Students cash in at annual FFA show, sale
Tyler Consolidated High School hosted the 61st Annual Tyler County Ham, Bacon and Egg show and sale on March 10. FFA members exhibited the fruits of their labor before auctioning them to the highest bidder. There were 121 registered bidders.
Devon Thompson showed his Grand Champion Ham, which weighed in at 23.5 pounds. His prize ham was sold to Sancho Oil and Gas Corporation for $42 per pound or $987.
The Grand Champion Bacon belonged to Joe Henthorn. The prize weighed in at 7.6 pounds and was purchased by Steve Reed, manager and CEO of Long Reach Federal Credit Union, for $103 per pound ($782.80).
Alex VanCamp’s Grand Champion Eggs went to Dr. Robert Christen for $400 per dozen. Devan Derby exhibited a loaf of Grand Champion Bread, which he later sold to Kenneth Mason, CEO of Drilling Appalachian Corporation (DAC) for $500.
Henthorn, along with Emily Wells, Laken Curtis and Mallory Hammond, exhibited products in the Reserve category.
Wells’ Reserve Champion Ham weighed in at 23.5 pounds and was sold to Mason $27 per pound or $634.50.
Henthorn’s second auction item, a 8.4 pound Reserve Champion Bacon, went to Magistrate John Roberts for $90 per pound or $756.
Curtis showed a dozen Reserve Champion Eggs, which she sold to Attorney Roger Weese for $380.
The dental office of Dr. Keith Milhoan picked up the Reserve Champion Bread prepared by Mallory Hammond. The final bid was $340.
Two additional items were auctioned off during the opening event to benefit the FFA scholarships which will be given to three seniors in May. Tim Aiken, president of Union Bank, Inc., bought the Scholarship Ham for $650; Sancho Oil and Gas Corporation purchased the Scholarship Bacon for $775. The items were exhibited by Rheanna Foley and Emily Wells, respectively.
In 2010, the Tyler County sale grossed $42,745.60; exceeding the previous year’s total of $34,386.70.
This year, the sale grossed approxinately $44,315.