Goshen News, Goshen, IN

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:


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


Total lambs sold — 168

Record — 210 in 1998

Total dollars raised — $108,262, a new record. The prior record of $103,862 was set in 2007.

Grand champion single market lamb

Sold for $8 per pound

Per-pound record — $105 set in 2007

Weight — 140 pounds, for a total sale price of $1,200

Owned by — Austin Bernicky, Claypool

Buyer — Shipshewana Auction, Tim and Amy Graber, Friends and Family of Austin, Assurance Property    

Reserve grand champion single market lamb

Sold for $30 per pound

Per-pound record — $57 set in 2007

Weight — 134 pounds, for a total sale price of $4,020

Owned by — Zachary Holdeman, Nappanee

Buyer — Plymouth Glass, Turtle Top, Teresa Marquart, Kerm Hoover Family, Heath Fervida Psychological Services, Team Construction, Fervida Farms, John Gorehouse, Michiana Agra, Keith & Shirley Blosser, Mark & Dian Kirtzman Family, Brimar Wood Innovations, Hoover Lumber, ADM, Anonymous, Interra Credit Union, Zach’s Big Sis, Flickinger Farms, Mom & Dad, All Pro Gas, Christofeno, Zach’s Aunts & Uncles, Marge Mishler Family, Slack Club Lambs, The Shively Crew, Thompson-Lengacher-Yoder Funeral Home, Mc Rabitry, Ron George Livestock, Tim Brubaker Family

Grand champion pen of two

Sold for $6 per pound

Per-pound record — $26 set in 2005

Weight — 134 pounds, for a total sales price of $804

Owned by — Austin Bernicky, Claypool    

Buyers — Shipshewana Auction, Tim and Amy Graber, Friends and Family of Austin

Reserve grand champion pen of two

Sold for $3 per pound

Per-pound record — $26 set in 2006

Weight — 129 pounds, for a total sales price of $387

Owned by — Zachary Holdeman, Nappanee

Buyers — Millmark Enterprises


Total swine sold — 260

Record — 441 swine sold in 1996

Total dollars raised — $262,094.82, a new record. The previous record of $255,919.25 was set last year.

Grand champion barrow

Sold for $44 per pound

Per-pound record — $54 in 2008

Total pounds — 285

Total sale price — $12,540

Owned by — Kavin Thomas, Bourbon

Buyers — Friends of Kavin Thomas: Dr. Brian & Stephanie Topping; Etna Elevator; Clunette Elevator; Poet; Riverside Tool; Kindig & Sloat; A.O.M.; Hahn Auctioneers; Ron George Livestock; Craig & Nikki Resler; Site Specific Management; Nelson’s; Dr Robert Abel; Popcorn Construction; Tim & Missy Risser Family; Sanders Family.

Also Louis Dreyfus; Clifford & Marie Thomas; Ron & Phyllis Metzger; First State Bank of Bourbon; Gilsinger Implement; Jenkins Automotive; Stark County Co-Op; Glens Tire; Bellman Oil; Pioneer Seed; Rohr Masonry: Hochstetler Grain; Wilson Trailer Sales; Watkins Truck & Trailer Repair; Petroleum Solutions; E.F. Rhodes & Sons; M&M Drainage; Bane Welker; Dennie Electric; Weaver Ag; Golden Sky Kennels; Channel Seed Kyle Whitehead; Keifer Trailers; Dewey & Sheila Miller; Lippert Components; Abel Family; Hartman Brothers Milk Transport; Hartman Family Show Pigs; Eby’s Evergreens; Bud, Vicki, & Ben Etsinger; Greg Pane Farm Bureau Insurance; Randy & Andrea Cripe; Deetsman Grain Farm; Kents Excavating & Plumbing; Silveus Insurance; Daniel & Sara Wilson; South Side Soda Shop; Thomas Farms; Bill at Oxbow Sprayers; Kemp Electric; Pro Lawn; Lee Garner.

Reserve grand champion barrow

Sold for $7 per pound

Per-pound record — $17 in 1999

Total pounds — 271

Total Sale Price: $1,897.00

Owned by — Austin Sanders, Nappanee

Buyers — Friends of Austin Sanders: Chase Bank; Monte & Cheryl Flowers & Family; Friends of Resler Children; Elkhart County Pork Producers; Etna Elevator; Classy Lassy; Matterns Butcher Shop; Nicol, Drew, Brock & Ryne Flickinger; Gawthrop Family; Brad & Shelly Thomas & Family; Ron George Livestock; AllPro Gas; Tim & Missy Risser & Family; Cosentino & Christofeno; Millmark Enterprises; Michiana Agra; Keith & Shirley Blosser; R Yoder Construction; Turtle Top; Dr Topping.

