Celebrating the 85th year of the Beaver Community Fair, 109 buyers spent more than $113,000 to buy animals and miscellaneous items during the Sept. 19 Youth Livestock Sale.
Middleburg Area Market and Auction LLC purchased the grand champion swine from Elizabeth Lauver, Selinsgrove, for $675. The reserve champion, raised and shown by Alexis Carlin, McClure, was purchased by Country View Farms and Farmer Boy Ag for $975. In all, 40 swine were sold at an average price of $485.
The grand champion steer exhibited by Abagail Stroup, Middleburg, was purchased by Hoss’s Steak and Sea House for $2,900. The reserve champion steer, shown by Jenna Sassaman, Selinsgrove, was purchased by Beacon Insurance Agency and Jerry Valentine Plumbing, Heating and AC for $2,100. Steer prices averaged $2,020.
The grand champion dairy beef was purchased from Reagan Hornberger, Mount Pleasant Mills, by Hubner Seed Co. for $1,225. Abagail Stroup sold her reserve champion dairy beef to Beacon Insurance Agency and Jerry Valentine Plumbing, Heating and AC for $925. Prices for dairy beef averaged $827.91 per head.
In all, 10 steers and 43 dairy beef were sold at this year’s sale.
The grand champion market goat, exhibited by Rebecca Lauver of Selinsgrove, was purchased by Aurand’s Mini Storage and Aurand Bros Fabrication and Repair for $600. The reserve grand champion exhibited by Danielle Fetterolf, Beavertown, was purchased by Hallmark Feeds for $525. The average price for the 34 goats sold was $300.74.
Rebecca Lauver, Selinsgrove, sold the grand champion lamb to Lauver & Longacre Auctioneering and Snyder County Produce Auction for $900. Wonder Why Farms and Rippers Ridge Club Lambs purchased the reserve grand champion for $550 from Megan Fetterolf, Beavertown. Prices for the 38 lambs averaged $371.05 per head.
Foxboro Bed and Breakfast purchased the grand champion rabbit meat pen for $325 from Katie Byler of Selinsgrove. The reserve champion meat pen, shown by Andrew Reigle, Middleburg, was purchased by Randall and Courtney Steltzer for $285.
Eastern Poultry purchased the grand champion single fryer from Makenna Hoffman of Mount Pleasant Mills for $425. Nathan Blank sold his reserve grand champion single fryer to Sunbury Animal Hospital for $260.
Rabbit prices averaged $146.51 per animal. A total of 43 meat pen and single fryers were sold.
Proceeds from the milk and cheese box auction are shared by the exhibitor and the fair. The cheese box representing the supreme champion dairy animal, a Holstein exhibited by Sarah Spigelmyer of Mount Pleasant Mills, was sold to Hoff-Acres for $235. Etched milk bottles filled with candy to represent other champion animals averaged $140 a bottle.
Bringing $250 to the Eager Beaver 4-H Dairy Club was a filled cheese basket sold to Middleburg Area Market and Auction LLC and Snook Livestock. The Fair Quilt was purchased by Middleburg Area Market and Auction LLC for $500.
A filled cheese basket was sold to Sam Doak for $250 to support the Beaver Community Fair Queen program.