Their hard work then pays off during the Mason County Fair’s annual Junior Livestock Sale. With support from local businesses, youth are awarded for their animal project efforts through the sale.
Friday’s Junior Livestock Sale certainly was quite a success as several area businesses and individuals came out to support the local participants. For the hogs, Tre’ Pyles’ Grand Market Hog sold for $13 per pound to Triple P Showings, Thomas Do-It Center and Floral Fashions. AEP River Transportation also purchased Brya’ Hughes Reserve Market Hog for $4 a pound. AEP then donated the hog to the Point Pleasant River Museum.
For feeder calves, Blake Leport’s Grand Champion was purchased for $3.85 a pound by McCormick Custom Meats. The Reserve Feeder Calf, project of Adam Wilson, sold for $5.75 per pound to Prim Law Firm. In the steer portion of the sale, Rebekah Dunham’s Grant Market Steer was purchased by Mid-Atlantic Construction for $4.60 per pound. Colton Arrington’s Reserve Market Steer sold for $3 a pound to Pleasant Valley Hospital and Ohio Valley Bank.
For the lambs, Robbie Fisher and partner Bethany Fetty’s Grand Special Lamb was purchased by AEP River Transportation for $15 a pound. The Reserve Special Lamb, project of Jazmin Williams and partner Raelynn Grimm, sold for $13 a pound to Gary Peck, candidate for County Commissioner. Katherine Deem’s Grand Market Lamb also was purchased by AEP River Transportation for $11 per pound. In addition, Pleasant Valley Hospital bought Kaitlyn Dunn’s Reserve Market Lamb for $8 a pound.
The goat winners also did well in this year’s sale as Kate Henderson’s Grant Market Goat was purchased for $17 a pound by the Point Pleasant Second Street Exxon and City Ice & Fuel. The Reserve Market Goat, project of Anna Birchfield, sold for $7 per pound to Margaret Yoder.
Prior to the sale, the following awards also were presented: Top 4-H Exhibitor, first place, Faith Cook, and second place, Lauren Lanier; 4-H Harold Ridenour Memorial Award, Austin Juelfs; 4-H Donnie Hill Memorial Award, Lauren Lanier; Jr. Sonny Fry Memorial Award, Christopher Thomas; Sr. Sonny Fry Memorial Award, Autumn Ross; Bill McDermitt Memorial Award, Morgan Mullins; and John McCausland Memorial Award, Jason Bechtle.
The Ohio Valley Bank Born & Raised in Mason County Awards also were presented. Winners were: Steer, $1,000, Madison Crank, OVB; Hog, $500, James Byus, Eastman's Foodland; Goat, $500, Anna Birchfield, Bob's Market & Greenhouse; Feeder Calf, $500, Blake Leport, Williamson Pallets; and
Lamb, $500, Kelsey Roach, City Ice & Fuel.
The Peoples Bank Fair Scholarships also were awarded to Claire Cottrill, first place, $1,500; Amanda Hannon, second place, $1,000; and Rebekah Dunham, third place, $500.
Other awards presented included the following: Terry Lynn Williamson Memorial Award, Kayla Thomas; Robert Lutton Award, girl, Izabella King, and boy, Trevor Hunt; Joey Arrington Award, Adrianne McCoy; Clean Stall, horse, Rebecca Chapman; Clean Stall, goat, Anna Birchfield; and Supreme Dairy Champion, Claire Cottrill.
It also was announced that Alfred Fauver, Jr. won the most blue ribbons in the Farm Crop division at this year's fair. Some of his entries included blackberries, potatoes, yellow raspberries and hay.