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More than 308 animals up for sale at Fayette Livestock Auction

Kim Stepinsky | For the Daily Courier - Brandon Show (from left) feeds the swine, while Nicole Ainsley of Normalville, and her York X Reserve Grand Champion swine, weighing 265 pounds and selling for $12.50 per pound, poses with 2013 Fayette County Fair Queen Morgan Hollowood of Dawson, and buyers representing Harry's Custom Meats, Elizabeth Dice, 6, Harry Dice, Renee Dice and Rebecca Dice, 3, at the 2013 Fayette County 4-H Livestock Auction, held at the Fayette County Fair on Friday evening, August 2, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Kim Stepinsky  |  For the Daily Courier</em></div>Brandon Show (from left) feeds the swine, while Nicole Ainsley of Normalville, and her York X Reserve Grand Champion swine, weighing 265 pounds and selling for $12.50 per pound, poses with 2013 Fayette County Fair Queen Morgan Hollowood of Dawson, and buyers representing Harry's Custom Meats, Elizabeth Dice, 6, Harry Dice, Renee Dice and Rebecca Dice, 3, at the 2013 Fayette County 4-H Livestock Auction, held at the Fayette County Fair on Friday evening, August 2, 2013.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Daily Courier - Scott Gardner (right) of Grindstone, with his Grand Champion Maine X steer, weighing 1,290 pounds and selling for $11 per pound, with (from left), buyer, Tom Jamieson of Walnut Hill Shop' n Save, Fayette County Fair Queen Morgan Hollowood, 18, of Dawson, and 2013 Fayette County Fair Princess Lyndsey Butler, 19, of Bullskin Township, at the 2013 Fayette County 4-H Livestock Auction, held at the Fayette County Fair on Friday evening, August 2, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Kim Stepinsky  |  For the Daily Courier</em></div>Scott Gardner (right) of Grindstone, with his Grand Champion Maine X steer, weighing 1,290 pounds and selling for $11 per pound, with (from left), buyer, Tom Jamieson of Walnut Hill Shop' n Save, Fayette County Fair Queen Morgan Hollowood, 18, of Dawson, and 2013 Fayette County Fair Princess Lyndsey Butler, 19, of Bullskin Township, at the 2013 Fayette County 4-H Livestock Auction, held at the Fayette County Fair on Friday evening, August 2, 2013.
Kim Stepinsky | for the Tribune-Review - Jessica Butler (right) of Dawson, with her Reserve Grand Champion Maine X steer, weighing 1,330 pounds and selling for $5 per pound, with (from left), 2013 Fayette County Fair Princess Lyndsey Butler, 19, of Bullskin Township, 2013 Fayette County Fair Queen Morgan Hollowood, 18, of Dawson, and buyer Rich Walkos, representing Bill's Bit Service, at the 2013 Fayette County 4-H Livestock Auction, held at the Fayette County Fair on Friday evening, August 2, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Kim Stepinsky  |  for the Tribune-Review</em></div>Jessica Butler (right) of Dawson, with her Reserve Grand Champion Maine X steer, weighing 1,330 pounds and selling for $5 per pound, with (from left), 2013 Fayette County Fair Princess Lyndsey Butler, 19, of Bullskin Township, 2013 Fayette County Fair Queen Morgan Hollowood, 18, of Dawson, and  buyer Rich Walkos, representing Bill's Bit Service, at the 2013 Fayette County 4-H Livestock Auction, held at the Fayette County Fair on Friday evening, August 2, 2013.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Daily Courier - Nick Gardner (kneeling) of Grindstone, and his grand champion Boer X goat, weighing 90 pounds and selling for $50 per pound, is shown with (from left), buyer representing Joe Hardy, Sean Eckman, 2013 Fayette County Fair Queen Morgan Hollowood, 18, of Dawson, buyer representing Joe Hardy, Brent Wertz, and buyer representing Joe Hardy, Paul Haines, at the 2013 Fayette County 4-H Livestock Auction, held at the Fayette County Fair on Friday evening, August 2, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Kim Stepinsky  |  For the Daily Courier</em></div>Nick Gardner (kneeling) of Grindstone, and his grand champion Boer X goat, weighing 90 pounds and selling for $50 per pound, is shown with (from left), buyer representing Joe Hardy, Sean Eckman, 2013 Fayette County Fair Queen Morgan Hollowood, 18, of Dawson, buyer representing Joe Hardy, Brent Wertz, and buyer representing Joe Hardy, Paul Haines, at the 2013 Fayette County 4-H Livestock Auction, held at the Fayette County Fair on Friday evening, August 2, 2013.