One new record was set with the sale of the champion market barrow and 30 buyers came together to donate thousands toward a scholarship during Friday’s market lamb and hog shows.
Slade Oen’s grand champion market barrow sold for $13,000 during Friday’s Auglaize County Junior Fair Livestock Sale, besting the previous record set in 2011 by $2,500. RaNae Bornhorst sold the grand champion barrow last year.
A list of 30 buyers came together to purchase Oen’s hog.
Meanwhile, Diana Heitkamp brought in $4,000 for her reserve champion market barrow.
Allison Harrod’s grand champion market gilt earned her $4,800 and Nicole Brown’s reserve champion market gilt brought in $4,700.
The grand champion market lamb showed by Austien Snapp raised $3,200 and the reserve champion market lamb earned Lauren Albers $2,200.
But other lambs in the show also brought in several thousand dollars each, including Taylor Schultz, whose lamb earned him $5,000; Audra Schaub, whose lamb brought in $4,500; Ali Muir’s lamb who earned $3,000; and the last lamb of the show, but certainly not the least, shown by Lauren Schaub, which brought in the highest bid of $7,700.
Money raised by the 30 buyers bidding on Lauren’s sheep is to be donated to a scholarship fund in memory of her aunt, who also had raised sheep and was killed in a car crash before she was able to show them in the ring at the Auglaize County Fair 20 years ago.
Lauren’s father, Todd Schaub, said the funds are expected to allow the family to add another scholarship in the name of Niki Schaub, whom his daughter was named after.
Donations the past two years have allowed the family to now give four larger scholarships to county 4-H and FFA students.
“We’re really fortunate,” Schaub said. “We’ve participated in a lot of people’s projects and this is their way of sharing back. It’s flattering, you can tell how much they appreciated it by how much they are giving back.”
The family’s business, S & S Volvo and GMC Truck, remained one of the top youth supporters Friday during the livestock sale.
“It just feels good,” Schaub said of giving to support area youth.
Diane Gilberg, who grew up showing livestock at the Auglaize County Fair, said she and her husband, James, try to give back to the program by supporting the people who do business with them.
“4-H and FFA are organizations to be proud of,” Diane Gilberg said. “They teach our kids good life skills.”
She said each year they try to come out and bid on local youth’s animals. Some of the showmen will contact them ahead of time, but James Gilberg tries to find those that don’t and make bids on their projects as well.
“We want to try and help out,” the Gilbergs said in unison.
“It’s all about supporting the community,” James Gilberg said.
Youth such as the showmen with the top lambs in the county say the buyers support definitely doesn’t go unnoticed or unappreciated.
Lauren Albers, 17, of New Knoxville, puts money she earns from her projects each year toward college, specifically a career as an oObstetrician nurse.
For two years now she has captured reserve champion honors with her lambs, but Lauren said she’s still proud of her accomplishments.
“It shows people how well you did and makes you stand out,” Lauren said.
She said she goes by weight ranges and profiles when picking out her lambs for the fair.
Austien Snapp, 17, of Anna, earned the title of grand champion with his lamb this year after capturing reserve champion before. What made it all that much sweeter was that the lamb he won with this year was born and raised by his family. He tried to pick out the best one they had to show at the fair this year.
Austien uses the money he earns from the sale of his lambs at the fair to purchase more in subsequent years.
“It’s good to have everybody here supporting us,” Austien said. “It makes the hard work we put into it pay off in the end and makes it a lot more fun.”
Samantha Leach, 13, of St. Marys, is in her second year of showing hogs at the Auglaize County Fair. Before that, she showed sheep, but she has decided that hogs are easier to work with because they only have to be walked around the show ring.
Before Friday’s sale, she washed them, cleaned out their pens, shaved them and right before they went into the ring, brushed them off.
“I don’t like that my hogs are going to die,” Samantha said of the worst part of the livestock sale. “It’s hard, some years you really get attached.”
But helping make up for the loss is being able to save money she earns from the sales and putting it in the bank.
Ten-year-old Ally Ott, of Wapakoneta, also is saving the money she earns from selling her hogs for college as she plans to pursue a career as a construction engineer, but it hasn’t lessened the tears too much for her.
“I cried a little last year,” Ally said, adding that she tries to go have fun and forget about it.
The second-year 4-Her started taking hogs because she “loved” them, she said.
“You can pet them and you can sit with them,” said Ally, who treats her hogs with marshmallows and gum drops every time they do good in a show, including their last one Friday.