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812-Lancaster Farming, Saturday, September 5, 1998
John Messlck of Middletown took home $1,300 for his reserve champion steer pur
chased by Hoss’s Steak and Sea House represented by Rob Billet, his children
Shawndy and Jordan, and a friend Shawn. Fair Queen Sarah Wolgemuth holds the
LOU ANN GOOD
Lancaster Farming Staff
ter Co.) The usual emotions of
tears, joy, disappointment, worry,
and fear fluctuated during the
annual livestock sale held at the
Elizabethtown Fair last Thursday
After months of preparing then
show animals and appeals to buy
ers to purchase their show animals,
exhibitors nervously awaited the
thud of the gravel and the auction
eer’s singsong of the final bid.
This year in particular, sellers
were wary of potential bids. The
market did not look good with the
promised paybacks of only 32
cents for hogs, 57 cents for steers,
and 75 cents for goats.
“But it really pays off for kids
who do their homework,” said Deb
Hess, fair director.
“Homework” means that kids
must write letters and contact busi
ness people and other potential
buyers to come to the livestock
auction and bid on the animals.
Hesses own children influenced
buyers from as far away as New
Jersey to attend the E-town sale.
“Kids must realize that they
need more than one buyer,” Hess
said of the importance of the
Generally the champion animals
gamer the top bids, but not always.
Sometimes if more than one bidder
takes an interest in an exhibitor or
in generating interest for the fair,
the prices rise dramatically.
This year in a frenzy of bidding
excitement, Brian Geib’s goat sold
for more than the champion and
reserve champion steers, an unusu
Dorothy Heistand paid $2,100
for the goat then donated it back to
the auction to be resold with the
profits going towards disaster
“1 bought it in memory of my
husband," Heistand said of her hef
ty bid. “My husband Walter always
took an interest in Brian’s dad (Earl
Geib) and bid on his projects. I’m
just carrying on the tradition."
According to reports, Conestoga
Auction was the competing bidder.
For whatever reason, the $2,100
bid helped ease the pain Brian felt
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Homework Pays Off
This goat shown by Brian Geib of Manhelm must be one
of the costliest goats ever. Mrs. Walter Helstand paid $2,100
for It then donated it back to the auction where It sold for
another $250 to be given to Church of the Brethren Disaster
Relief. Fair Queen Sarah Wolgemuth holds the commera
Jim Adams of Wenger Feeds pays $7OO for the champion
hog exhibited by Elizabeth Bard of Elizabethtown. Fair
Queen Sarah Wolgemuth holds the commerative plaque.
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