LIMA — Beef and dairy steers, hogs, goats and lambs were auctioned off Friday during the 2019 Allen County Junior Fair Livestock Auction.
The auction for the chicken and rabbits was Thursday night and the fair comes to a conclusion today.
Montana Hulsmeyer, 15, of Harrod, started off Thursday’s auction with her steer that sold for $6,000. She has been in 4-H since she was 9 years old.
“I love being at the fair and making new friends, and I learn more here than I would anywhere else,” Hulsmeyer said. She said it takes patience and time to care for steers and said she has been showing at the fair since she was 3 years old. In addition to the steers, she also showed two hogs at the fair.
She said 4-H is important because it teaches responsibility and practice to be somewhere on time.
Travis Jones, RD Jones Excavating, Lima, was one of the companies to purchase Hulsmyer’s steer. He said the company has purchased livestock at the fair for the past 30 years.
“We know these kids work every day on their projects and it teaches them responsibility and we hope leaders for the future are made,” Jones said.
Camden Smith, 10, of Lima, a fourth grader at Allen East, sold his grand champion swine named Baker. It was his first year for showing his swine at the Allen County Fair. His family owns nine pigs with his brother Hunter, 15, showing two and he showed two.
“I wash, feed and clean my swine’s pen. I have learned how to keep my animal healthy and I didn’t think I would win my class and am happy,” Smith said.
Camden’s dad Justin said his son has showed pigs for the past four years at national and state shows.
“I think this teaches him responsibility where he gets up at 6 in the morning to feed, wash and rinse the pigs and the same after school activities,” Camden said.
Brandon Suever, 18, of Fort Jennings, who is the 2019 Allen County Junior Fair King, was the sheep grand champion and showed seven sheep at the fair. He was 8 years old when he first started showing at the fair and showed cattle.
Participating in the fair is a family tradition with his grandfather Joe Wright who showed cattle at the fair in 1959, and his grandmother, Sharon, showed animals at the and his mother, Barb, also showed animals at the Allen County Fair when she was younger.
“You have to have time and know how to feed the sheep and to set the pens up by age so the oldest is not with the youngest,” Suever said. He spoke about the importance of the fair and said it has taught him how to interact with others and learn sportsmanship.
Carolyn Schwartz, 12, of Spencerville, was the grand champion for dairy beef steers, and it was her fourth year for competing at the fair. She also showed sheep in the fair and owns two beef steers.
“I feed my animal so it is calm and tame, but this one was a little more difficult because he learned he could put his head down and tried to drag me around,” Schwartz said.
Being is 4-H has taught her time management and she said she wakes up at 6:30 in the morning to take care of her animals, Schwartz said.
Logan Stechschulte, 16, of Columbus Grove, earned the poultry grand champion award and showed a set of two meat hens. He has competed at the Allen County Fair since the third grade and was 9 when he first started participating.
“I like the size of this fair and a lot of my friends come here,” Stechschulte said. He said the fair opens those who participate to the world of agriculture and hopes to farm one day.