4-H reports record-high livestock sales at fair
As summer comes to its final month, Putnam 4-H has completed two of its biggest programs out of the 4-H year: Putnam County 4-H Camp and the Putnam County Fair.
The Putnam 4-H Camp, held from June 23-27 at Camp Virgil Tate in Charleston, hosted 145 of the finest campers from the Putnam and surrounding communities. Campers dove into the activity-filled camp with tribal meetings, field meet and various service oriented activities.
To start off the holiday themed camp, each camper made a new camp resolution as to how they were going to make it the best camping experience. They participated in a canned food drive and construction contest, out of which more than 700 food items were donated to the Christian Community Cupboard in Hurricane, and celebrated "All American Monday" by writing thank you notes to active duty soldiers. To add onto that, the $435 generated from the camp's "snack shack" was also donated to the Way of the Cross food pantry of Elkview.
The Putnam 4-H Camp not only received funding from the Putnam County Commission and the Putnam County Board of Education, but also a generous grant generated from Walmart. With these major contributors, camp was fully funded. Also, because of the sponsorships from 4-H alumni, numerous youth were able to come to camp with the available assistance.
The final council circle ended with smiles, hugs, and tears as the numerous scholarships and honors were awarded and the final good-byes said, the cars slowly made their way out of gates of Camp Virgil Tate with the campers thinking of what next year's camp would bring.
2013 Putnam Fair results
The Putnam County Fair week sailed by with similar smoothness as the 4-H camp. Twenty-eight 4-H exhibitors will proudly show off their exhibits from their 4-H exhibits at the West Virginia State Fair in Lewisburg, W.Va. The livestock auction summed up the week with some record breaking prices and the most generated at a total of $303,289.11.
All but 3 percent from the livestock sales goes back to the youth who worked hard to present a great overall meat product; this also excludes the participants of the Special Lamb Program as the sale profits are split three ways to help pay for next year's sheep and needed supplies.
On behalf of the Putnam 4-H and FFA programs, we thank the following 76 businesses and individuals who came and purchased an animal and supported the youth of Putnam County 4-H and FFA at the Putnam County Fair livestock sale:
Absten & Sons, LLC, Acres of Payne Farm, Alarm Systems Pro LLC, Appalachian Railcar Service, Bobby's Bar & Grill, Buffalo Drug, Buffalo Tiger Mart #184, Casto Farm Store, Cedar Branch Farms, Cedar Knoll Farms, Chapman Funeral Home, Circuit Clerk, Circuit Judge, Conner Photography, Cross & Sons Farm Equipment, Cross Creek Auction, LLC, Cross Lanes Veterinary Hospital,
Dale Stone, Dandy Don's Heating & Air Conditioning, Deer Leggs, Double Z Farm, Eleanor Tire & Service, Eleanor Tire & Service, Farley's Farm, Farm Credit of the Virginias, First State Bank, Flora's Concrete, Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, Gibson Builders, H&H Ranch and Rodeo, Haven of Rest Cemetery, HBF Holding LLC, Heritage Bus Sales, Hilltop Meats, LLC,
I-77 Ford, Jackson Co. Regional Livestock Market, Jacob and Vanessa Stone, Jeanne K. Bailey DDS, John Amos Power Plant, Jonathan McCallister, Kim Hayson, Kitchens Unlimited, Leon General Store, Melton Farm, Midway Ford, Mountaineer Lawns & Gardens, Moye Law Office, Nelsons Custom Meat, Processing & Smokehouse,
Parkline Inc., Phillip Stowers Putnam County Judge, Poca Valley Bank, Poca Valley Financial, Precisioned Components, Prim Law Firm, Putnam County Assessor, Putnam County Bank, R&E Hardwoods, Raynes Funeral Home, Real Tree Tree Service, Riverside Café LLC, Roger Goldizen,
Shady Maple Farms, Summit Farm Supply, Tammy's Country Kitchen, Teays Center & Yeager Land LLC, Teays River Construction Co., The Summit Electric Group, Triple L. Farm, United Producers Livestock, Valley Brook Concrete and Supply, Inc., West Virginia Paving Inc., Whitt's Farm Supply, Whitt's Limousin Farm, Wiseman Excavating, Yauger Farm Supply, Yeager Insurance & Financial Services.