All for the kids

More than 300 registered to support Junior Fair sale

Melanie Yingst -

TROY — As the bids ran up, the tears came down during the annual Miami County Junior Fair Livestock sale on Thursday morning.

More than 300 local businesses, organizations and individuals came out to show their support for the hundreds of 4-H exhibitors who raise livestock projects each year for the county fair.

Ron Erwin representing Erwin Chrysler Dodge Jeep in Troy passed out hats to those lucky 4-H members who came up to thank him and his son Matt for their support after their sales. Erwin said his business has support the junior fair sale for 40 plus years.

“We’re helping the 4-H kids. We know they work hard to raise these animals,” Erwin said. “Troy’s been good to us and it looks like the fair has done pretty well this year.”

Sitting next to the Erwins was Jennifer Honeyman representing U.S. Bank.

Honeyman said she has helped U.S. Bank purchase market animals at the Junior Fair auction for the last seven years.

“It’s all about the kids,” she said. “They work so hard to put these projects together and it’s so bittersweet.”

Troy’s Excellence in Dentistry showed their support throughout the day with Dr. Mark Bentley D.D.S. and his wife Linda in attendance throughout the whole day.

Linda Bentley shared how the local dental practice has supported the junior fair for approximately 40 years as well.

“I trained him to be a farmer when he moved here — he was a city boy. I grew up with 4-H,” she said. “It wouldn’t feel right not to be here.”

Each one of the supporters are recognized by the annual Miami County Agricultural Society’s banner, which hangs in the Duke Lundgard building on the fairgrounds.

Due to the state poultry ban, exhibitors brought in their poster displays for buyers.

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More than 300 registered to support Junior Fair sale

Melanie Yingst