Records set at Allen County 4H auction
Nearly 325 for a turkey. $125 for a chicken.
No, they’re not supermarket prices.
They’re prices paid Monday at this year’s Allen County 4H livestock auction at the Allen County Fairgrounds.
The money came from friends, relatives and corporate buyers who want to encourage young farmers-to-be to continue their interest in raising animals -- in some cases by padding their college funds.
Nearly 150 entries, from rabbits to steers and swine to goats raised by young 4H members were brought into the ring to be auctioned. It’s a midsummer ritual that’s been taking place for years to close out the Allen County Fair.
But this year, some of the prices were records -- for example, a male pig shown by Joel Arney of Fort Wayne, which was claimed for 1,300 more than the previous record for pigs set in 2016.
How to explain the price? “I have a whole lot of people who want to see me do well next year,” said Arney, 19, a graduate of Carroll High School.
In his last year in 4H and headed to Manchester University in a few short weeks, Arney said the money to buy the pig came from the common practice of relatives, friends and parental business associates pooling funds to buy an animal.
The money is often used to help a 4H-er along the road to higher education, he said.
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