CADIZ - Prices were up from last year for the grand and reserve champion market steers, grand and reserve champion market rabbits and grand champion market ducks at the Harrison County Junior Fair held Friday.
Stephanie Birney, a Hopedale Town and Country 4-H, raised the grand champion market steer in 2013 and last year as well. Paris and Washington Insurance was the buyer at $5 per pound. The price paid last year was $3.95 per pound.
Garrit Sproull, a member of the Freeport Friends 4-H Club and Harrison Central FFA, raised the reserve champion market steer, He had the champion heavy weight steer, senior steer showmanship and market steer show of showman, along with having two market hogs and a dairy project. This is his last year in 4-H after 11 years. He is a sophomore at Ohio State University.
GRAND CHAMPION MARKET STEER — Stephanie Birney, a Hopedale Town and Country 4-H member, raised the 1,252-pound grand champion market steer purchased for $5 per pound by Paris and Washington Insurance Co. She also raised the grand champion steer in 2012 that sold for $3.95 per pound. On hand at the Harrison County fair were, from left, Holly Eberhart, junior fair princess; Emily Shuss, junior fair queen; Corey Chrisman, junior fair king; Kelly Palmer, buyer; and Birney. -Esther McCoy
Justice Dunlap raised the pen of three grand champion market rabbits that brought $800, with T.J.'s Gas and Go in Freeport as the buyer. The price last year was $600.
Bailey Eberhart, a member of the New Rumley 4-H and Harrison FFA, had the reserve champion rabbits, selling for $650 to South Central Power. The 2012 high bid was $450.
The grand champion market hog stayed in the Jon and Tina Jones family, as Zackery Jones raised the most prized pig this year. His brother, Cael, had the grand champion hog last year. They are members of the Tri-County Showstoppers 4-H Club. Zackery's 246-pound hog sold for $5 per pound to D&J Sales and Service. The bid was $6.50 in 2012.
Chelsie Brown, a Silver Spurs 4-H member, raised the reserve champion market hog. D&J Sales and Service paid $4.75 per pound.
In 2012, Bill Host, auctioneer, announced that the $1,000 mark had been broken in the bidding for the market dairy baskets sold by 4-H members taking dairy projects and having no livestock animal to sell.
James Thompson, a Germano Community 4-H member, received $1,100 from Thompson Farms, the buyer. Other projects were from Alexia Dowdle, $1,000, Alisha Dowdle, buyer; Melinda Stewart, $700, Kovarik Excavating-Jewett; Clayton Stewart, $700, Sunnydale Farms, Jewett; Tanner Bardall, $700, Ormes Hardware; Ethan Bardall, $700, Mary Barnes; Karissa Bardall, $650, T&J's Gas and Go; Alleigh Amaismeir, $625, D&J Sales and Service; Addie Caldwell, $600, Lamont McCoy; Drew Dawson, $600. Hamilton Insurance; Leah Amaismeir, $575, Sunnydale Farm; Allison Dawson, $550, Blackie's Garage; Roni Caldwell, $550, Caldwell Farms; Garrit Sproull, $700, Sunnydale Farms; James Forrester, $500, D&D Farms; Abby Dowdle, $500; Riley Bardall, $500, Myron Dawson and Sons; Scott Forrester, $400, Rose Merriman; Jalyn Jones, $400, D&J Sales and Service; Emi Jones, $400, D&J Sales; David Forrester, $400, D&A Farms; Shaunee Cyrus, $400, T&J Gas and Go; Koty Cyrus, $400, Eberhart Service Center; Megan Barcroft, $400, Saltsman; Hannah Armstrong, $400, Rose Merriman; Tiffany Horn, $375, Birney Farm, Hopedale; and Taylor Horn, $350, Keith Wallace.
Caleb Mutton, a Country Cousins member, had the 37-pound grand champion market turkey, purchased by D&J Sales and Service at $875. The price was $850 in 2012. Kealy Ghezzi, a Freeport Friends 4-H Club member, had the reserve champion 34-pound market turkey that sold for $650 to Jack and Dick McCoy of Ormes Hardware, the same buyers in 2012 at $625.
The pen of three market broilers grand champion was Chelsea Toland, a Tri-County Showstoppers and Harrison Central FFA member, with Chesapeake Energy as the buyer at $750. Kaci Carter, a Tri-County Showstoppers and Harrison Central FFA member, had the reserve champions, with Brad Markwood as the buyer at $650.
M.J. Marchetta, a Liberty Trails member, had the pen of two grand champion market ducks that sold for $1,000 to MarkWest. The price in 2012 was $400. His brother, Austin Marchetta,also a Liberty Trails member, had the reserve champion ducks, purchased by Chesapeake Energy at $450.
Marcus Henderson, a Liberty Trails member, raised the reserve champion feeder calf heifer, with Windy Ridge as the buyer at $3 per pound. He had senior feeder calf showmanship and feeder calf show of showman winners also.
Allison Dawson, a Germano Community 4-H member, had the grand champion diary beef feeder calf selling for $2 per pound to Paris and Washington Insurance. Brett Knight had the reserve champion dairy beef feeder, with Justin Realty and Auctioneers the buyer at $2.10 per pound.