8/17/2013 7:00 AM
By Jessica Rose Spangler Reporter
LAURELTON, Pa. — Although there were more than 50 youth competing in the various livestock competitions at the 88th Union County West End Fair, it was 16-year-old Hannah Imgrund of Lewisburg, Pa., who captured the center spotlight.
Out of the 19 animals she took to the fair — one beef steer, one dairy beef, six breeding beef, two market goats, two market lambs, five breeding sheep and two market hogs — she captured five of the 12 grand champion or reserve champion market livestock awards.
During the junior livestock sale Aug. 9, Imgrund’s animals contributed to the overall gross total of more than $88,000, gathered by auctioneer Bryan Imes of Port Royal, Pa.
Imgrund’s first animal through the sale ring was her grand champion market steer, which sold for $5.50 a pound to Country Cupboard Restaurant. Weighing in at 1,245 pounds, the grand total came to $6,847.50, all of which Imgrund donated back to the fair building fund.
The fund was started more than a year ago with the intent of building a new, larger show and sale ring. Shortly after last year’s sale concluded, volunteers tore down the old arena and erected the one that stands today, almost twice as wide and tall as the former.
Imgrund’s second animal through the ring was her grand champion dairy beef feeder steer, selling to Boop Grain Farms for $2 per pound, or $1,470.
Next up was her reserve grand champion market lamb. At $7 a pound, Carriage Corner Restaurant and Idding’s Quarry purchased the animal for $966.
Capturing both grand and reserve champion market goat awards, Imgrund sold both animals for $11 per pound. The grand champion went to Mifflinburg Bank and Trust for $1,012 and the reserve to AA Shaffer and Sons Insurance for $957.
“This is the first year I’ve shown goats here,” Imgrund said, adding that she was very surprised at how well her animals competed.
Among the other winners, the grand champion rabbit meat pen, owned by Evan Smith, sold for $35 per pound, or $457.10, to West Milton State Bank.
The reserve grand champion rabbit meat pen, owned by Rebecca Stup, sold for $21 a pound, or $220.50, to White Springs Cremation.
The reserve grand champion market steer, owned by Shawna Franck, sold for $3 per pound, or $3,885, to Carriage Corner Restaurant and Idding’s Quarry.
The reserve grand champion dairy beef feeder steer, owned by Shawna Franck, sold for $1.50 a pound, or $982.50, to Hoss’s Steak and Sea House.
The grand champion market swine, owned by Mollie Bomgardner, sold for $5 per pound, or $1,410, to Gross’s French Fries.
The reserve grand champion market swine, owned by Shawna Franck, sold for $3 a pound, or $828, to Reamstown Mutual Insurance.
The grand champion market lamb, owned by Brittani Hook, sold for $10 per pound, or $1,340, to West Milton State Bank.
At night’s end, the steers averaged $1.76 per pound, which is a sale record according to Charles Kessler, agriculture teacher at Mifflinburg High School.
Another highlight of the evening was the naming of Outstanding Fair Ambassador. For the second year in a row, Barron “Boots” Hetherington, special agricultural adviser to Gov. Tom Corbett, was on hand to name the winner, Eugene E. Hassinger.
Hassinger isn’t sure of the exact date he started volunteering at the fair, but knows it was at least 35 years ago. During the presentation, Hetherington said that Hassinger started by hauling away manure. He and his brothers also poured most of the concrete that is still in use at the fair.
Hetherington, and state Rep. Fred Keller, R-Snyder and Union counties, also presented a check to Dennis Boop, fair president. The check for $15,653.77 represents the amount of state funds that were awarded to West End Fair through the state budget.