Even in tough economic conditions, the business community turned out to support Jackson County’s youth and push the 2009 Jackson County Junior Fair Market Livestock Sale to a grand total of nearly $340,000—$339,964.95 to be exact (second highest in fair history).

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Even in tough economic conditions, the business community turned out to support Jackson County’s youth and push the 2009 Jackson County Junior Fair Market Livestock Sale to a grand total of nearly $340,000—$339,964.95 to be exact (second highest in fair history).

“We were really tickled,” said County Extension Agent Ed Smolder Saturday morning following Friday’s marathon sale that began after 11 a.m. and ended close to 11 p.m. “We were hoping for a good sale for the kids and our community turned out to make sure of it. This really is a special place. I’m proud to live and work here.”

This year’s sale total fell short of the 2008 record of $377, 575.60 by $37,610, but is still the second highest fair sale total ever. Steer sale prices were lower per pound impacting the final total, along with lower prices paid for champion animals. 

In light of the economic conditions in the area, it is still a testament to the dedication and belief that community businessmen and groups have in the fair and its benefit to Jackson County’s youth who work year around to prepare their 4-H and FFA projects and excitedly anticipate the annual week-long festivities at the Cottageville fairgrounds.

Green’s Feed & Seed paid the top price at the 2009 fair by purchasing Kyle Harpold’s 1,307-pound Grand Champion Market Steer for $4.10 per pound and a total sale price of $5,358.70.

Golden Hill Angus Farm purchased Brandi Munday’s 675-pound Grand Champion Replacement Heifer for $13.50 per pound and a total sale price of $9,112.50.

Pleasantview Farm purchased Madisyn Longfellow’s 645-pound Reserve Champion Replacement Heifer for $8 per pound and a total sale price of $5,160.

Rick Miller Used Cars and Bruce Allen Pipeline combined to purchase Reese Gandee’s 1,186-pound Reserve Champion Market Steer for $3.50 per pound and a total sale price of $4,151.

McDonald’s of Ravenswood and Spencer purchased Cam Anderson’s 269-pound Grand Champion Market Hog for $12.75 per pound and a total sale price of $3,429.75.

R & L Pre-Owned Auto Sales purchased Alisha Shamblen’s 122-pound Grand Champion Market Lamb for $18 per pound and a total sale price of $2,196.

J.E. Stephens Farm Equipment purchased Lane Hughes’s 259-pound Reserve Champion Market Hog for $7.50 per pound and a total sale price of $1,942.50.

Orville “Sonny” and Ann Sayre purchased Brittani Harrison’s 81-pound Reserve Champion Market Goat for $20.50 per pound and a total sale price of $1,660.50.

R & L Pre-Owned Auto Sales purchased Crystal Wilson’s 122-pound Grand Champion Market Rabbits a total sale price of $1,650.

Lloyd’s Electronics and Pleasant Valley Hospital combined to purchase Travis Rawson’s 130-pound Reserve Champion Market Lamb for $12 per pound and a total sale price of $1,560.

Around the Farm Store, Ripley Drug, Main Street Medical and Dr. Craig Hatfield, DDS combined to purchase James Canterbury’s 82-pound Grand Champion Market Goat for $18 per pound and a total sale price of $1,476.

Jo Boggess Phillips and Casto Funeral Home combined to purchase Erica Balderson’s Reserve Champion Market Rabbits for a total sale price of $1,100.

The goat sale totaled $9,831.50. Replacement heifer sales totaled $82,417.10. The market lamb sale totaled $40,664.60. Market rabbits totaled $6,235. Market steer sales totaled $57,141.05, and market hogs brought in $141,458.20.

• Friday fair attendance set a new all-time one-day record.

• Trevor Cummings was named the Premier Exhibitor of the 2009 Jackson County Junior Fair. Cummings also won grand championship for Senior Beef Showmanship, Senior Sheep Showmanship and the Supreme Showman crown.

• Lakyn Hughes of Ravenswood (WVU) and Rikki Miller of Ripley (Marshall) are the recipeients of the $1,000 Jackson County Junior Fair Scholarships.

• Jonathan Rhodes (Ravenswood) and Jeff Tomlin (Ripley) are the recipients of $500 Farm Bureau scholarships.

• Makala Settlage of Ravenswood was named 2009 Jackson County Junior Fair Grand Champion Farm Crops Exhibitor.

• Ashley Shamblen was named 2009 Jackson County Junior Fair Reserve Champion Farm Crops Exhibitor.

• Samantha Jo McClain was the recipient of the 2009 Jackson County Junior Fair’s First Year Exhibitor Award presented by Matt and Diane Rutter.

• Dick and Linda Waybright were honored on the 2009 sale catalog cover. They have been involved with the fair here for 29 years.