By Melanie Yingst
MIAMI COUNTY — Several sale records were broken as hundreds of businesses and individual buyers showed their support at the 2014 Miami County Junior Fair Sale of Champions on Wednesday.
A complete buyer’s list of all buyers was not available at press time from the Sale of Champions.
It was the first year 11 year-old Chloe Gump wasn’t busy holding trophies for her older brothers and sisters in the sale ring.
In fact, they had to round up a few helping hands to hold trophies this year.
The youngest Gump was the exhibitor of the Grand Champion pen of two market lambs this year. It was her first time in the Sale of Champions ring as the exhibitor of her prize winning pen of two market lambs.
“Sale of Champions is pretty fun this year since I don’t have to hold my brother and sister’s trophies,” she said before heading in to the sale ring. “I had a lot of fun this year. I like the experience of showing animals at the fair and spending time with my friends.”
Gump’s lamb sold for $1,600 and was purchased by a syndicate of buyers. It also broke a sale of champions record.
Gump’s sister Carly had both the Grand and Reserve champion market lambs at this year’s fair. Gump’s Grand Champion market lamb sold for $1,400 and was purchased by Team Johnson Club Lambs. The Reserve Champion market lamb was sold for $1,600 by a syndicate of buyers.
Colin Gump also had a successful year at the Ohio State Fair winning the Reserve Grand Champion market lamb. He also exhibited the Grand Champion born and raised market lamb.
The Gump’s parents are Kevin and Janet Gump of Fletcher.
Grand Champion market goat was exhibited by Eliza Hershberger. She is the daughter of Paul and Ronda Hershberger of New Carlisle. A syndicate of buyers bought the project for a record breaking $2,800.
“I like taking care of my animals all year,” Hershberger said. “I enjoy being in the barns and showing during the fair each year.”
Fisher-Cheney Funeral Home director Howard Cheney once again kicked off the sale as the first buyer as he purchased the Grand Champion market chicken exhibited by Kara Wise of Pleasant Hill.
She is the daughter of Leroy and Kay Wise of Pleasant Hill.
“These kids are deserving of all the support we can give them,” Cheney said. “I appreciate being able to help out these families. I grew up on a farm and I know it’s hard work.”
Cheney said he has supported the Miami County Fair for more than 35 years. Over the years, it has become tradition for Cheney to buy one of the first grand champion animals at the Sale of Champions.
“I like getting the bidding going for the kids,” Cheney said.
Reserve Grand Champion market chicken was exhibited by Lindsey Kimmel of Bradford. She is the daughter of Ray and Stephanie Kimmel. Kimmel’s Reserve Grand Champion market chicken sold for $825.
Garrett Shafer, of Covington, said the money from the sale of his Grand Champion market turkey will help with expenses during the first year of college at Ohio State ATI to study animal science. He is the son of Carl and Melissa Shafer of Covington.
“I used to save it back for future projects, but this year it will help with school,” he said. “I appreciated everyone’s support at the fair each year.”
Mark Miller of Millmark Construction and Milcon Concrete purchased Shafer’s project in memory of his son Austin for $1,125.
Ryan Dinardo exhibited the Reserve Grand Champion market chicken. He is the son of Chris and Rebecca Dinardo of Fletcher. A syndicate of buyers bought the project for $1,575.
Grand Champion pen of 3 rabbits was exhibited by Keagan Mahan. He is the son of James of Amy Mahan of Troy. U.S. Bank, Dr. Mark Bentley D.D.S of Excellence in Dentistry and Troy Meat Market bought the project for $1,200.
Reserve Grand Champion Pen of 3 meat rabbits was exhibited by Allie Bohse.
She is the daughter of Bryan and Jenny Bohse of West Milton. Her project broke a record for $1,200.
Grand Champion single rabbit was exhibited by Stacie Swartz. She is the daughter of Frank and Dawn Swartz of Ludlow Falls. Hart’s Auto and Towing bought the project for $900.
Brittany Taylor exhibited the Reserve Grand Champion single rabbit. She is the daughter of Scott and Amy Taylor of Casstown. Bart and Roxanne Shively of Shively Funeral Homes bought the project for $1,200.
Reserve Grand Champion market goat was exhibited by Adam Bensman. He is the son of Brian and Catherine Bensman of Troy. His project sold for $1,500.
Reserve Grand Champion Pen of 2 market lambs was exhibited by Kaitlyn Thompson. She is the daughter of Dave and Tammy Thompson of Troy. A syndicate of buyers bought the project for a record breaking $2,050.
The 2014 Grand Champion market barrow was exhibited by Connor Gostomsky. He is the son of Chad and Shanda Gostomsky of West Milton. A syndicate of buyers bought the project for $3,000.
Reserve Grand Champion barrow was exhibited by Darby Welbaum. She is the daughter of Matt and Carrie Welbaum of West Milton. A syndicate of buyers bought the project for $2,700.
Grand Champion market dairy feed steer was exhibited by Garrett Jones. He is the son of Ronnie and Mary Jones of New Carlisle. Miami Valley Feed and Grain and Correspond in a Click bought the project for $1,500.
Brenna Newton exhibited the Reserve Champion market dairy feeder steer. She is the daughter of Mark and Teresa Newton of Tipp City. Kirby Farms and Unity National Bank purchased her project for $1,500.
Grand Champion market steer was exhibited by Tyler Clark. He is the son of Scott and Shannon Clark of Covington. Hi Tech Industrial Services bought the project for $5,200. Reserve Champion market steer was exhibited by Seth Clark. He is the son of Chris and Debie Clark. Select Arc Inc. bought the project for $4,000.