WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP | The power of youth was on display Thursday night during the 4-H Livestock Celebration Sale as community members came out in droves to show their support for hardworking kids.
While high-end swine sell for about $6 a pound or even $10 a pound, 11-year-old Grant Cavinder’s reserve champion Hampshire set a new record, going for a hog-sized $40 a pound, thanks to his grandparents who made the winning bid, and a good sport who helped to raise that bid in an exciting rally.
“It is really awesome!” said Cavinder, a three-year member of 4-H who says he has worked hard all year to raise the swine. He credited his little sister, 6-year-old Analysa Miller, and two cousins, Ashley Miller and Kendra Miller, all of Kouts, with helping.
“As soon as I woke up in the morning I would check the pigs, feed them, water them, spray them when it got hot, and do that again after school,” Cavinder said.
Family, friends, and the community showed their support for all 4-Hers during the auction as groups pooled their resources to make winning bids.
Katy Rust, a county women’s leader with the Porter County Farm Bureau, Inc., said her company comes out to show support for their members’ children who are involved in livestock projects.
“We back 4-H kids in just about everything and we like to spread the wealth. We participated at the food auction last night and tonight we are bidding on the swine, the poultry, and the cattle. We like to show we care,” Rust said.
Long-time supporter Dr. Lonnie Ailes was bidding with his combined group of doctors, as were many prominent companies, local politicians and organizers.
“It has been a wonderful fair this year. With the cooler weather tonight, everyone is in a great mood and we are setting quite a few new records. There are so many people coming together to make this happen,” said Martha Sharp, auction sales coordinator who is also a former 10-year member of 4-H.
“When you have a great experience like the kids are having tonight it makes you want to just keep giving back,” she said.