New Castle News

August 19, 2013

Lawrence County Fair: Livestock auction culminates fair events

Kurt Stalma
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — The final stretch of the Lawrence County Fair began early Saturday as guests arrived for the junior livestock auction.

Bidders showed up, eager to receive their numbers for this year’s auction that featured 240 animals — hogs, rabbits, goats, lambs, and steers — raised by members of the Lawrence County’s 4-H and FFA organizations.

Devon Miller was honored as the 2013 outstanding livestock member. Hundreds of buyers and exhibitors families crowded into the show barn and applauded Miller’s accomplishments.

Ryan Martin of Volant kicked off the event with the sale of his grand champion crossbred swine that weighed in at 274 pounds. It sold for $11 a pound.

Martin, 21, said that after nine years in FFA and 5 years in 4-H, this was his final year as a part of the auction.

“I raise my own swine, so getting to see them do well is my favorite part,” Martin said.

Scott Snyder of Volant was taking part in his seventh auction. He sold last year’s grand champion hog.

“It’s just a good time,” he said. “I like coming out here and seeing all the people around and enjoying the fair.”

The bidding continued into early afternoon, as many local businesses took turns calling out bids.

Guests worked up an appetite from a long morning of bidding and were able to enjoy a variety of free food. Families took cookies and donuts for guests to enjoy.

Darlene Galbreath joined 4-H at age 8, and said this has been a part of her life for the past 30 years. Galbreath spent the morning making sandwiches for the auction participants.

“It’s just a thank-you to the buyers,” she said. “They’re spending a lot more here than they would be if they went to New Wilmington and bought them.”