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Auction Concludes Palo Alto County Fair

By Staff | Jul 29, 2008

AUCTION CLOSES PALO ALTO COUNTY FAIR - The 2008 Palo Alto County Fair closed out Sunday with the annual All-Premium Auction in the show pavilion. Exhibitors, such as Kelsey Hurley of Curlew, brought their projects through the auction ring for the premium sale, which raised a total of $27,645 for the exhibitors. A total of 70 premiums were sold for lambs, beef, dairy and swine entries to close out the fair. Results and photos from the 2008 Palo Alto County Fair can be found in a special section of this issue of The Reporter, and elsewhere in The Reporter. -- Dan Voigt photo

The 2008 edition of the Palo Alto County Fair came to a close Sunday with the annual All-Premium livestock auction in the historic Show Pavilion at the fairgrounds. Despite a brief, intense rainstorm over the noonhour, the auction came off without a hitch, due in a large part to the efforts of volunteer auctioneers Dan and Pat Vonnahme, Tom Eberle and Jay Bargman, and clerks Sarah Bonnstetter of the Iowa Trust and Savings Bank and Doug Welander of the Laurens State Bank.

A grand total of $27,645 was raised from the 70 premiums sold for the exhibitors, for an average premium of $394.93 per exhibitor.

Those numbers are very similar to the 2007 auction, which saw 86 premiums sold for a total of $27,995. an average of $325.52 for each 4-H and FFA exhibitor. As in past years, livestock is transported to packing plants and purchased at current market price by the various packers, with each exhibitor receiving the proceeds of those sales. The Fair’s All Premium Auction then gives each exhibitor an opportunity to pass through the auction ring one time with each species of project they bring to the fair, to receive a “Premium” for their work on their project.

Market Lamb Sale

A total of 13 exhibitors participated in the market lamb auction, receiving a total of $3,075 for their animals, an average premium of $236.54 per exhibitor, down slightly from the 2007 auction totals of $5,075 in premiums for an average of $253.75 per exhibitor.

Dustin Johnson of West Bend, exhibitor of the Supreme Champion Market Lamb, received a premium of $250 from the Wild Rose Casino and Resort. Brenda Nelson’s Supreme Reserve Champion Market Lamb earned a $225 premium from Algona Livestock and Lizer Livestock of Gowrie during the auction.

Lamb premiums ranged from a high of $425 to a premium of $200.

Dairy Sale

The nine dairy exhibitors would receive a total premium of $2,625 for an average of $291.67 per exhibitor, which is identical to the 200 fair premium auction results.

Cody Chapman of Ruthven exhibited the Overall Champion Dairy entry and received a premium of $350 from Energy Panel Systems (EPS) of Graettinger. Jordan Walker of Emmetsburg, who exhibited the Overall Reserve Champion Dairy entry, received a premium of $275 from the Emmetsburg Veterinary Clinic.

Premiums paid in the dairy auction ranged from $350 to $275.

Market Beef Sale

Premiums for the 34 exhibitors participating in the beef sale totaled $15,795 for an average of $464.56 per exhibitor. In the 2007 auction, a total premium of $13,535 was paid out, for an average of $355.18 per exhibitor.

Ashley Madsen of West Bend, the exhibitor of the Supreme Grand Champion Market Beef, received a premium of $500 from Algona Livestock and Madsen Trucking. The Supreme Reserve Champion calf, shown by Tommy Kuecker of Cylinder, received a premium of $450 from Chad Anderson Pioneer Seeds.

Fareway Stores of Emmetsburg purchased the premium of Shelby Gappa’s calf for $775 to set a high premium in the auction and premiums ranged from $250 to the $775 premium.

Market Swine Sale

For the 14 swine exhibitors, the premium auction raised $6,150, with an average of $439.29. For the 2007 auction, $6,760 in premiums were raised, or an average premium of $355.79.

Austin Bonnstetter’s Supreme Champion pig collected a premium of $500 from Bert Naig Construction, while the Supreme Reserve Champion hog, shown by Kyle Kassel of Ayrshire, sparked a bidding war that resulted in a high premium of $1,050 being paid by Tyler Bruch/Global Ag Investments and Elm Point Investment, which bumped up the average.

In the swine auction, premiums ranged from the high of $1,050 to $275 for the exhibitors.

Auction Buyers

The success of the all-premium auction is due completely to the ongoing support of auction buyer and booster groups along with individuals and businesses in the area.

One such auction buying group includes the Cylinder Merchants. Members of the group include the Iowa Trust and Savings Bank-Cylinder; Cylinder Lions, Cylinder RV, Inc., The Rack Shack, Reding Seed Sales, Weisbrod, Inc., JT Body Shop, Ohrtman Ag and the King Family Farm.

Other members of the Cylinder Merchants are Estee Fogarty, Steve and Chris Reding, Ritch and Cynthia Berkland, Ernie Williams, Ltd., Tom Eischen Sales, Whittemore Truck and Trailer, Elbert Chevrolet, Whittemore Frozen Foods, Hi-Tech Recycling, Jerry and Kathy Strand and Bonnstetter Auto Body.

Members of the Emmetsburg Auction Boosters cooperative buying group purchasing premiums on the livestock exhibited at the fair included Poet Biorefining-Emmetsburg, Wells Fargo Bank, Ag Processing, Food Pride, Iowa Trust and Savings Bank, Hughes Pharmacy and the Building Centers. Also participating in the Emmetsburg Auction Boosters were the Mansmith Pharmacy, Financial Center, Glass Shop, Global Investments LLC, Handeland Chiropractic, Hardware Hank, Hughes, Brennan and Wirtz, Jensvold Motors, Johnson Realty and the Laurens State Bank.

Other members of the Emmetsburg Auction Boosters cooperative group included the Martin-Mattice Funeral home, Mehan, Holland & Central Financial Group, NAPA Auto Parts, Pizza Ranch, Saxton’s Greenhouse and Flowers, Family Vision Care-Dr. Dean VerMulm and Wentzel’s True Value-Just Ask Rental. Rounding out the Auction Boosters were Skyjack Manufacturing, Stanley Propane, Subway, Emmetsburg Collision, Emmetsburg Building and Supply, Hersom Commodities and the Emmetsburg Chiropractic Clinic.

Also purchasing livestock were several individuals and businesses from around the area, including the Wild Rose Casino and Resort, Bob Vonnahme Moorman Feeds, Northwest Livestock, Emmetsburg Veterinary Clinic, Energy Panel Structures, Mallard Veterinary Clinic and Spencer Agronomy Services. Also buying premiums in the auction were Chad Anderson Pioneer Seeds, Fareway Stores, Kerber Milling, Senator Jack Kibbie, Roumaine Ruppert, Bert Naig Construction, State Representative Marcie Frevert, Nesheim Insurance, Jim Harvey, Dan Nesheim, Banwart Trucking, Christenson Family Farms, Algona Livestock, West Iowa Bank, Ruthven Meat Processors, Heartland Livestock, Jeff Grossnickle, Elm Point Investments, Jerry Wickman, Brown Club Lambs, Madsen Trucking, Kirk Wagner, Greg Bernhardt, Pat Kibbie, Jim Kibbie, Don and Sandy Prillip, Ron Mader, Bob Reiman, Bill Gappa, Lizer Livestock and Mike Wentzel-Farmers National Companies.