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Businesses support area youth at auction

| October 3, 2014
Community support: Jeff Drennen Dealerships got the buying started at the Junior Fair Auction Sale of Champions at the Coshocton County Fair. For more photos, visit www.coshoctonbeacontoday.com. Beacon photo by Mark Fortune

Community support: Jeff Drennen Dealerships got the buying started at the Junior Fair Auction Sale of Champions at the Coshocton County Fair. For more photos, visit www.coshoctonbeacontoday.com. Beacon photo by Mark Fortune

COSHOCTON COUNTY FAIR – Eslich Wrecking Company may only be in Coshocton for a little while, but they still wanted to help out the community at the Junior Fair Auction Sale of Champions.

“We are tearing down the grain company so they can start rebuilding,” said Richard Eslich, whose business is located in Louisville. “This is our way of paying back and helping children.”

The business bought the reserve grand champion market steer at the auction, which was held Oct. 2 in Hunter Arena at the Coshocton County Fairgrounds.

“We buy at a lot of different fairs,” Eslich said. “We are going to have this one butchered and pass the meat out to our employees.”

Dewey Thompson also was going to share meat from the grand champion market turkey that he purchased.

“It’s going to help FHFH, which is Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry,” he said.

Thompson is involved with this outreach ministry that helps feed the hungry, but he also was at the auction representing his business, H. Dewey Thompson Financial Service.

“I have a lot of clients who work in agriculture, but I don’t just bid on the projects of clients’ kids,” he said. “I’ve bought all kinds of projects. If kids are having a hard time, I’ll also try to bid and help them drive up the prices.”

Thompson has been coming to the auction for 20 years and many of the other bidders also are long time participants.

Jeff Drennen, who got the auction started with his purchase of the champion hog, has taken part in the event for 12 years.

“It’s all about the kids,” he said. “They work so hard and this money goes a long way for them.”

Drennen was at the auction representing his Jeff Drennen Dealerships.

“As a local business owner, it’s all about giving back,” he said. “The community supports us and we support it.”

Drennen planned to help out as many kids as he could and so did Peoples Bank, which was represented by Phil Hunt.

He purchased the reserve grand champion market hog and was hoping to also be able to purchase a few smaller animals.

“This is what the fair is all about – community support and helping kids,” he said. “A lot of these kids use the money for part of their college education and we like being able to be a part of that.”

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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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