On Saturday, August 11, at the Wayne County Junior 4-H Livestock Sale held on the fairgrounds in Honesdale, PA, heavy rains did not deter the buyers from coming out and bidding up another record sale tallying $426,949.70 to support local 4-H members. This annual Wayne County 4-H Livestock Sale saw 368 market steers, hogs, lambs, goats, and 2 pens of market meat rabbits cross the auction block.

The resale of “buy-backs” insured scholarships for the coming year with a $30,936.38 jump start toward next year’s fund.

Prior to the sale, Greg Hostetter, Assistant Secretary of the PA Department of Agriculture, presented a citation and plaque to recognize all volunteers and fair contributors who make the agricultural fair possible, particularly thanking Roy Morris of Narrowsburg Feed and Grain for his support of the fair and the Wayne County 4-H program. Roger Dirlam, Wayne County Fair President, was on hand for the presentation. In addition, Outstanding Senior 4-H members Carter Terysen and Brea Rutledge were introduced to the crowd.

Twelve 4-H Livestock Scholarship recipients who will seek higher education or enter agribusiness in the coming year were presented. Scholarships in the amount of $1,900 each were awarded to Timothy Brown, Derrick Gibbon, Grace Glosenger, Chloe Hedgelon, Nicholas McGraw, Emma Olver, Brianna Potter, Brea Rutledge, Carmen Rutledge, Caroline Sheard, Carter Terysen, and Dylan Ursino. The scholarship program became a part of the Junior Livestock Sale in 1998, and since that time 328 scholarships have been awarded totaling $413,633.00. 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.

The first animal offered for sale was Brooke Rutledge’s 286 lb. Grand Champion Market Hog. Brooke is the daughter of Dan and Jen Rutledge. She 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 $23.00/lb. Dirlam initiated the wave of donations for the Scholarship Fund by returning this champion for resale for the fund.

The 276 lb. Reserve Grand Champion Market Hog was sold by Rozlyn Maciejewski of Milanville. Rozlyn is the daughter of Jason and Rebecca Maciejewski. She is a member of the Calkins Ag 4-H Club. The winning bid of $15.00/lb. was placed by John Chrin. This hog was also the Homebred Grand Champion.

The 115 lb. Grand Champion Market Lamb was raised by Rachel Olver of Beach Lake. Rachel is the daughter of Mark and Tammy Olver and a member of Calkins Ag 4-H Club. Wagner Masonry bid this champion to $24.00/lb.

Lydia Grossman of Honesdale raised the 147 lb. Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb. Lydia is the daughter of Edward and Amy Grossman and a member of the Cherry Ridge 4-H Club. Dr. Grace Nebzydoski of Wallenpaupack Veterinary Clinic bought this animal for $8.00/lb.

Peter Keating of Jefferson Township exhibited the 76 lb. Grand Champion Market Meat Goat. Peter is the son of Charles and Sandra Keating and a member of the Achievers 4-H Club. Marshall Machinery placed the winning bid of $20.50/lb. for this champion.

Reserve Grand Champion honors for market meat goats went to James Fryzel, Moscow, with his 83 lb. market goat. James is the son of Andrea Fryzel and a member of the Explorers 4-H Club. Hottle Livestock bid this champion to $3.50/lb.

Mikayla Stone’s 1315 lb. Grand Champion Market Steer was purchased by Grimm Construction, Inc, Waymart, for $3.40/lb. Makayla is the daughter of John and Stacey Stone, Moscow. He is a member of the Achievers 4-H Club.

Matthew Stone, Moscow, exhibited the 1,325 lb. Reserve Grand Champion Market Steer. The steer was successfully bid to $2.45/lb. by Tom and Arlene Warnock. Matthew is the son of John and Stacy Stone and a member of the Achievers 4-H Club.

Two pens of market meat rabbits sold at auction this year. Michaela Reed, Honesdale, sold her Grand Champion pen to Burleigh Construction for $300. Michaela is the daughter of Harley and Barbara Reed and a member Bethany 4-H Club. Shawn Bronson, Honesdale, sold his Reserve Grand Champion Market Meat Rabbits to Diehl Trucking, Inc., for $290. Shawn is the son of Chris and Louise Bronson and a member of Cherry Ridge 4-H Club.

Mike Cavage of Pioneer Construction, Honesdale, outbid all other buyers at the sale with a tally of $47,625.35, followed by Delaware Valley Farm and Garden with $20,716.30, Grimm Construction, Inc., with $17,761.85, Waymart Milling Company with $16,800.90, and Friends of Nick Nebzydoski with $13,860.

Other bidding categories follow, in descending order:

$9,000 to $5,000—Dirlam Brothers Lumber Company, Inc., Leeward Construction, Inc., Narrowsburg Feed and Grain, Zefran Dental Group, Kohr’s Excavating, RTS Truck Center, Inc., Metal Giant Scrap Yard, Dick Palmer and Sons Truck Service, Mike’s Heavy Equipment and Trailer Sales, Wallenpaupack Veterinary Clinic, Bonham Excavating

$5,000 to $3,000— Boyce Products, Ltd., Keating Logging/Firewood, Hottle Livestock, John Chrin, ReMax of Wayne County—ReMax Best, Turano Insurance, Summit Mortgage Corporation, Bruce Woodmansee and Sons Construction, Cochecton Mills, Diehl Trucking, Inc. Burleigh Construction, Marshall Machinery, Honesdale Agway, Michael’s London Broil, Tom and Arlene Warnock, A &A Excavating, Medico Industries, Inc.

$3000 to $2000—RR Wilmot Excavating and Blacktop, Zeiler-Caruth Quality Meats, L.A. Excavating and Construction, Kelly Contracting and Remodeling, Kieran Moran, Wagner Masonry, Carbondale Veterinary Hospital, Jenz Café, Dexter Construction Company, Dyberry Sand and Gravel Co, Inc., Woodland Design Associates, Sage Investments, Scarfalloto’s Towne House Diner, Rutledge Unlimited LLC, Beck, Gogolski, Poska and Company, Inc., Meagher Insurance, Niles Trucking, Aleckna Farms, Maciejewski Landscaping, Dave’s Foodtown, Wyalusing Livestock Market and Auction, Paul’s Custom Butchering

$2000 to $1500: Meagher Law, Barnes Stone Masonry, Inc., The Dime Bank, The White Owl Steakhouse, Dr. Thomas and Ashley Nebzydoski, Henderson Trucking, Case Tire Services, Inc., Wayne County Ford, Andersen’s Maple Farm, Rutledge Excavating, Brandon Flynn, V. Cloud Contracting Corporation, Nicholson Livestock Market

A barbecue was served to buyers, 4-H members and their families during the sale. Volunteer auctioneers who worked through six hours of selling were: Wayne Weaver, Donald Bishop, John Krehel, John Wetmore, Ralph Brenneman, Tim Madden, Brian Non, and John Regan.