Volunteers from Schuylkill County were among those who helped the Gratz Fair through its Youth Livestock Shows and Sale.
They were joined by volunteers from Dauphin and Northumberland counties in events held Sept. 19-25 at the Gratz Fairgrounds in Dauphin County. Volunteers took an active interest in all the youth who participated.
The shows and sale served as a valuable source of education for those engaged in mechanical or agricultural pursuits.
The Gratz Fair Youth Livestock Shows and Sale engaged 64 young people who have a passion for agriculture. A total of 158 lots were sold in the livestock barn. The sale and shows were livestreamed to allow interested individuals not wishing to be present on the fairgrounds the opportunity to see what was happening in the show arena.
On the evening of the sale, the Clair A. Hartman Scholarship was presented to Kaitlyn Lebo of Halifax. She is a finance major at Kutztown University.
The Distinguished Buyer’s Award presented to Kratzer Hardware of Elizabethville for its continued support of the Gratz Fair Youth Livestock Sale for many years.
The Clair A. Hartman Youth Livestock Auction sold 153 lots of animals for a total sale amount of $171,100. The champion lamb was owned by Larissa Sweigard of Halifax. It was sold to Middleburg Livestock Auction for $900. The champion steer raised by Larissa Sweigard of Halifax was sold to for $3,900 to Lebo Lawn Care.
Mid Atlantic Farm Credit purchased the champion market goat, also owned by Larissa Sweigard, for $1,150. The champion dairy steer owned by Allysa Rabenold of Millersburg went for $3,000. It was purchase by Timac Agro of Reading. Champion meat pen of rabbits owned by Chesney Romberger of Millersburg sold to Rocky Auction Service for $1,200.
The final livestock champion of the evening was a hog owned by Hunter Updegrave of Klingerstown. It sold to Wenger Feed for $1,300. Supreme Champion Dairy Animal was a 4-year-old Brown Swiss owned by Lydia Faust of Halifax, and the milk basket sold for $600.
Combined total of Reserve Champion Livestock made up of six species sold for a total of $11,650. Middleburg was the packer and Jessie Romberger of Millersburg was the auctioneer. The remaining livestock sold for competitive prices supported by 54 buyers who purchased sometimes multiple animals.
The buyers were from greater Dauphin, Northumberland, and Schuylkill counties and enthusiastically supported the sale. Their support encourages the efforts of youth exhibitors that are tomorrow’s leaders in the agricultural community who have committed themselves to a better tomorrow for all of us.
Source: Berkshire mont