The Tyler County Chapter of the Future Farmers of America raised more than $47,000 at the 62nd Annual Ham, Bacon, Egg Show and Sale held March 8 at Tyler Consolidated High School.
Several students exhibited their products during at the local show. Robert Phillips, of Joe Pyles Auctioneering Services out of Mount Morris, Pa., auctioned the pieces, selling them to the highest bidder.
J.P. Flesher showed off his 23.6-pound Grand Champion ham, which was sold to Drilling Appalachian Corporation for $65 per pound ($1,534). Haley Stewart's 8-pound Grand Champion bacon went to Long Reach Federal Credit Union for $92 per pound ($736). Dylan George sold his Grand Champion eggs to Antero Resources for $700. The Grand Champion bread, exhibited by Angel Kyle, also went to Antero for $600.
Reserve Champion products were exhibited by Sierra Eddy, Stewart, Lake Curtis and Dakota Allen.
Eddy's 23.6-pound ham was sold to Wells Cattle Farm for $32 per pound ($755.20). Stewart's 8.4-pound bacon went to Drilling Appalachian Corporation for $85 per pound ($714); Curtis' eggs were purchased by Tyler County Speedway for $550; and Valley Towing Auto Repair & Auto Glass bought Allen's Reserve Champion bread for $500.
The Tyler FFA Scholarship Ham was sold to Loren Bagley of Sancho Oil & Gas Corporation for $1,550, and the Tyler FFA Scholarship bacon went to Nelson Hachem of McDonald's for $875.
This year's total tops the gross sale of $44,770.40 recorded in 2011. Previous gross sales were: 2010, $42,745.60; and 2009, $34,386.70; 2008, $38,120.70.
The students and their advisor, Leon Ammons, were grateful to those who showed their support by attending the event and purchasing their quality products. Ammons also expressed his appreciation to area businesses for helping the sale committee pull off a successful show. "I'd would like to thank Tim Aiken of Union Bank for providing the ribbons for our exhibits; Steve Bonanno (WVU Extension Agent) and Annie Hall, (agriculture instructor at Valley High School) for judging our hams and bacons; Kent Yoho (Principal of Tyler Consolidated High School) for providing facilities for our show and sale; Green Valley Co-op for providing bags; and Robert Phillips from Joe Pyles Auctioneering Service for conducting the auction this year."
Ammons offered special thanks to everyone who purchased the high quality products during the past 61 years of the sales existence.