People make 4-H/FFA Fair a success

What makes the Jackson County Fair such a success?   Undoubtedly one of the reasons is something we call "knowing the territory."  
    
As we were in search of information for another story, we came across the 1985 Jackson County 4-H/FFA Swine/Poultry Auction documentation. And at the top of the page in 1985 were the names of the auctioneers-Ron Anderson and Stan Deupree. Those were the same two auctioneers at the 2008 Swine and Poultry Auction on July 16.

Ringmen in 1985: John Dimick, Rick Anderson, Gary Bedell and Bob
Fisher.  Ringmen in 2008 – John Dimick, Rick Anderson, Gary Bedell, Bob
Fisher and three others.
   
If you attended the Buyers BBQ
prior to the Swine auction, you know Phyliss Caldwell was in charge. If
you attended in 1985, it was Phyllis Caldwell who was the chairperson
for the barbecue.
   
Ann Manlove was the 4-H & Youth
Extension Agent in 1985 and continues to hold that position in 2008.
The name of Mel Morris was on the 1985 list of those in charge of
various things. That year he was one of the cooks, on the auction
committee and was also one of the FFA leaders from Eagle Point High
School. Kim Kiser, now retired from Phoenix as an FFA instructor, had
similar credentials in 1985 and this year was the BBQ Superintendent.
   
These
are all people who have spent at least 23 years at the Jackson County
Fair, and probably for many of them, far more years than that. They
know the process. They know the community. They know the buyers.  They
know and care. And yes, they help make the 4-H/FFA portion of the
Jackson County Fair a huge success because "they know the territory."
   
In
1985, there were 11 processors, buy back was 47 cents a pound (this
year it was 50 cents.) Kill price varied from $12 to $15 (this year it
was $50 to $60). Cut and wrap was anywhere from 17 cents to 25 cents
and this year it ran 50 to 55 cents a pound. Smoking and curing 23
years ago was 22-25 cents and this year that figure was 60 to 70 cents
per pound.
There were 182 hogs in the auction in 1985 whereas this
year there were 206. This year starting with #95, they were grouped
together for selling purposes and therefore it appears there were only
150 swine.
   
In 1985, they did not have a Junior Livestock
Committee. This year there were 12 students on that committee,
including some from Eagle Point High School.
   
In 1985 the
246 lb. Grand Champion went for $5.50 lb. and was purchased by Sherm’s
Food for Less. Foley Roads purchased the Reserve Grand Champion 244 lb.
pig for $2.70 a pound. Both continue to be strong supporters of the
youth of our county. In 1985 most of the swine sold for around a $1.30
a pound. This year the average price was $4.62 a pound. Additional
information on this year’s prices will be found with photographs in
this issue.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent

 

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