LIMA — Steady rain throughout most of the morning into mid-afternoon Saturday led Allen County Fair officials to move the 4-H auction under the grandstand.
Up for auction were 21 carvings done with a chainsaw, 20 blown glass pieces, five bottles of wines judged at the fair and one quilt.
All of the items were fabricated or shown during the fair.
The proceeds benefit 4-H Jr. Fair scholarships.
The auctioneers were the 2015 fair queen, India Miller, and 2015 princess Linnea Stephens.
“Honestly the fair was my favorite part of summer. So I now go to [University of] Findlay and it starts during classes, so I try and come back as much as I can. I love being here,” said Miller.
Her father, Michael Miller, is an auctioneer and helped out during the event.
“He really encouraged me to go to school but after I went, yes, it took some practice, like most things, but it’s fun,” she said.
Miller has been active in 4-H.
“We’ve always raised cattle but I only showed for two years and I took 4-H projects though as soon as I could so for about a decade and I was on fair board for a couple of years, 4-H camp for a couple of years, anything I could do I did,” Miller added.
Miller was limited in auctioning off items because of a sore throat, but stepping in was the 2015 princess Linnea Stephens.
“Not only can I say that it’s a privilege to be out here, but it’s absolutely a pleasure as well. Currently I’m a junior at The Ohio State University studying agricultural communications. I believe that 4-H is a cornerstone in my life because not only did it lead me to the path of going to pursue agricultural full time, but it gave me the opportunities to have financial responsibility, responsibility for my livestock and then networking, as well. The people out here are amazing and they make you feel that you can do anything in life. It’s really cool to be able to go full circle and kind of try to help the fair because they helped me a lot,” said Stephens.
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