- Sunny skies in Wayne County on Saturday, Aug. 10, brought out a crowd of supporters for a rousing sale that grossed $309,780.15.
At the Fairgrounds in Honesdale, 369 market animals crossed the auction block to sell 216 hogs, 43 lambs, 70 goats, and 40 steers. The resale of "buy-backs" insured scholarships for next year, with $23,271 generated for the Scholarship Program.
Prior to the start of the sale, 28 4-H Livestock Scholarship recipients were introduced. These young men and women will seek higher education or enter agribusiness in the coming year. Scholarships in the amount of $1000 each were awarded to Megan Andersen, Anne Bateman, Carley Bates, Nicole Buehring, Janine Cavage, Elizabeth Curtis, Maddison DeFrehn, Scott Donovan, Destiny Fraschilla, Brandon Gries, Timothy Hillriegel, Spencer Houshultz, Mychaela Johannes, Emily Jonas, Kaity Juran, Lucas Karnick, Amanda Kellam, Morgan Kneier, Valeri LaTourette, Bryar Mead, Madeline Miller, Jared Newbon, Amanda Ostroski, Jonathan Rutledge, Deborah Sullivan, Brianna Whitmore, Sean Whitmore, and Nathan Wood. The scholarship program became a part of the Junior Livestock Sale in 1998, and, since that time, 252 scholarships, totaling $298,300, have been given to qualified applicants. Scholarship funds have grown in past years, mainly as a result of "buy backs," when animals are purchased at the auction, then donated back for resale to benefit the scholarship fund. Direct donations to memorialize a death or milestone occasion are also a means of adding to the Scholarship Fund. Contributions and memorials can be directed to the Wayne County Junior 4-H Livestock Sale in care of Rosalind Williams, Secretary and Scholarship Fund Manager, 409 Stock Farm Road, Lake Ariel, PA, 18436.
Scholarship recipient Nicole Buehring addressed the crowd with a thank you for scholarships and for years of positive experiences in the Wayne County 4-H program. Heidi Schumacher sang the Star Spangled Banner. Auctioneer Wayne Weaver started the sale asking for support of youth, noting that the Wayne County Sale is consistently one of the top youth livestock sales in the state of Pennsylvania.
The first animal offered for sale was Brett Diehl's 265 lb. Grand Champion Market Hog. Brett is the son of Tina and Andrew Diehl of Damascus. He is a member of the Tri Gal 4-H Club.
Wayne County Fair President Roger Dirlam of Dirlam Brothers/Narrowsburg/ Pittston Lumber successfully bid the hog to $19/lb. Dirlam initiated the wave of donations for scholarships by returning this champion for resale for the fund.
The 262 lb. Reserve Grand Champion Market Hog was sold by Janine Cavage. Janine is the daughter of Mike and Allison Cavage, Waymart. She is a member of the Waymart Horizons 4-H Club. The winning bid of $7.25/lb. was placed by Frank and Sue Sargent.
Lydia Grossman, daughter of Edward and Amy Grossman, raised the 144 lb. Grand Champion Market Lamb. Lydia is a member of the Cherry Ridge 4-H Club. H and K Farms bid this champion to $7.00/lb.
Page 2 of 3 - The 110 lb. Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb was raised by Kayla Evans, Honesdale. Kayla is the daughter of Anna and Andrew Korb and is a member of the Cherry Ridge 4-H Club. Dr. Andrew Nebzydoski of Wallenpaupack Veterinary Clinic bought this animal for $5.50/lb.
Jennifer Carey, Hawley, exhibited the 72 lb. Grand Champion Market Meat Goat. Jennifer is the daughter of Susan and Mark Carey. Mike Cavage of Pioneer Construction paid $8/lb. with the winning bid on this champion.
Reserve Grand Champion honors for market goats also went to Jennifer Carey, with her 96 lb. meat goat. Myers View Farm successfully bid the champion to $6.75/lb.
Makayla Stone's 1305 lb. Grand Champion Market Steer was purchased by Nick Nebzydoski of NEB Fence for $2.35/lb. Makayla is the daughter of John and Stacey Stone, Moscow, and is a member of the Achievers 4-H Club.
Emily Jonas exhibited the 1,350 lb. Reserve Grand Champion Market Steer. The steer was successfully bid to $1.80/lb. by Grimm Construction Inc. Emily is the daughter of Mia and Bill Jonas, Honesdale, and is a member of the Cold Spring 4-H Club.
Mike Cavage of Pioneer Construction, Honesdale, and Happy Trails General Store, South Canaan, strongly outbid all other buyers at the sale with over $21,000 spent on 21 animals. Grimm Construction, Waymart, was the successful bidder of 10 animals, with a tally of nearly $12,000.
Other bidding categories follow, in descending order:
$9000 to $6000—Delaware Valley Farm and Garden, Dirlam Brothers Lumber Company, Ellen Memorial, Waymart Milling, and Zefran Dental Group
$6000 to $4000—Narrowsburg Feed and Grain, Mikita and Perkins Investments, Honesdale Agway, Leeward Construction, Inc., Margaret Mosomillo, Cochecton Mills, Inc., and Mike's Heavy Equipment and Trailer Sales, Inc.
$4000 to $3000—Kohr's Excavating, Wallenpaupack Veterinary Clinic, Waymart Building Center, Inc., Lester Log Homes, Bonham Farm, Burke Financial Group, Valley Sand and Gravel/RTS Trucking, Frank and Sue Sargent, NEB Fence, Inc., RR Wilmot Excavating and Blacktop, Carachilo Construction, and Wayne Bank
$3000 to $2000: Eric and Lisa Bonne, Medico Industries, Nicholson Livestock Market, Mander Fire Safety/Apple Day Spa, Bethany Village Senior Living Community, Jack Stone and Son Painting, Dexter Construction Company, Jennz Café, Dr. Michael G. Sheruda, Weist Transportation LLC, Family Eye Care of NEPA PC, Debra Hess, Rutledge Home and Lawn Service, The Honesdale National Bank, Shane Warnock, Seaman's Marine, R3 Hardware, Dave's Super Duper, Top Notch Distributors, and Zeiler-Caruth Quality Meats
$2000 to $1500: Woodland Design Associates, Bronson Farm, L.J. Harrie Transport, Home Front, Hilly Acres Farm, Tom's Interior World, Rorre Corporation, and Dyberry Sand and Gravel Co., Inc.
The sale kept up a brisk pace throughout the day with volunteer auctioneers Wayne Weaver, Bob Earl, Ralph Brenneman, John Wetmore, Tim Madden, Matt Madden, Dan Naylor, Mike Lopatofsky, and Brian Non soliciting bids for project animals. During the sale, a barbecue was served to buyers, 4-H members, and their families.
Page 3 of 3 - For additional information, please contact:
Wayne County Cooperative Extension
Jean Nebzydoski, Sale Story/Pictures