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Johnson broke a sale record during 4-H auction July 29

Gunnar Clanin carries his chicken back and forth through the 4-H auction floor on Thursday, July 29.
Gunnar Clanin carries his chicken back and forth through the 4-H auction floor on Thursday, July 29. Photo by Katelynn Farley

The Huntington County 4-H Fair officially concluded on Thursday, July 29, with the annual livestock auction, which saw a total of 471 lots cross the block - fetching a grand total of $210,814 in premium profits for 4-H’ers. The auction took place in the Parkview Huntington Hospital Show Arena at the fairgrounds.

This comes after last year’s auction was canceled due to COVID-19 and an online “premium auction” took place instead. 4-H’ers were only allowed to enter one animal in the 2020 sale. According to an article previously published in the TAB that detailed all of the changes that the 2020 fair would see, the auction was more of a “donation-style event” instead of one person winning with the highest bid.

For 2021, the highlight was a record-setting purchase of Reid Johnson’s grand champion pygmy market goat for $4,050 by the Friends of Reid Johnson group. The prior record was set back in 2016 when a grand champion goat was sold for $3,675.

The highest number of lot entries came from the poultry portion of the sale, with 140 lots coming in, netting a total of $43,030. The highest bid was for Rylie Farr’s bird, totaling $1,155. Lily Clanin’s bird earned the next highest bid, coming in at $1,025.

Clanin earned the top spot in the rabbit sale. Out of 110 total lots for the rabbit sale, Clanin’s topped out at an even $1,000.

Even with fewer entries than some of the other species present for sale, the swine portion of the auction took the top spot for dollars spent. With an appraisal value of $16,350 and a premium sale total of $53,705, the grand total topped out at $70,055 from the 96 lots. Owen Vickrey’s third place barrow stole the show, topping out the sale at $1,200.

The next highest appraisal value sat with the beef portion of the auction, coming in at $24,074. Just 17 lots crossed the auction floor, but fetched $44,218 altogether. Hadley Toll’s reserve grand champion steer took the highest total bid of the 17 lots, topping out at $4,619.

Eighty-four goats were sold at the auction - and aside from Johnson’s record-breaking $4,050 sale of his grand champion pygmy market goat, the next highest sale was Addison Douglas’ grand champion county bred dairy goat, selling for $2,060. Friends and Family of Addison Douglas took the winning bid.

Taking quite the dip in the number of lot entries, just 21 sheep were sold at the auction. Cole Little was the richest 4-H’er in this particular part of the auction, with his sheep selling for $1,950. With an appraisal value of $6,995 and a premium value of $13,450, the total for the sheep portion of the sale came to $20,445.

Only three lots were available for bidding in the dairy portion of the sale and the Friends and Family of Maxwell Baker made sure to reach deep into their pockets to buy Maxwell Baker’s lot. His sold for $1,150, which was more than double the other two lots combined. Abigail Reinholt’s lot and Trevor Reinholt’s lot each sold for $350, bringing the total for the dairy portion of the auction to $1,850.