The work Curtis Harsh invested into his market beef grand champion steer paid off — in the form of a $3,750 bid from buyer Triple T Transport.
The winning bid kicked off Tuesday’s livestock auction, and was the highest sum of the evening.
Harsh, 14, said he plans to invest the money into a steer for next year’s fair. Even though Harsh is a veteran showman from a family of cattlemen, he said parting ways with his animal at the end of the fair never gets any easier.
“It’s kind of bittersweet in a way. He did real well, and he’s kind of like a friend,” Harsh said.
In addition to the Delaware County Fair acclaim, his steer, Ferrari, won him a breed award and an overall showmanship award at the Ohio State Fair, too.
“Last night after the show, I was crying. And I’ll be crying again tonight. It still gets to you, no matter how old you are,” he said.
Sylvia Wigal’s reserve grand champion market steer did nearly as well, fetching $3,600 from J.D. Equipment, Inc. of Marion.
Wigal, 18, has been showing cattle for eight years, and her earnings were by far the most she had ever earned.
“I think I did really well today and yesterday,” said Wigal, a senior at Buckeye Valley High School. The money will help pay her way through a veterinary technician degree at Columbus State next year.
J.D. Equipment also purchased Melissa Downerd’s grand champion market beef feeder for $1,350. Downerd, this year’s Delaware County Fair queen, is in her last year of 4-H participation. She donated her share to the 4-H scholarship fund.
After the cattle were the pen of three fryer rabbits. Patrick Lipps’ grand champion rabbits earned $625 from Meijer, while Garrett Lipps’ grand champion single meat fryer earned $425, thanks to the Hiram Masonic Lodge No. 18.
Reagan Nemec’s grand champion pen of three meat chickens earned $900 from Delaware Heavy Duty truck parts. Joseph Marshall’s grand champion meat turkey fetched $700, courtesy of auctioneer Chip Carpenter.
Last but not least, McKinley Roll’s grand champion market goat earned an impressive $1,200, thanks to a four-way bid from Meade & Associates, Justin Mellen, PD Paykoff Trucking and Chip Carpenter.