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Daily Courier - Jaden Bushmire (front) of Connellsville, and his Reserve Grand Champion Boer X goat, weighing 84 pounds and selling for $7 per pound, with (from left), Fayette County Fair Queen Morgan Hollowood, 18, of Dawson, and buyer representing C&C Services, Chris Jordan, at the 2013 Fayette County 4-H Livestock Auction, held at the Fayette County Fair on Friday evening, August 2, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Kim Stepinsky  |  For the Daily Courier</em></div>Jaden Bushmire (front) of Connellsville, and his Reserve Grand Champion Boer X goat, weighing 84 pounds and selling for $7 per pound, with (from left), Fayette County Fair Queen Morgan Hollowood, 18, of Dawson, and buyer representing C&C Services, Chris Jordan, at the 2013 Fayette County 4-H Livestock Auction, held at the Fayette County Fair on Friday evening, August 2, 2013.
Kim Stepinsky | for the Tribune-Review - Tiffany Johnson (right) of Melcroft, with her Grand Champion Hamp X lamb, weighing 137 pounds and selling for $16 per pound, with (from left), buyer representing Joe Hardy, Sean Eckman, Fayette County Fair Queen Morgan Hollowood, 18, of Dawson, 2013 Fayette County Fair Princess Lyndsey Butler, 19, of Bullskin Township, buyer representing Joe Hardy, Brent Wertz, and buyer representing Joe Hardy, Paul Haines, (kneeling), at the 2013 Fayette County 4-H Livestock Auction, held at the Fayette County Fair on Friday evening, August 2, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Kim Stepinsky  |  for the Tribune-Review</em></div>Tiffany Johnson (right) of Melcroft, with her  Grand Champion Hamp X lamb, weighing 137 pounds and selling for $16 per pound, with (from left), buyer representing Joe Hardy, Sean Eckman, Fayette County Fair Queen Morgan Hollowood, 18, of Dawson, 2013 Fayette County Fair Princess Lyndsey Butler, 19, of Bullskin Township, buyer representing Joe Hardy, Brent Wertz, and buyer representing Joe Hardy, Paul Haines, (kneeling), at the 2013 Fayette County 4-H Livestock Auction, held at the Fayette County Fair on Friday evening, August 2, 2013.
Kim Stepinsky | for the Tribune-Review - Gina Shaffer (right) of White, with her Reserve Grand Champion Hamp X lamb, weighing 129 pounds and selling for $30 per pound, with (from left) Fayette County Fair Queen Morgan Hollowood, 18, of Dawson; 2013 Fayette County Fair Princess Lyndsey Butler, 19, of Bullskin Township; and buyer representing Perry Stone, John Joseph, at the 2013 Fayette County 4-H Livestock Auction, held at the Fayette County Fair on Friday.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Kim Stepinsky  |  for the Tribune-Review</em></div>Gina Shaffer (right) of White, with her Reserve Grand Champion Hamp X lamb, weighing 129 pounds and selling for $30 per pound, with (from left) Fayette County Fair Queen Morgan Hollowood, 18, of Dawson; 2013 Fayette County Fair Princess Lyndsey Butler, 19, of Bullskin Township; and buyer representing Perry Stone, John Joseph, at the 2013 Fayette County 4-H Livestock Auction, held at the Fayette County Fair on Friday.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Daily Courier - Brandon Show (right), feeds the swine, while 2013 Fayette County Fair Queen Morgan Hollowood (second from right) of Dawson and her Grand Champion Market Swine, weighing 277 pounds and selling for $25 per pound, poses with buyers representing Ciacie Energy, Ciera Joseph, (back), 7, and Gracie Joseph, 5, at the 2013 Fayette County 4-H Livestock Auction, held at the Fayette County Fair on Friday evening, August 2, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Kim Stepinsky  | For the Daily Courier</em></div>Brandon Show (right), feeds the swine, while 2013 Fayette County Fair Queen Morgan Hollowood (second from right) of Dawson and her Grand Champion Market Swine, weighing 277 pounds and selling for $25 per pound, poses with buyers representing Ciacie Energy, Ciera Joseph, (back), 7, and Gracie Joseph, 5, at the 2013 Fayette County 4-H Livestock Auction, held at the Fayette County Fair on Friday evening, August 2, 2013.

