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One of the three major events late Saturday afternoon at the Farm Fair was the 4-H Livestock Sale and Auction.

Elected officials, including Dels. Donna Stifler and Wayne Norman, Harford County Executive David Craig, County Council President Billy Boniface, and State Sen. Barry Glassman, were on hand, and some of them took part in the auction, with their winning bids going back to the 4-H club.

The proceedings began at 5:10 p.m., with a handful of scholarships awarded to local youths in the 4-H program, and by 5:30, all seats were taken and spectators and bidders alike crowded around the pavilion to take in the action.

The biggest highlight of the event came right off the bat, with the opening bidding for Melissa Grimmel’s grand champion steer, which weighed in at 1,324 pounds.

Grimmel, whose victories at this year’s fair marked her fifth straight year with a grand champion livestock in her ranks, took home the Triple Crown, and was awarded a plaque by Farm Fair and 4-H officials for her hard work and dedication.

Her grand champion steer ($5,296), grand champion hog ($1,419) and grand champion lamb ($932) were all up for auction, each fetching excellent prices en route to an auction that was widely praised as a resounding success, raising more than $168,000.

The auctioning action began to heat up during the opening bidding, with auctioneer Ben Rigdon revving up the crowd and sending playful jeers at the politicians and market owners, including Giant Foods and ShopRite in the crowd, each of which engaged in bidding wars with one another throughout the evening, adding to the excitement.

“You know you want to take home a piece of history, so make some noise out there!” Rigdon jeered, eliciting laughs from the crowd throughout the event. “The steer comes complete with the awarded banner as well! Eyes up front, Donna [Stifler] — the bidding’s up here!”

Curious spectators, who trailed in and out of the auction during the evening, were treated to some good-natured ribbing from elected officials and looked to be having a good time.

“This is my first time at an auction, but I thought they’d be more stoic and boring than this,” Aaron Roaf, 28, of Belcamp, said. “I also didn’t know you could buy your own goat for 150 bucks. I might have to pitch my hat in the ring next year.”


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