Area businesses come out to support youth during auction

| October 9, 2015

COSHOCTON – The Sale of Champions is an event that students involved in 4-H strive for every year. Only a select few are chosen to showcase their animal on the auction block during the grand finale of the Coshocton County Fair.

Local auctioneers took the platform in turn to sell reserve grand and grand champions to the highest bidder. Animals auctioned included wether goats, market hogs, turkeys, market lambs, market beef, market ducks, rabbit fryers, feeder calves, market chickens, supreme goat product, supreme llama, and supreme dairy.

“I’m kind of sad that he’s leaving, but that’s what they’re made for,” said Hunter Cannon about his reserve grand champion wether goat.

Shelby Cannon received grand champion wether goat, which auctioned for $1,300.

“I’m kind of sad, but I’m happy because I got $1,300 for him,” she said.

Austin Berry of A.D. Berry Heating and Cooling purchased the grand champion market hog.

“I just think it’s really important to support 4-H and the youth,” said Berry. “I was once in her place and I always appreciated the buyers that bought my animals.”

Hallie Anderson had the grand champion market hog and donated $250 to the hog barn.

“I really thought it’s something special that I really wanted to do,” she said. “Whether it’s a person’s first year or last year, I wanted to make that happen for them.”

Emily Raber was appreciative toward her buyers for purchasing her grand champion turkey.

“I want to thank them,” she said. “They’ve been here every year to support me, so I really want to thank them.”

Chuck Ellis of Pearl Valley Cheese purchased the reserve grand champion turkey at the Sale of Champions.

“Our children have been involved in 4-H, so we know the benefits of the program and what it does for the community, so we wanted to come out and support the kids,” he said.

Jeff Drennen Dealership came out to support the county’s youth at the auction and purchased the grand champion market steer.

“We have come out since the day we moved here 13 years ago,” said Stacey Drennen. “It’s very important to us.”

Collin McCoy sold his reserve grand champion market steer at the auction. He is also the 2015 Coshocton County Fair King.

“It’s been fun and really busy,” he said about his time as king. “I’ve enjoyed passing out ribbons and going to all the shows and watching what the kids have done this past year.”

Madison Whitt sold her grand champion market duck at the junior fair auction Thursday night and talked about the different process she had to go through this year due to avian flu.

“For the skillathon, everything was the same,” she said. “For processing purposes, we had to take it up last Thursday (before the fair) for it to be processed and judged. I would also like to thank the buyers for buying my duck and my sister’s duck from last year.”

Alan Brinker of Three Rivers Energy purchased the reserve grand champion rabbit and the grand champion beef feeder calf.

“It’s very important to continue to be supportive of the community,” said Brinker. “We want to be an integral part of the community. We’re sent here to give and serve.”

Elizabeth Porteus owned the grand champion beef feeder calf that was purchased by Brinker.

“They’re a big part of 4-H,” she said. “Without them, it wouldn’t be possible.”

The reserve grand champion duck was purchased by Janet Mosier, Keith and Dianne McCoy, Camlia Graham, Pike Township Fiscal Officer and candidate for Clerk of Courts, and Susan Turner.

“We were 4-Hers, all of us,” said Dianne, “and we’ve always supported the fair. We want to continue to support the 4-H program.”

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I have been employed at the Coshocton County Beacon since September 2009 as a news reporter and assistant graphic artist. I am a 2004 graduate of Newcomerstown High School and a 2008 graduate of Capital University with a bachelor’s degree in Professional Writing. I am married to John Scott and live in Newcomerstown. We have two beautiful daughters, Amelia Grace Scott and Leanna Rose Scott.

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