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Fair Queen Sierra Walter holds her goat during the auction that saw her animal sell for $17,000 Friday, July 26, 2013 at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard)

Ring caller Brian Wuthrich of Hahn Auctioneers works the ring during the morning Sheep auction at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair Friday, July 26, 2013. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)

Harrison Township 4-H'er Lindsey Graber of Goshen smiles as she holds her lamb during the morning auction at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair Friday, July 26, 2013. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)

Ten-year-4-H'er Bailey Dahlgren reacts as she tries to keep her lamb in position in front of the auctioneer stand during the Sheep auction at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair Friday, July 26, 2013. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)

Twelve-year-old Dillion Weldy sleeps on a slab of concrete next to his cows in the Dairy Barn before the auction at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair Friday, July 26, 2013. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)

Lamb Club Assistant Leader Karrin Koontz, right, works to enter auction data during the morning auction at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair Friday, July 26, 2013. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)

Mitchell Hansen works to position his lamb as the auctioneer calls out bids received during morning auction at Elkhart County 4-H Fair Friday, July 26, 2013. Auctions for livestock will continue all day. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)

Clinton Township 4-H'er Hannah Diener, 10, holds her lamb in front of the auctioneer stand during the morning auction at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair Friday, July 26, 2013. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)

Twelve-year-old Dillion Weldy sleeps on a slab of concrete next to his cows in the Dairy Barn before the auction at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair Friday, July 26, 2013. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)

Paula Kercher, left, uses her smart phone as her son Gavin, 13, plays on an Xbox video game at the Dairy Barn before the auction at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair Friday, July 26, 2013. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)

Ten-year-old Hannah Diener, right, pets her lamb as she and Connor Hochstetler, left, wait in line to enter the auction ring during the Sheep auction at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair Friday, July 26, 2013. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)

Madeline Gawthrop walks her dairy feeder cow near the Dairy Barn before the auction at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair Friday, July 26, 2013. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)

Harrison Township 4-H’er Chase Graber looks at the auctioneer during the morning auction at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair Friday, July 26. (AP)

Hahn Auctioneers ring caller, Brian Wuthrich, center, flashes hand signals to the auctioneer during the morning Sheep auction at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair Friday, July 26, 2013. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)

Dylan Kaufman of Clinton Township pulls down his ribbons in the Sheep Barn during the morning auction at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair Friday, July 26, 2013. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)
Auction brings in $1 million

Posted on July 26, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.

Several new records in the Elkhart County 4-H Fair livestock auction Friday, July 26, helped push the auction’s preliminary total to more than $1 million.

The preliminary total for this year’s auction is an all-time high of $1,042,127.60, according to Brian Campbell, who helps with the sale.

“Several years ago, we got really close, then sort of backed off,” Renee Troyer-Campbell, auction treasurer, said about reaching the $1 million mark. “We just leaped over it this year.”

“It continues to blow me away how the community supports these kids,” she said.

The money used to purchase each animal goes wholly to that animal’s 4-H owner.

“The fair, in general, is just so well supported by the community,” she said, “and that extends into the auction, having a large 4-H program, huge livestock clubs.”

New records were set in the goat, lamb, poultry, rabbit and swine auctions.

In the goat auction, Elkhart County 4-H Fair Queen Sierra Walter’s grand champion dairy market goat sold for $17,000, setting a new record. Walter’s goat was also the highest selling lot in the day-long auction. The goats brought in a total of $80,505 for 95 lots, by far passing the previous record of $52,991 in 2011.

In the lamb auction, 168 lambs sold for a new record of $108,262, topping the previous record of $103,862 set in 2007.

One hundred thirteen pens sold in the poultry auction for a new record of $32,050, beating the previous record of $26,050 from 2011.

The swine auction had 259 lots and beat last year’s record of $255,919 by bringing in $262,095.

The rabbit auction sold 73 pens for a new record of $19,225, surpassing the 2007 record of $19,095.

The dairy clubs’ 10 cheese baskets raised $17,700. The dairy feeder auction brought in $211,300, with 247 calves sold. The beef auction brought in $310,991 on 120 lots.

Along with donors’ financial generosity in the auction, 30 individuals or buyers groups also donated a total of 70 animals to Church Community Services’ Seed to Feed program to help provide food for local families in need, said Campbell. Troyer-Campbell said that meat processors are also offering free butchering services for those animals.

Phil Tom, one of the owners of Turtle Top, said that his company had purchased 17 goats to donate. Darin Miller, president of Millmark Enterprises, said that his company had purchased four goats to donate.

“Obviously it’s a good cause,” Miller said about donating the goats. He also praised the way the community comes together to help local youths at the annual auction.

“It’s a wonderful, wonderful thing we can do once every year to raise all the money we do for these kids,” he said.