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July 27, 2013

Hard work pays off: Fair auction tops $1M for first time

GOSHEN — Sierra Walter was already having a banner year at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair. Then came the auction.

Walter, 18, Goshen was crowned fair queen on the festival’s opening day. A week later, her grand champion dairy market goat sold for a record $17,000.

Walter’s sale was reflective of a fair livestock auction that made history Friday.

The auction broke the million-dollar mark for the first time, the final total coming in at $1,042,127.60.

“It was pretty incredible,” Extension educator and auction coordinator Jeff Burbrink said after the sale ended. The previous auction record of $964,127.20 was set in 2011.  

A 10-year 4-H member, Walter said she planned to donate 15 percent from her goat sale to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, with the rest going toward college and savings. Walter’s done fundraising for the foundation before, and is supportive of its work with good reason — she has cystic fibrosis.

According to foundation’s website, cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States, 70,000 worldwide.

“It will never go away,” Walter said of the disease’s presence in her life. But Walter added that despite having cystic fibrosis, she’s achieved much and is proud of her accomplishments.

Fair Board member Barney Beer also sounded proud Friday. Part of the buyers’ group for the 4-H member’s goat, he had high praise for Walter.  

“I think this girl has incredible courage,” he said, and has always been a person who wanted to help others. Beer also said she’s been active in 4-H and been a leader.

“A true role model, I think, for young women,” he said of the Goshen teen.

After her record goat sale, Walter was looking ahead to her remaining fair activities. She planned to go to the Friday night rodeo, and not just as a spectator.

“I’m going to be barrel racing tonight,” Walter said that afternoon.

Friday’s auction totals are:

Beef

Total beef animals sold — 120

Record — 217 animals in 1976

Total dollars raised — $310,990.71

Record — $338,408.75 in 2011

Grand champion

Sold for $8.80 per pound

Per-pound record — $15.75 in 2010

Total pounds — 1,270

Total dollars — $11,176

Owned by — Mya Lorenz, New Paris

Buyer — Friends of Mya Lorenz: Millmark Enterprise; Dimension Holdings; Miller’s Creekside Acres; Steve George Family; Jim Bitting & Family; Bud & Vikie Etsinger Family; Monte Flowers & Family; Crop Tech; ADT Farm Gary Kauffman Family; ADM Alliance Foraker / Nappanee; Michael Geiger CPA; Land of Lakes; Marlys Prough; Richmond Feed Service; Larry Upholstery; Mike Groff,G&C Cattle, Crop Watch; Troyers Saddlery; Jon Gawthrop & Family; Brent & Tonda Carrick; Rods Trademark Remodeling Inc; Team Construction; Jeff Beer Family; AllPro Gas; Turtle Top; Randy Yoder Construction; Brian & Lisa Miller Family; Trent Hostetler, Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance; Tom Farms; Knepp Sand & Stone; Karin Jensen Vet Service; Michiana Agri; Frank Letters Hunters; Reliance Insurance, Gary Whirledge; Liquor Station; Dr Robbins; Better Way Products; Martins Butcher Shop & Corner Deli; Tim Quality Construction; Quality Drive Away; Yoders Meats; Quality Excavating; Granite Ridge Builders; Kara Rounds; Ben & JoAnn Neff Family; Mark & Diane Kritzman Family; Archibold Equipment; Marty & Denise Long; John Lorenz; Brian Inniger Family; Glens Tire; Brian Wuthrich; Pam Devine; Mid America Shows; RS Pest; Shipshewana Livestock Auction; Smoker Craft; Doug & Ryan Thwaits; Indiana Transport; Cosintino & Christofino; Variety Attractions; Dr Kuhn; Edward Jones Investments, Brent Bontrager; Cheryl & Andy Gall; Eric & Chris Stutzman; Nicole Drew Brock, Ryne Flickinger; J&M Farms; Mike & Rachel Webb Family; Bontrager Pool; Eldon Burtsfield; Martin’s Custom Butchering; Midwest Gun Range; Midwest Gun Exchange; Rocky Rigsby Auctioneer; Morehouse Grain & Lime.

Reserve grand champion

Sold for $5.18 per pound

Per-pound record — $15.50 in 2008

Total pounds — 1,340

Total dollars — $6,941.20

Owned by — Lane Flowers, Nappanee

Buyer — Dr Ed & Hettie Meyer; Clunette Elevator; T&T Fertilizer; Doug Kirkdorffer Family; Mark & Diane Kritzman Family; Nick & Ashley Carlson; Truex Insurance; Monte & Charlene Flowers; George & Peg Flowers; Jeff & Amy Beer Family; Sierra’s Rainbow; Chris Gillam Family; Jim & Laurie Sumpter; Chris & Carolyn Rahe Family; Maisco Irrigation; McCormick Motors; Phil, Mindy, MacKenze & Hillary Lechlitner; Dustin, Whitney, Liam & Amilia Goeglein; The Bish Family; Mike & Kathy Kauffmen; Shirley Slabaugh; Hahn Realty; Rite Choice Foods; Jenkins Automotive; Marissa & Mya Lorenz; Steve George Family; Zac & Britney Lechlitner; First Source Bank; Millmark Enterprises; Jim & Kim Bope; Interra Federal Credit Union; Mayor Larry & Linda Thompson; J&H Stone; Randy Yoder Construction; ADM Alliance; Crop Tech Inc; ADT Farm, Gary Kauffman Family; Paul & Pat Parks; Michael Cristofeno; Hoover Lumber; Market Street Auto; Nappanee Volunteer EMT’s; Clark Farm Aggregate; Rod’s Trademark Remodeling; Warner Farms; Todd & Missy Cleveland Family; Nicole, Drew, Brock & Ryne Flickinger; Eric & Chris Stutzman Family; Beer & Slabaugh; Elkhart County Gravel

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