SIDNEY — The Kent Small Animal Arena was buzzing on Saturday, July 28, as bids were made for rabbits, hogs, and gallon milk during the second livestock sale of the 2018 Shelby County Fair.
The animal to sell for the most Saturday was the reserve champion gilt hog. It was sold by Kathryn Egbert, of Botkins, daughter of Jim and Elaine Egbert, a member of Botkins Livestock, to 33 buyers for $11,650. The buyers were Alan Davis Insurance, Bambauer Fertilizer and Seed/Jackon, Barker Ins. Agency and Show Cattle, Bornhorst Printing, Buckeye Ford/Lincoln Mercury, Dan and Beth Butcher, Chris King Trucking LLC, Donald A. Sommer Inc., Emerson Wagner Realty Inc., Fultz Flooring, Harrod Nagel Electric, Homan, Fred, Billie, and Family, L&O Tire Service, Lacal Equipment, Lakeside Propane LLC, P&T LLC, Provico Farm & Show Supply, Schafer Oil Company, Schmerge Show Pigs, Snavely, Trent, Sorensen Insurance Agency, Stein Services, TMP Trucking, US Bank, Wells Brother Inc., Tim and Raci Zimpfer, JD Wildermuth Trucking, Shipshewana Auction, Kelly Livestock Trucking, Jason Long Trucking, Hartzel Trucking, Hughston Trucking and Monnier Company.
The grand champion gilt hog was sold by Madison Snider, 10, daughter of Luke and Jennifer Snider, of Fort Loramie, member of Fort Loramie Livestock, to 27 buyers for $3,500.
“I was really shocked,” Madison said about having a grand champion hog.
“She was also the grand showmanship winner,” said Madison’s mother, Jennifer Snider. “She also won the above and beyond award, and she was a Skill-a-thon junior top member.”
“(I was) super excited,” Jennifer said. “We have four girls and they work as a team and are happy for each other. It’s a lot of fun.”
The buyers of Madison’s hog were B&B Ag-Vantages Inc., Bobcat of Lima, Bornhorst Printing, Tony Bornhorst, Buckeye Ford/Lincoln Mercury, Carity Farms, Clerk of Courts-Michele Mumford, Custom Foam Products, Inc., Don Gostomsky Trucking, Fertilizer Dealers Supply, Inc., First Choice Excavation and Demolition, LLC, Heins Show Pigs, Hemmelgarn Services, Inc., Leugers Insurance Agency, Lotz Insurance Agency, Minster Bank, NAPA First Call Auto Parts, Provico Farm and Show Supply, County Commissioner Robert Guillozet, Roger Schulze Trucking LLC, Schafer Oil Company, Sidney Body Carstar, Silveus Insurance, Snider Farms, Sunrise Cooperative, Inc., Wagner’s IGA Market and Advanced Agrilytics.
Megan Argabright, 16, daughter of Darren and Jennifer Argabright, of Jackson Center, a member of FFA, former member of Progressive Livestock, sold her grand champion barrow hog for $2,775 to 17 buyers.
“(I was) excited,” Megan said of having a grand champion hog. “I cried.”
“I’ve won grand once before and I’ve won reserve twice.”
“She’s now won all four spots,” Megan’s mother, Jennifer Argabright said. “She won grand barrow, reserve barrow, grand gilt and reserve gilt. I don’t know if anyone else has done that.”
The buyers this year were A G Boogher & Son Inc., Argabright Family Farms, Bambauer Fertilizer & Seed/Jackson, Kent and Shelby Buehler, Curly’s Custom Meats, Design-N-Wood, Jim, Elaine Egbert and family, First National Bank of New Bremen, Lotz Insurance Agency, Lotz Service, PHC Enterprises, Plastipak Packaging Inc., Rising Sun Express, Inc., Sidney Body Carstar, Ted, Molly Zimpfer and family, Mark and Jessica Heitman and JD Wildermuth Trucking.
The reserve champion hog was sold by Jacob Fogt, son of Jason and Laura Fogt, of Anna, member of Anna FFA, for $1,800 to two buyers, Buckeye Online Equipment Auctions Inc. and Lentz Auction & Appraisal Service LLC.
The grand champion meat pen rabbits were sold by Katelynn Garber, 17, daughter of Eric and Michelle Garber, of Sidney, a member and secretary of Starting Farmers, for $1,400 to one buyer, Detailed Machining Inc.
Katelynn also sold the reserve champion single fryer rabbit for $350 to nine buyers. The buyers were Barker Insurance Agency & Show Cattle, Tim and Jill Burden, Commissioner Julie Ehemann, E&P Rabbitry, Langston Pallet, Mike York Electric Heating and Air, NAPA First Call Auto Parts, County Commissioner Robert Guillozet and Jerry Schmidt.
Chelsea McEldowney, daughter of Lisa and Dale McEldowney, of Anna, a member of McCartyville Producers, sold her reserve champion meat pen rabbits for $500 to 10 buyers. The buyers were Judge Jeff Beigel, Shelby County Auditor Amy Berning, Shelby County Commissioner Tony Bornhorst, Clerk of Courts Michele Mumford, Shelby County Treasurer John Coffield, Commissioner Julie Ehemann, Matt Huffman for Senate, County Commissioner Robert Guillozet, Shelby County Republican Party/Aaron Heilers and Susan Manchester for State Representative.
Jordyn Koverman, 15, daughter of Michelle and Steve Koverman, of Sidney, a member of Fort Loramie Livestock, sold her grand champion single fryer rabbit for $350 to eight buyers. The buyers were Shelby County Auditor Amy Berning, Shelby County Commissioner Tony Bornhorst, Clerk of Courts Michele Mumford, Custom Foam Products Inc., Dan Hemm Automall, E&P Rabbitry, Schafer Oil Company, and Gaiers Chrysler Dodge Jeep.
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