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Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, 1:01 a.m.
 

Approximately 308 animals went up for sale at the 2013 Fayette County Livestock Auction on Friday.

This year marked the fourth grand champion for Scott Gardner, 17, of Grindstone, who has been participating in 4-H for 10 years.

Gardner's 1,290-pound market steer was sold to Jamieson Shop ‘n Save at $11 per pound, totaling $14,190.

Gardner said there's no big secret to raising a grand champion. It involves finding a good steer, feeding it right and working hard, which he doesn't mind at all.

“I enjoy every single minute of it,” he said, adding he never thought when he first started 4-H that he would have that much success.

While Gardner is not looking forward to next year being his last year in 4-H, he said he will continue to show pigs across the country for the next few years and might like to be an animal breeder after college.

“I'd like to stay involved as much as I can,” he said.

The 1,330-pound reserve grand champion steer of Jessica Butler of Dawson was purchased by Bill's Bit Service at $5 a pound, totaling $6,650.

Morgan Hollowood, 18, of Dawson had a particularly memorable fair.

Not only did she have the grand champion market swine, but was also crowned the Fayette County Fair Queen.

“Not at all, did I think this would happen,” she said after she sold her 277-pound swine to Ciacie Energy for $25 a pound, totaling $6,925. “It's been fantastic since the beginning (of the fair).”

Hollowood, who's been in 4-H for nine years with one more year to go, also showed and sold a lamb and a steer this year.

For Hollowood, the swine was the most difficult of the three animals, but her first grand champion title made the hassle worthwhile.

Even though her two titles were a highlight of this year's fair, Hollowood said it was the simple things that made it memorable.

“I enjoyed spending time with my friends and family and showing,” she said.

The 265-pound reserve grand champion swine of Nicole Ainsley of Normalville was purchased by Harry's Custom Meats for $12.50 a pound, totaling $3,312.50.

Friday's auction kicked off with the sale of the 90-pound grand champion market goat of Nick Gardner, 15, of Grindstone, an eight-year 4-H member.

This year was Nick Gardner's first year showing a goat at the Fayette County Fair. He has won grand champion for steers and pigs in the past. He is the brother of Scott Gardner.

His goat was sold to Joe Hardy at $50 a pound, totaling $4,500.

“I was extremely surprised,” Nick Gardner said.

Based on the success of his goat project this year, Nick Gardner, who also showed a lamb, pig and steer this year, said he will absolutely show a goat next year. He favors raising and showing goats second to raising pigs.

He will also show a goat and pig at this year's state farm.

And as for raising and showing goats, pigs, steers or any animal, Nick Gardner said there's no big secret.

“You start with a good one, work your butt off and hope for the best,” he said.

The 84-pound reserve grand champion market goat of Jaden Bushmire of Connellsville was sold to C&C Services for $7 a pound, totaling $588.

The 137-pound grand champion market lamb of Tiffany Johnson, 15, of Melcroft was sold to Joe Hardy for $16 a pound for a total of $2,192.

Johnson, who has been in 4-H for seven years, had reserve grand champions for the last two years and this year showed that the third time was a charm with her first grand champion.

“It feels pretty good,” she said. Since she joined 4-H, she always wanted to have a grand champion lamb and would watch how the grand champion winners would show their animals to learn how to show hers better.

Johnson said she didn't do anything different this year with her lamb and doesn't plan on doing anything different for the lambs, and only lambs, she's going to show in the future.

“Lambs are the only thing I show,” she said. “Lambs are easier.”

The 129-pound reserve grand champion market lamb of Gina Shaffer of White was sold to Perry Stone LLC at $30 a pound, totaling $3,870.

Mark Hofmann is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-626-3539 or mhofmann@tribweb.com.

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