Coshocton County Fair wraps up with sale of champions

| October 5, 2012

COSHOCTON – Janel Mullett was a little sad after watching her son Jordon’s market lamb be sold Oct. 4, at the Coshocton County Junior Fair Auction Sale of Champions.

“This has been his life,” she said. “He’s been in the barn ever since he was three days old.”

Jordon ended his junior fair career with his lamb winning grand champion and being bought at the auction for $1,450 by Dr. Randy Kreuter.

“It’s great to go out with a bang in my last year,” Jordon said. “I’ve enjoyed working with the animals and spending time with my family.”

Jordon isn’t planning on leaving animals completely behind him. He is currently a sophomore at Colorado State where he is majoring in animal science.

“Words can’t explain how proud I am of him,” Janel said.

While Jordon was ending his fair run, Macey Mizer was just getting started.

In her first year showing, her market lamb won reserve grand champion.

“It’s exciting, but it was kind of hard to sell it,” Mizer said.

She and her family were so happy that they weren’t sure of the exact price that the lamb went for. They believe Coshocton Hospital and Owens & Manning bought it for between $1,200 and $1,300.

“I’m going to put it in the bank for school,” Mizer said.

Another group of business also joined forces to purchase Isaac Egbert’s market duck, which won grand champion.

“We’ve done it in other years,” said Beccy Porteus from Century National Bank. “It’s a good way to support the kids and most of them use it for college savings.”

Century National Bank split the $700 price of the duck with Baker’s IGA.

“It (the auction) is exciting to watch,” said Brett Bantum from Baker’s. “There are some good bidding wars that get going.”

Bantum also knows that the money paid for the animals often goes to a good cause.

“A lot of these kids couldn’t afford college without it,” he said.

This is the first time Egbert has won grand champion.

“I’m pretty happy,” he said. “I think it helped me this year that I got to go check on my duck a lot more since I’m homeschooled.”

Egbert also was very appreciative of Century National Bank and Baker’s.

“I really want to thank them for going together and buying my duck,” he said. “I plan on putting the money in the bank.”

Brette Garber also was getting a good chunk of money to put in the bank.

Her dairy feeder reserve grand champion was bought for $2,300 by Kuester Implement.

“I’m really happy,” she said. “I think it helped that I had a very well behaved calf this year.”

Allie McCoy was filled with excitement after auctioning off her grand champion market barrow.

“I feel really good,” she said. “This is the first time I’ve won grand champion. I think it kind of helped that one of my pigs died over the summer and I only had one to work with.”

McCoy’s market barrow was purchased for $2,200 by Mike Lones from Lones Stone & Landscape Supply.

“I’ve always done hogs,” she said. “When we go pick them out my dad focuses on how they walk and I always want to pick the cutest one. They are just so much fun to work with.”

To see video from the auction click here: http://www.coshoctonbeacontoday.com/junior-fair-auction-sale-of-champions/

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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