Bids rained from the skies during Saturdayâ€™s livestock sale â€” which saw a record paid for a lamb that eventually helped a long-time 4-H scholarship fund â€” at the Auglaize County Fair.
Bidders packed into the show ring as hogs and lambs were displayed for sale in the new hog building. The morning kicked off with a frenzied bidding for the Grand Champion Market Barrow, showed by RaNae Bornhorst. When the final bids were tallied, the hog netted $8,000 for the daughter of Terri and Glenn Bornhorst.
â€śIt feels good but I like winning better,â€ť Bornhorst said after the sale. â€śI think winning is more of an accomplishment.â€ť
During the sale, the auctioneer noted Bornhorstâ€™s barrow had one of the largest hindquarters he had ever seen. Bornhorst, a member of Fryburg Happy Farmers, said she was unsure of how her barrow, Hulk, got so big.
â€śHe just gained a lot of weight faster than most animals,â€ť Bornhorst said.
The hours each day of walks, feedings and cleanings paid off.
Bornhorst, who has shown pigs for years, said she enjoyed spending time with her animals.
â€śIâ€™d spend at least four hours a day,â€ť Bornhorst said.
The 17-year-old has one more year left in 4-H. She noted she is looking forward to showing one more time.
â€śI really enjoy showmanship,â€ť Bornhorst said. â€śThey are big babies â€” I can sit in their pen with them and pet them and they just lay there.â€ť
Ellie Hormanâ€™s Reserve Grand Champion Market Barrow sold for $3,500. Horman, the daughter of Lisa and John Horman, is a member of Fryburg Happy Farmers.
Annie Harrod, of Wapakoneta FFA, sold her Grand Champion Market Gilt for $6,500. Harrod, the daughter of Barb and Jeff Harrod, said she was amazed at the price her gilt fetched during the sale.
â€śItâ€™s unbelievable,â€ť Harrod said. â€śAll the hard work really does pay off.â€ť
Like clockwork, Harrod walked, fed and groomed her gilt every day. Harrod also made sure to clean out the animalâ€™s pen.
The fair is a family affair for Harrod. She brought a pair of animals and her cousins also joined her at the fair.
â€śMy little sisters brought two and my cousins had two of their own,â€ť Harrod said. â€śItâ€™s fun. They are easy and fun to take care of and they kind of become your own little pet.â€ť
Harrodâ€™s father, also an experienced hog raiser, got Annie started in the field.
â€śHeâ€™s been doing it ever since he was in high school,â€ť Harrod said. â€śI always wanted to do it because he always did it and I figured Iâ€™d follow in his footsteps.â€ť
New Knoxville Livestock Boosters member Faith Homan sold her Reserve Grand Champion Market Gilt for $3,300. Homan is the daughter of Beth and Allen Homan.
â€śIâ€™ve never got that much for my pig before, so itâ€™s a surprise,â€ť Homan said. â€śI didnâ€™t think I would get that much.â€ť
Homan, 11, said she was attracted to hogs because the animals are intelligent.
â€śSince pigs are really smart, you donâ€™t have to train them as much as the other animals,â€ť Homan said. â€śIâ€™ve been showing pigs for three years.â€ť
Homan said she planned to put her proceeds in the bank for her college education.
Ali Muir, of Waynesfield All Around Livestock, sold her Grand Champion Market Lamb for $4,500. She is the daughter of Andra and Terry Muir.
Lauren Albers, of New Knoxville Livestock Boosters, sold her Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb for $3,200. She is the daughter of Amy and Dennis Albers.
The market lamb sale was highlighted by an act of generosity and a challenge issued by a long-time supporter of the Auglaize County Junior Fair.
Earl Schaub, who submitted a winning bid of $20,000 for his granddaughter Lauren Schaubâ€™s lamb, issued a challenge to those who failed to outbid him â€” donate your bids to the Niki Schaub 4-H Scholarship Fund. The fund awards a $1,000 scholarship each year in honor of Schaubâ€™s daughter.
â€śWhen our daughter got killed, she didnâ€™t get to sell her lamb so we sold it at the auction 20 years ago and we decided to take that money and start the Niki Schaub 4-H Scholarship Fund,â€ť Schaub said of Niki who was killed in a traffic accident in 1991. â€śAll the money we got back at that time, which were donations from everyone just like today, we put that money in and we had approximately $15,000 at the time.â€ť
In the wake of the recession, Schaub said the endowment decreased, which prompted him to seek a way to replace the lost funds. S&S Volvo and GMC Truck also recently established a scholarship that is presented each year.
â€śWeâ€™ve been striving to find ways to get more money into the fund so we can give out more scholarships,â€ť Schaub said. â€śWe thought of numerous different things and people have donated throughout the years.â€ť
Schaub said he woke up in the middle of the night on Friday with an idea.
â€śTheyâ€™ve been teasing me over the last several days about how much Laurenâ€™s lamb would be,â€ť Schaub said. â€śFrom that standpoint, I told them that they didnâ€™t have enough money to do it. So I said, you guys get your list together and come see us if you can get it bought. They had enough money put together for about $13,000.â€ť
Schaub generously donated $5,000 to the total. Schaub said supporting the fair, and the 4-Hers, is something he cherishes every year.
â€śIâ€™ve been at this fair every year since I was 9-years-old,â€ť Schaub said. â€śMy kids all went through 4-H. Theyâ€™ve all done showmanship. The fair has been great for us and weâ€™ve made so many friends out of this.
â€śWe enjoy it so much. We are here every day the fair goes on,â€ť he said. â€śI think itâ€™s the best thing kids can get into, it gives them a project to do and something to build their future on. It also teaches them a lot of responsibility and common sense.â€ť