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Ham, Bacon, Egg, Bread Show & Sale Yields $60,350

By Staff | Mar 13, 2019

Photos by Shane Matthews Pictured are children of the late Jim and Thelma Ash, who were instrumental in the growth of the FFA program in Tyler County. Pictured are Paula Keplinger, Robert Bruce Ash, William Brent Ash, Bradley James Ash, Bryan Ervin Ash, and Pamela Kay Moore.

The 69th annual Tyler County Ham, Bacon, Egg, Bread Show and Sale yielded $60,350, while $7,791 was raised for an inaugural Jim & Thelma Ash Tyler FFA Alumni Scholarship. The fund honors the late Jim and Thelma Ash, who were an instrumental part of the growth of FFA in Tyler County, and throughout the state. Jim Ash was the respected Middlebourne FFA Advisor from 1962-1989. He was a West Virginia FFA Foundation Officer, West Virginia FFA Alumni Lifetime Member, Tyler Consolidated Agricultural Education Program Advisory Committee Officer and Tyler FFA Alumni Charter Member.

Under Jim Ash’s watch, several of his advisees went on to obtain State FFA Degrees, American FFA Degrees, Proficiency Awards, and more. Several FFA members also went on to have success at the WV State Ham and Bacon show, as well as serve as WV State FFA Officers. At the Saturday, March 9 event, it was noted Thelma’s support of the county FFA program included the creation of the original Tyler FFA Alumni Banner.

Jim and Thelma Ash’s children – Bradley James Ash, Paula Marie Keplinger, Robert Bruce Ash, Bryan Ervin Ash, Pamela Kay Moore, and William Brent Ash, along with their families, were present at the March 9 sale.

Notably, the Ash family were the 2019 purchasers of the Tyler FFA Alumni Scholarship Ham and Bacon. The Tyler FFA Alumni Scholarship Ham sold for $1,300, while the Tyler FFA Alumni Scholarship Bacon sold for $1,250.

Tyler West was exhibitor of the 23.9-pound Grand Champion Ham, which sold for $50 per pound ($1,195) to Momentive Performance Materials. Jonus Glover exhibited the 23.5-pound Reserve Champion Ham, which sold for $47 per pound ($1,104.50) to Long Reach Federal Credit Union.

Meanwhile, Garrett Ammons exhibited the Grand Champion Bacon, which sold for $107 per pound, at 7.3 pounds ($781.10), to Ohio Valley Indian Motorcycle. Lunden Wagner was exhibitor of the Reserve Champion Bacon, which sold for $88 per pound, at 8.9 pounds ($783.20), to Tribune Resources/Brent Vanderhoff.

Lunden Wagner was top exhibitor for eggs, capturing the Grand and Reserve Champion titles. The Grand Champion Eggs sold for $900 to David Bowyer, while the Reserve Champion Eggs were purchased for $675 to Linda Hoover.

Nick Spencer’s Grand Champion Bread sold for $700 to Blue Racer, while Country Roads Ford purchased Elizabeth Paden’s Reserve Champion Bread for $500.

A total of 65 smoked country cured hams, 65 smoked country cured bacons, 10 dozen farm fresh eggs, and 10 loaves of homemade bread were auctioned at the 1 p.m. sale, which was preceded by a buyer dinner.

