gaunt & Son Asphalt; Amelia and Tiffany Roser/Erica, Morgan and Levi Allen; Johnson Engraving; Hoosier 1 Realty-Jerry Johnson; Lindzy Farms; Jim and Connie Rosen; Leo and Laura Judy; Ayres Farms; Jeff and Natalie Rager family; R.J. Brown Trucking; Swihart Grain; North Manchester Moose Family Center; Time Out Inn; Ruppel Electric; Temporary Designs by Nicole; Cutting Edge Show Pigs; Sunglow Feeds-Chad Howard; Hire's Gifts & Electronics; Shepherd's Chevrolet-Cadillac Employees; Cut Above; ADM-Alliance Nutrition-Ryan Rodibaugh; Crossroads Bank; AgroChem; Main View; Friermood Tire; Friermood Tire-North Manchester; State Rep. Bill Ruppel; Scott's Landscaping Services; Brett Slack and Slack Farms; Jeff and Beth Shambarger; Rick and Nan Michel; Lyons Truck & Tractor Sales-J.P. Pitts; Shepherd Family; Anonymous; BIT Computers/Radio Shack; Gilbert, Naragon & Terrill; Michel Farms; Haupert Brothers Trucking; Wabash County Truck Wash; Mike Mussey family; Eco Water; Butterbaugh Oil; Midwest Eye Consultants-Nate Trump; Viking ER Properties, LLC; Andon Boocher/Adam Bede Show Pigs; Country Clippers; The News-Journal; The Paper of Wabash County; Jeff and Gwen Mize; Lake City Bank; Key's Gift & Photo; Ag Plus; Troy Eads Excavating; McKee Mortuary; First Merchant's Bank; Lazy E Farms; Eads & Son Bulldozing; First Financial Bank.
• Friends of Noelle Patrick (reserve champion barrow)—Shepherd's Chevrolet-Cadillac; Main View; Ag Plus; McKee Mortuary; Butterbaugh Oil Co.; Pioneer Hybrids-Mike and Jay Reed; Fahs Brown Plumbing; Dr. William Hankee; Country Clipper; Beacon Credit Union; Crossroads Bank; Slater's Fruit Market; Manchester Rental; ADM-Alliance Nutrition-Bryan Rodibaugh; Cutting Edge Show Pigs; Underwood Angus Farms.
• Friends of Taylor Chamberlain (reserve champion market lamb)—TEK Club Lambs; Southworth Ford; The Paper of Wabash County; True Value; Draper Construction; Tom and Teresa Ehret; Poole Foods; Howard and Gail Kern; X-treme Auto; Doug Lehman, attorney; Brian Beeks Construction; Jeff Warnock family; Warnock Show Cattle; Friermood Tire-Wabash; Friermood Tire-North Manchester; Triple A Glass; Crazy Horse Outfitters; Cornerstone Veterinary; Crossroads Bank; Max Pitts Yamaha; Wabash Portable Equipment; Poole Meat Market; Judge Bob McCallen; M&B Body Shop; Farm Bureau Insurance-Ron Baer; Rick and Robin Unger; Rick Fisher, attorney; Beacon Credit Union; GMS Graphics; Eads Bulldozing; Andrew Glasscock; Travis and Tanner Chamberlain; H&K Wrecker; Troxel Equipment; Brainard Excavating; Brad and Kim Tennant; Monte and Christine Chamberlain; Grandma and Grandpa Chamberlain; First Merchant's Bank; A&A Cleaning; Midwest Eye Consultants; RHT Building Services; Peebles Realty.
• Friends of Jackie McConnell (champion dairy goat milk)—First Merchants Bank-North Manchester, Meyer GMC, North Central Co-op, Farm Bureau Insurance-John Eltzroth; Swihart Farms-Findlay, Ohio; R.J. Brown Trucking; Dorais Chevrolet.
• Friends of Horse and Pony Club (park bench)—McKillip Seed; Double A Fence; Brodbeck Seed; First Financial Bank; Mike Carrother; Wells-Fargo Bank; Wendt and Sons; Key's Gifts and Photos; Fraternal Order of Police; D&J Radabaugh; Gaunt & Sons Asphalt; Dennis Minnix, farrier; Manchester Farm Center; Shepherd's Chevrolet-Cadillac; Triple L Trucking; Paul's Floor Coverings; Tri-W Plumbing & Heating; Mann's Heating & Cooling; Dickerhoff Electric; Talpine Farm; Zahm Trailer Sales; Mark Metzger, auctioneer; Carr Show Horses; The Paper; Wells Chiropractic; Michelle Moore, equine dentist; Midwest Eye Consultants-North Manchester; Kent Mullinix Horseshoeing; Hinen Printing; Tailwind Farm & Feed; Brett Young Horseshoeing; Gilbert, Narragon & Terrill; Schwartz Harness Shop; Off-Duty Ranch; M&R Construction; Dr. Dan Croner DDS; Crazy Horse Arena; Crazy Horse Outfitters; Horseshoe Hill Leather; Troxel Equipment; Countryside Veterinary; North Central Co-op; Anderson Horse Farm; Brian Haupert, commissioner; Ag Plus; McKee-Delaughter Funeral Home; Bill and Mary Earle.