Dairy Feeder Calf

Total calves sold — 247

Record — 255 in 2007

Total dollars raised — $211,300

Record — $235,130 in 2007

Grand champion

Sold for $14 per pound, a new record. The previous record of $12.50 per pound was set in 2005.

Total pounds — 472

Total sale price — $6,608

Owned by — Bryce Wuthrich, Milford

Buyers — Friends of Bryce Wuthrich: Stan Wuthrich Family; Bishop Farms / Showmaster Feed; Clunette Elevator; Templin Farms; Robert Beer Farms; Randy Beer / Pioneer Seed; The Papers; Tom Sorensen; Polk Auction; Dennis Polk Equipment; McCormick Motors; Old Dominion; Troy Wuthrich Family; Lippert Components; Kinro Manufacturing; Hull Lift; Richloom Fabrics; OPAL Assoc. LLC; Sauk Trail; Kerry’s Kids; Indiana Community Bank; Wana Feeds; Dr Topping; Elkhart County Gravel; Beer / Slabaugh; Marissa & Mya Lorenz; Turtle Top; Scott & Jenny Nelson; Millmark Enterprises; A.O.M.; Russ Anderson Family; Ingratech; Phil Hahn & Assoc.; Hahn Auctions.

Reserve grand champion

Sold for $14.50 per pound, a new record. The previous record of $8.25 per pound was set in 2011.

Total pounds — 476

Total sale price — $6,902

Owned by — Elizabeth Lengacher, Goshen

Buyers — Friends of Ellie Lengacher: Lamar & Crystal Troyer; Trent & Cindy Hostetler; Michiana Agra.


Total goats sold — 95 (tied 2009 record)

Total dollars raised — $80,550, a new record. The old record of $52,991 was set in 2011

Grand champion meat goat

Sold for $1,800

2011 — $5,375.00 record

Owned by — Austin Sanders, Nappanee

Buyers — Etna Elevator, Ron George Livestock, Allison Andrews, Millmark Enterprises, ADM, First Source Bank, Getz’s County Line, Sierra’s Rainbow, McCormick Motors, Abel Bail Bonds, Turtle Top, Stickley Ace Hardware, Nelson’s, Crazy Chads Goat Farm, Dr. Topping    

Grand champion dairy market goat

Sold for $17,000, a new record

Owned by — Sierra Walter, Goshen

Buyers — Jenkins Automotive, Barney & Natalie Beer, Sniders Jewelry, Doctor Robert Abel, North Central Co-op, Beck’s Hybrids, Amber Wood Terrace Chiropractic, Andy & Cheryl Gall, Bill Evans Insurance Inc, Doug Bobeck & family, Larry’s Upholstery, Maple City Collision, R.S. Pest, Mark & Diane Kritzman & family, Phil Hahn, Millersburg/Clinton Township 4-H Boosters, Millersburg Lumber, Middlebury Electric, Larry & Rita Baker, Tim & Donna Stoltzfus, Brian Wuthrich & family, Brett & Diane Whitehead, Dave & Rhonda Thwaits, Cory & Liz & Reed Kauffman, KLT Realty, Kathy & Mike Kauffman, Mathew’s farm, Keil Kauffman, Grandma Berkey, Emo Broni, Pete & Charlotte Boyd, Todd & Tina Mast & boys, Mel Cross, Brett Reed, Austin Sanders & family, Walter’s Trucking, Jerry & Salli Weaver, Richard & Julia Brookins, Troyer’s Saddlery, Goshen Farm & Lawn, Edd’s Supplies, New Paris Telephone, Pluimer’s Farm, Radio Shack Ligonier, Jermy & Jeff Gibson, Adam & Tanja Bish & girls, Cystic Fibrosis Rainbow’s, Abel Bail Bonds, Milford’s Vet, Friends of Sierra, ADM Foraker, Greg Stump family, Larry’s Upholstery, Hawkins Water, Leelan & Nancy Kauffman, National Pedal Pullers & Racers, Steven Edwards family, B Clayton & family

Reserve grand champion meat market goat

Sold for $4,000

Owned by — Raygen Troyer, Goshen

Buyer — David Lehman Orthodontics, Yoder Carpets, Barden Heating & Cooling, Midwest Auto Credit, T & T Fertilizer, GT Properties, Turtletop & Associates, ADM, Kaeb Sales, BC Integrity Flooring, Archbold Equipment, Jeremy’s Construction, Dips & Clips, J & B Apparel, John Irvin, Larry Troyer family, Gary Yoder family


Total poultry pens sold — 113

Record — 136 pens sold in 2003

Total dollars raised — $32,050, a new record topping the previous record of $26,050 set in 2011

