9/1/2012 7:00 AM
By Michelle Kunjappu Reporter
ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. — As the last of the sawdust settled in preparation for this year’s Elizabethtown Fair, Sharon Fullerton looked around, saw the amount of work that had been done in one night and knew she had a special group of young livestock exhibitors on her hands.
Fullerton, a fair director and co-chairwoman with Frank Stoltzfus in the animal department, is a mother of three former 4-H’ers who competed in the ring for 14 years, in addition to being a 4-H livestock exhibitor herself, so she knows well the amount of work that goes into readying a fair for the event.
“In one night, we had the whole animal department done. We had 20 to 30 young kids, so we organized them into different groups with adults,” she said. “I was overwhelmed.”
The young volunteers also just kept coming.
“Every day we have tear down and setup for the next shows, and we have a group of kids that just keep showing up,” Fullerton said.
“I think (working at the fair) is good for them because it teaches them responsibility and how to help in our community, that you don’t have to be paid for everything you do in life. I think that’s great for children to learn,” she said.
In the sale arena that Wednesday evening, Aug. 22, the champion market steer, owned by Jared Long, of Elizabethtown, sold for $3,800 to RK Vogt Grain of Marietta, which also purchased the grand champion sheep.
Collin Weaver, Lawn, exhibited the sheep that came to the top of 25 entries and was sold for $950. That animal was also named the supreme champion of all species.
The steer sale average, out of four head shown, was $2,495, and the sheep sale average was $356.
The champion dairy beef, owned by Summer Neideigh of Elizabethtown, rose to the top of 40 entries and was purchased for $1,025 by Zurin Masonry and Roofing of Mount Joy. Dairy beef sale average was $695.
Out of 90 entries Brittany Balmer’s champion market hog was picked as champion and sold for $1,400 to Rockvale Outlets. Swine sale average was $400.
Jordan Fullerton of Elizabethtown and her goat topped 31 head to win the grand champion title. The goat was sold to Susquehanna Bank for $800. Goat sale average was $375.
A pen of three grand champion rabbits, owned by Noah Algoe of Mount Joy, went for $225 to Lamp Oil Farm of Hummelstown. Out of five pens the sale average was $190.