New Castle News

August 21, 2013

Lawrence County Fair: Youths show, sell grand champion animals

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — The most glorious time for 4-H youths at the fair is when their animals receive a grand champion banner.

That means a lot of hard work, time and effort that went into a year of preparation has paid off, because that animal is the top one of its kind at the Lawrence County Fair.

The grand champions brought high financial yields to youths who showed the top market animals. Those were sold at the fair’s annual Junior Livestock Auction on Saturday. The funds go back into paying sale-related expenses, and the youths keep the rest. Many of them invest it back into another animal, while others put the money into a college fund.

“Many people in the community do not realize the effort and energy that goes into this project,” commented Alec Covelli, 17, who showed the grand champion steer this year.

“I would like to express my appreciation to the many people who guided me through this experience. Their encouragement and support made this accomplishment possible. I am looking forward to next year,” he said.

Shelby Engleka, who showed goats for the first time this year, said, “I was shocked when I got first in showmanship and won grand champion.”

The 14-year-old New Galilee resident said she didn’t know anything about goats when she started the year.

“I can’t wait ’til next year,” she said.

The grand champion market animal winners and information about the sale of their animals is as follows:

Grand champion steer

Shown by Alec Covelli, 17, of Patterson Road. His parents are John Covelli and Lisa Jones, and his stepfather is David Jones.

Covelli is a junior at Laurel High School. He is a one-year member of Laurel’s Future Farmers of America and has been in 4-H for seven years.

Covelli showed a Maine cross steer named Dallas, which was one year and five months old. The 1,414 pound animal sold for $3.50 per pound to Crane Room Grille owner Jeff Measel.

Grand champion hog

Shown by Ryan Martin, 21, of 402 Martin Lane, Volant. He is a son of Blaine and Lori Martin and is a senior at Penn State University, where he is majoring in agribusiness management.

Martin has been a member of the Wilmington Area School District’s FFA for nine years, and this was his last year for showing.

His grand champion winner was a black crossbred gilt hog that was born and raised on his home farm. At the time of the sale it weighed 274 pounds and was bought by Richard Martin of Volant and Witmer’s Feed & Grain of Columbiana, Ohio, at a price of $5.50 per pound.

Grand champion goat

Shown by 14-year-old Shelby Engleka, 14, of New Galilee. Engleka is a daughter of Sean and Cathy Engleka. She is a freshmen attending Mohawk High School.

Engleka is a member of the 4-H Neat Kids Goat Club and has been in 4-H for seven years for horse and for one year for goats.

Her grand champion, named Stella, was an 8-month-old Boer. The animal weighed 87 pounds and was sold at the livestock auction for $12 per pound to Apple Grove Veterinary Clinic.

Grand champion meat pen of rabbits

Shown by Brooke Lechner, 15, of Wampum. She is a daughter of Bryan and Tina Lechner.

Brooke is a sophomore at Shenango High School and has been a member of the 4-H Blue Ribbon Rabbit Club for three years.

Her meat pen of New Zealand white junior bucks, weighing a total of 15.63 pounds, sold for $27.50 per pound to James D. Bish and ESB Bank of Ellwood City.

Grand champion lamb

Shown by Dylan Martin, 20, of Volant. A son of Amy and Todd Martin, he is a junior attending Penn State University and majoring in animal science.

Martin has been in the Wilmington Area FFA for eight years.

His winning lamb, a Hampshire cross, weighed 140 pounds at the time of the auction and was purchased for $9 per pound by Brian L. Taylor of New Wilmington.

(Email: dwachter@ncnewsonline.com)