Grand champion

Sold for $500

Record — $1,300 set in 2008

Owned by — Grace Sigsbee, Bristol

Buyers — Land-Marc Transport

Reserve grand champion

Sold For $1,200

Owned by — Spencer Doriot, Syracuse

Buyer — Middlebury Electric, Nelson’s, Phil Hahn Auctions, ADM, Kercher’s Sunrise Orchard, Beer & Slabaugh, B Doriot & Associates, D & Doris Biller


Total gallons of milk sold — 10

Total dollars raised — $17,700

Record — $25,585 in 2011

Grand champion Ayrshire

Sold for $1,300

Record — $5,000 in 2004

Owned by — Shelby Brown, Goshen

Buyers — Rusty Wheel Acres, KZ RV, Millersburg Animal Clinic, Fisher Welding Inc., J & D Millwright and Maintenance, Duane & Beth Brown, Lord’s Seed LLC, Miller’s Feed, Middlebury 4-H Boosters    

Reserve grand champion Ayrshire

Sold for $1,850, a new record

Previous record — $1,200 in 2011

Owned by — Ryan Blosser, Goshen

Buyers — Jet Technologies, Inc., Meadow Valley Golf Club, JB Builders, Ayrlyn Ayrshires, Richmond’s Feed Service, Friends & Family of Ryan Blosser, Marc & Angie Blosser, First Federal Savings Bank.

Grand champion brown Swiss

Sold for $2,100

Record — $4,000 in 2006

Owned by — Joshua Gardner, Millersburg

Buyers — DVMS, Dave Blough family, Steider Milk Transport, KZ RV, Maple Branch Farms, Farm Credit Service, Jane Hibschman, Dunham-Stoller Ins, Joe Hibschman family.

Reserve grand champion brown Swiss

Sold for $1,900

Record — $3,500 set in 2007

Owned by — Benjamin Eash, Bristol

Buyers — Tom & Linda Hire, Cut Cost Construction, Jeremy’s Construction, Mike’s Masonry, DVMS, Hoover Feed, Wendy Eash, Dan & Kathy Seltenright, Marjorie Groves, Gordy-Lu Transport, Olde Victorian Farm, KZ RV, Fry Farm

Grand champion Guernsey

Sold for $2,100

Record — $3,000 in 2007

Owned by — Jacob Gongwer, Elkhart

Buyers — Jim & Deb Freeze, Urban Swirl of Goshen, First Federal Savings Bank, Goshen Family Physicians, Dr & Mrs Michael Bigler, Maplecrest Animal Hospital, Uncle Jeff, Aunt Jan, Jessica Julia Jenae Sears, Mechanical Fire & Ice, Grandpa Wayne & Grandma Joan Gongwer, Sunshine Specialties, Wellington & Weddell Eye Care, Melody Miller at Tangles, Dwight & Paula Gerber, Hark Keller DVM, Uncle Kim & Aunt Rhonda Clouse, Jeff & Peggy Lechlitner, Doug & Nola Pyle, Grandpa Lowell Beck, RS Double J Farm, Brian Kamp family, Bob & Gloria Kamp, Steve & Judi Gongwer for Lawnbank Holsteins & Guernseys, Yellow Creek Gravel, ADM Nappanee-Foraker Farm Service, North Central Co-Op, Hoover Lumber, DVMS, Interra Credit Union, Nelson’s, Hawkin’s Water Tech, Tom & Jan Fribley.

Reserve grand champion Guernsey

Sold for $1,050

Record — $1,600 in 2011

Owned by — Matthew Schrock, Goshen

Buyers — Yellow Creek Gravel, Hoover Lumber, Geschlinger Trucking, North Central Co-op, Herman & Lois Schrock, Hank Keller DVM, ADM, Tim Martin, Jack & Doris Phelps, Kent & Ann Schrock, Interra Credit Union, Stahly Produce, DVMS, Tim & Sally Brubaker

Grand champion Holstein

Sold for $3,200

Record — $6,400 set in 2005

Owned by — Bryce Gingerich, Millersburg

Buyers — Sunrose Holsteins LLC

Grand champion milking shorthorn

Sold for $350

Record — $1,100 set in 2011

Owned by — Erica Stutsman, Goshen

Buyers — Dr. Topping, KZ RV, Moyer Electric, Mike Lee

Reserve grand champion milking shorthorn

Sold for $400

Record — $785 in 2011

Owned by — Teagan Stutsman, Goshen

Buyers — Dr. Weldy’s Associates Inc.


Total rabbit pens sold — 73

Record — 124 pens in 2005

Total dollars raised — $19,225, a new record. The previous record of $19,095 was set in 2007.

Champion meatpen

Sold for $550

Record — $1,050 in 1999

Owned by — Jonathan Stutzman, Nappanee

Buyers — Land-Marc Transport, Edward Stutzman, John Stepp

Reserve champion meatpen

Sold for $200

Record — $700 in 2007

Owned by — Javon Yoder, Goshen    

Buyers — Middlebury 4-H Boosters