Registered buyers were as follows: Derrick Rine, Perkins Oil & Gas, Perkins Supply, Fred Glover, Mcdonalds Restaurant, Zoetis, Schupbach Used Cars, Wable Ford, Inc., Merle Chaplin, Josh Leek, Seckman Farm, PJ Wright, 84 Packing Company, Tribune Resources/Brent Vanderhoff, D.K. Baker Trucking, Steve and Tracy Bell, Donnie Seckman II, Nick Beaver, Robert Phillips, Joe R Pyle Auction, Mitch Wilcox, Morris Trucking & Excavating, Rusty Keplinger, Hadley Farms, Alf Riggs, Mike Smith (Tyler County Commissioner), Country Road Store/Marcy Hair, Watson Farm, Ridge 2 River Realty, Tyler County Commissioners, WesBanco, Tyler County Farm Bureau, Dorman Ash, Lisa Jackson (Tyler County Assessor), Mike Griffin (Tyler County Magistrate), Linda Hoover, D and L Trailer Sales, Don Williamson and Mike Sherwood, Union Bank,Inc., Farm Credit, Robert Keller (Keller Farm), Mitch and Jonay Corley, Lakeside General Store, Neil Archer II (Tyler County Clerk), David Smith, Mary Dotson (Tyler County Magistrate), Jessica Kehrer, Baker and Son’s Farm, Main Street Quick Stop, Goff Farm, Bill Woodburn (County Roads Mineral), Delegate David Kelly, David Lemasters, James R. Stewart, Witscheys Market, Dave Roberts, Long Reach Federal Credit Union, Anderson Farms (Steve Anderson), Blue Racer Midstream, Heritage Co-Op, Tim Spencer (Spencer Farm), Chris Metz (State Farm), Doaks Greenhouse, Hometown Racing Association, Chandler Anderson, Luke Furbee (Tyler County Prosecuting Attorney), Jerry Williams, Dennis Strode, Brad Ash, Shannon Huffman, Tyler County Fair Association, Gary W. Crislip, Paul Strickland, New Martinsville Supply, Mike George (Hurst Apt.), Rodney Hayes, West Union Bank, Mike and Jane Glover, Mike Huffman, Brian Weigle (Tyler County Sheriff), Ralph Thomas, Antero, State Ridge Farms, DAC Energy LLC, Hickman Farms LLC, Tom Langsdorf, Richard Gorrell, Tallman Hill Farm, Pamela Moore, Bruce Ash, Kenny Paden, Josh Paden, David Bowyer, Shellie Pekula, Farmer’s Exchange, Momentive Performance, Brent Ash, Tonya Eddy, George Eddy, Ohio Valley Indian Motorcycle, Randy Murray, Country Roads Ford, Lloyd Carl Seckman, Jeff Ash, Gary Hamilton, Inc., Meckley Farms, Mountain Valley Vet Clinic, PJ Wells (Tyler County Board of Education), Shane and Lauren Matthews, Bryan Ash, Candice Wilson (Cottrell’s Cars Inc.), JC Kimble, Garnet Stephens, Deanna Ammons, and Jace Glover.

Exhibitors were the following: Tyler West, Garrett Ammons, Lunden Wagner, Nick Spencer, Jonus Glover, Elizabeth Paden, Shauna Riggs, Victoria Yost, Nathanial Davis, Austin Craven, Melissa Chapman, Emma Paden, Katelyn Greathouse, Breauna Anderson, Abby Myers, Braden Greathouse, Creed Ammons, Whitney Cooper, Connor Greathouse, Zach Yost, Naomi Mathers, Braden Rine, Issiah Lewis, Kelsi Vandruff, David Smith, Madison Spencer, Gage Huffman, Gavin Morris, Madison Craven, and Olyvia Myers.

Donations to the Jim and Thelma Ash Tyler FFA Alumni Scholarship Fund were made by Lisa Jackson (Tyler County Assessor), D&L Trailer, Linda Hoover, Farm Credit, Mitch Wilcox, Ridge 2 River Realty, Jeff Ash, Michael and Jane Glover, DAC Energy, WesBanco, Gary and Teresa Hamilton, and Karl and Judy Rine, Marie and Ardell Howell.

The following individuals/organizations donated their purchases back to the Tyler FFA Alumni Scholarship or Tyler FFA funds: Ridge 2 River Realty (Tyler FFA), Tyler County Commissioners (Scholarship Fund), Farm Credit (Scholarship Fund), Delegate David Kelly (Scholarship Fund), Chris Metz (Tyler FFA), DAC Energy (Tyler FFA), Antero (Scholarship Fund), Momentive (Scholarship Fund), Perkins Oil & Gas (Scholarship Fund), Perkins Supply (Scholarship Fund).

One would be very much remiss in not including Joe R. Pyle Auctions, which provided the services for the March 9 sale. Also, Farm Credit of the Virginias provided the bidder cards for the event, while Heritage Country Store provided the bags for the meat. 84 Packing was acknowledged for its butcher services, while Union Bank President Tim Aiken was acknowledged for providing ribbons for the exhibits.

Natasha Robinson, of Union College in Kentucky, and John Smith, Magnolia High School Agriculture Instructor, were thanked for judging the hams and bacons.

Tyler Consolidated High School Principal Kent Yoho was thanked for providing the facilities for the show and sale, while Robin Daquilante, Superintendent of Tyler County Schools, was thanked for being supportive of the ham and bacon show and sale process.