By JANET KEHRES
Daily Globe Correspondent
RICHLAND COUNTY - Seth Wasilewski has been an exhibitor at Richland County Fair for many years, and he is no stranger to the Ohio State Fair. This year he earned the Top State Exhibitor Award at the Ohio State Fair. He also had the 2018 Grand Champion Market Lamb, and Reserve Champion Beef Feeder Calf at the Richland County Fair. Wasilewski is a member Shelby FFA.
During the Jr. Fair Livestock Auction on Saturday, Mike Lantz told the crowd about the Andrew C. Dawson Memorial Scholarship Fund that was started by his nephew, Anthony Dawson during the auction of Anthony's Broiler. Anthony's Uncle Andrew was killed in a tragic farm accident earlier this summer. Anthony wanted all of his proceeds to go towards the fund. His broiler brought $3,000 and before they could auction the next broiler, numerous bidders pledge over $10,000 to the fund. The Dawson niece and nephews were on hand to thank the crowd of bidders.
Vision 2020 was also explained by Mike Lantz to the crowd. Bob and Lil Niese would like to commemorate the 25th year since their son, Charlie, was killed in an automobile accident. They started a scholarship in Charlie's name and it has grown considerably since then. This year they have donated $10,000 toward starting a fund to build a bigger show arena at the Richland County Fairgrounds. Elite Excavating promptly pledged another $10,000 to the fund. The hope is to have enough pledges to build the new arena by 2020.
Dave Grauer prepared smoked brisket and pork for the buyers and it was enjoyed in the new Show Arena Pavilion.
Ralphie Deskins (Angela Phillips- Deskins' son) enjoyed the auction with his friend Enzio Fedrizzi, who came all the way from Oregon to see the fair. Enzio is a grandson to Mary Lee Barr and Lanny Hopkins. Their granddaughter, Madeline Baker (Enzio's cousin) showed a Market Hog and was part of the poultry team that earned first in the state through FFA competition.
Last year St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Shelby bought all of the broilers and distributed to the needy. This year St. Mark's bought all of turkeys and will use the turkeys for feeding the needy at Thanksgiving.
Top Buyers for 2017 Jr. Fair Livestock Auction were:
1. Phillips Manufacturing
2. Milliron Industries
3. Elite Excavating
4. Burkhardt Farms
5. Schroeder Farms (John & Anthony Schroeder)
6. Adams, Albert & Curry Insurance
7. Sportsman’s Den
8. Adena Corporation
9. Arcelor Mitrol
10. Richland Bank
The Top Alumni was:
1. Shelby FFA Alumni
2. Plymouth FFA Alumni
The list did not change much for 2018. The above listed buyers were very active in the auction along with several new buyers. Because the market price is down at the present time, Elite Excavating pledge an extra 25cents per pound add-on for all hogs. That amounts to approximately $6,000.
The Grand Champion Market Hog was raised by Trayden Schumacher of Shelby and brought $3,500 from Grant Milliron. Colton Boyer of Lucas had the Reserve Grand Champion which sold for $1,600 to Chas. Miller Auctioneer & Associates.
The Grand Champion Market Dairy Goat was exhibited by Mandee Lantz of Crestview) and sold for $1,500 to Grant Milliron. Hayden Kuhn of Crestview raised the Reserve Champion and it sold for $1,050 to Richland Bank.
Hayden Williams of Lucas raised the Grand Champion Market Boer Goat which was purchased by Adena Corporation for $2,000. Savanna Harriman of Clear Fork had the Reserve Champion which was purchased by Burkhardt Farm Center for $1,700.
Seth Wasilewski of Shelby raised the Grand Champion Market Lamb which was sold to Elite Excavating for $4,500. This broke the old record. Savanna Harriman of Clear Fork had the Reserve Champion which was sold to Grant Milliron for $1,400.
The Cooks stole the show when it came to beef. Morgan Cook of Madison had the Grand Champion Dairy Feeder Calf that sold for $1,100 to Flenner Water Well & Excavating Service. The Reserve Champion was raised by Nicole Cook of Madison. It was sold for $1,200 to Mechanics Bank.
Allyson Cook Madison had the Grand Champion Market Dairy Steer which sold to Arcelor Mitral for $1,500. Nicole Cook of Madison had the Reserve Champion which was sold to Grant Milliron for $1,000. Holly Hanshaw's of Shelby Market Dairy Steer broke the old record for a dairy steer when it was purchased by Phillips Manufacturing for $3,700.
Elite Excavating and Phillips Manufacturing combined to purchase the Grand Champion Market Steer from Trayden Schumacher of Shelby for $9,000. Charlie Cooke Grain Farm purchased the Reserve Champion from Marissa Lynch of Shelby for $2,500.
Exhibitors who were selected to attend Ohio State Fair are:
Deborah Crouch (Mansfield), Bailey Walter (Shelby), Willa Moris (Ontario), Kayla Evans and Madelyn Dabney (Shelby) for Clothing Days.
For Creative Arts Day:
Madelyn Dabney (Shelby), Tapanga Thoman (Ontario), Madison Perkins (Shelby), Erica Westfield (Mansfield), Audrey Wolford (Mansfield), Cassandra Retton (Mansfield), Leah Blay (Mansfield), and Kinsley VanDine, Madison Bays and Candace Kissinger all from Mansfield.
Foods & Nutrition:
Katie and Laurie Dick (Shelby), Erica Westfield (Mansfield), Alexis Uplinger and Kassie Kleman from Shelby.
Elliot Nelson, and Emily Dittman (Shelby), Logan Hoffman and Hannah Linstedt, from Mansfield.
Poultry Ambassadors chosen: Alexandria Brown (Bellville) – Ambassador Runner-Up Cory Myers (Shelby)
Canine Royalty: Queen Mercedes Hagy (Shelby), Princess Jakayla Shrock (Mansfield) and Prince Cayden Burns (Shelby).
Llama Ambassador-Carson Abbott (Shelby) and Alpaca Ambassador-Katie Crider (Shelby)
Outstanding 4-H Booths:
Most Creative-That Udder Club (Shelby)
Best Use of Theme-Bibs & Boots (Shelby)
Most Unique -Freedom Wranglers (Shelby)
Most Colorful-Muddy Creek (Bellville)
Best Display of 4-H History-Richland Round-Up (Shelby)
Best Use of Space-Lucky 4-H'ers (Mansfield)
Best Promotion to Join 4-H- (Shelby/Plymouth)
Most Inviting/Catchy-Country Champions (Mansfield/Crestview)
Recycle, Re-Use, Reduce-Wild-n-Free (Mansfield)
Best Portayal of Club Activities-(Shelby)
People's Choice -Richland Round-Up (Shelby)