- Sunny skies in Wayne County on Saturday, August 9, brought out a crowd of supporters for the annual 4-H Livestock Sale that grossed $313,148.
At the Fairgrounds in Honesdale, 339 market animals crossed the auction block and were purchased by businesses, friends, and families of 4-H members.
The resale of “buy-backs” insured scholarships for the coming year, with $25,587.95 generated for the Scholarship Program.
Prior to the start of the sale, Outstanding Senior 4-H Members, Will Jonas and Sully Rutledge, were introduced. Fifteen 4-H Livestock Scholarship recipients who will seek higher education or enter agribusiness in the coming year were presented to the crowd.
Scholarships in the amount of $1,500 each were awarded to Nicholas Adams, Curtis Bates, Jacquelyn Billard, Faith Bronson, Jennifer Carey, Vincent DeSimone, Matthew Gibbon, Will Jonas, Kristine Komar, Michaela Konzman, Michael Mang, Hunter Smith, Ryan Smith, Myranda Strada, and Aaron Whitmore.
The scholarship program became a part of the Junior Livestock Sale in 1998, and, since that time $343,800 has 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.
Two charter members of the Livestock Sale Committee, Clyde Eltz and Ellis Dix, and auctioneer Wayne Weaver, were presented with plaques and recognized for their many years of service to the 4-H Livestock Program.
The first animal offered for sale was Jennifer Carey’s 271 lb. Grand Champion Market Hog. Jennifer is the daughter of Mark and Susan Carey of Hawley. She is a member of the Cherry Ridge 4-H Club. Wayne County Fair President Roger Dirlam of Dirlam Brothers/Narrowsburg/ Pittston Lumber successfully bid the hog to $24.00/lb. Dirlam initiated the wave of donations for scholarships by returning this champion for resale for the fund.
The 272 lb. Reserve Grand Champion Market Hog was sold by Makayla Stone of Moscow. Makayla is the daughter of John and Stacey Stone. She is a member of the Achievers 4-H Club. The winning bid of $4.00/lb. was placed by Diane and Sal Scarfalloto of the Towne House Diner in Honesdale.
The 136 lb. Grand Champion Market Lamb was raised by Matthew Stone, Moscow. Matthew is the son of John and Stacey Stone and a member of the Achievers 4-H Club. Macky Burleigh of Burleigh Construction, Pleasant Mount, bought this animal for $8.00/lb.
Lydia Grossman, daughter of Edward and Amy Grossman, Honesdale, raised the 145 lb. Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb. Lydia is a member of the Cherry Ridge 4-H Club. The Honesdale National Bank bid this champion to $5.50/lb.
Mitchell Herzog, Waymart, exhibited the 89 lb. Grand Champion Market Meat Goat. Mitchell is the son of David and Paula Herzog and a member of the Waymart Horizons 4-H Club. Mike Cavage of Pioneer Construction paid $9.00/lb. with the winning bid on this champion.
Reserve Grand Champion honors for market goats went to Brianna Smith, Tyler Hill, with her 71 lb. meat goat. Brianna is the daughter of Angie and Scott Rutledge. Dr. Henry Nebzydoski, Pleasant Mount, successfully bid this animal to $7.50/lb.
Megan Anderson’s 1360 lb. Grand Champion Market Steer was purchased by Kevin Swingle for $3.00/lb. Megan is the daughter of Patti and Peter Anderson, Long Eddy.
Makayla Stone exhibited the 1,280 lb. Reserve Grand Champion Market Steer. The steer was successfully bid to $2.50/lb. by Nick Nebzydoski of NEB Fence, Uniondale. Makayla is the daughter of John and Stacey Stone, Moscow and a member of the Achievers 4-H Club.
Mike Cavage of Pioneer Construction, Honesdale, outbid all other buyers at the sale with $17,354 spent on 19 animals.
Grimm Construction, Waymart, closely followed with 14 animals and a tally of $16, 762.
Other bidding categories follow, in descending order:
$9000 to $7000—Delaware Valley Farm and Garden, Waymart Milling Company, Dirlam Brothers Lumber Co., Zefran Dental Group
$7000 to $5000—Honesdale Agway, Narrowsburg Feed and Grain, Cochecton Mills Inc.
$5000 to $4000—Lester Log Homes, Mikita and Perkins Investments, Valley Sand and Gravel, Kohrs Excavating, Wallenpaupack Veterinary Clinic, Kevin Swingle
$4000 to $3000: Ellday Farm, Leeward Construction, Burke Financial Group, Case Tire Service, Zeiler-Caruth Quality Meats, RR Wilmot Excavating and Blacktop, NEB Fence Inc., Augello Excavating, Marshall Machinery Inc., Bethany Village Senior Living Community, Carachilo Construction, Nicholson Livestock Market
$3000 to $2000: Chad Hall, Diehl Trucking Inc., Atty. and Mrs. Lee Krause, Family Eye Care of NEPA, Kristt Company, the Wayne Bank, Mark and Robin Mead, Highlights for Children, Medico Industries, Little Creek Ranch, Jennz Café, Mike’s Heavy Equipment and Trailer Sales Inc., Rutledge Excavating, Burleigh Construction, Towne House Diner, Brook View Farm Boer Goats, Remax of Wayne County—Remax Best, The Honesdale National Bank, Bruce Woodmansee and Sons, Hillco Manufacturing Inc. Boyce Products LTD
$2000 to $1500—Mark and Sally Hawley, Walter and Marilyn Barbe, Dick Palmer and Sons, Dexter Construction Company, Olsommer-Clark Insurance
$1500 to $1000—Mulqueen Family, Kieran Moran, Warner Stark, Marcia Dunsmore, Pam Box, Dave’s Super Duper, L.J. Harrie Transport, Waymart Building Center, Bert’s Pharmacy, Henderson Trucking, Honesdale Spreading Service, O’Connell Junk Yard, Andrews Trucking, A & A Excavating, Frank and Sue Sargent, Kelly Contracting and Remodeling, Central Clay, Carey’s Slaughterhouse, Buehring Logging, Fox Hill Lumber Company, Rorre Corporation, Gerrit LaTourette, Tallman Masonry, Inc. Bronson Farm, Dr. Henry and Jean Nebzydoski, RDR Trucking, Wagner Masonry, Eugene LaBar, 1st Alarm Security, Bill Shaughnessy, Livestock Broker and Stone, Dr. Kenneth Phillips, The Dime Bank, B & B Dodge, Connie Gross, W. M. Fulton and Son Well Drilling, John and Susan Keyes
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, Edward Leaman, John Regan, John Peper, and Brian Non soliciting bids for project animals. During the sale, a barbecue was served to buyers, 4-H members, and their families.