By Tressa Walton

On July 1, 2018 the Ribbon Auction was held at the Benton County Fair and it was one of their best years yet!  That was all in part to wonderful buyers in our surrounding area and county!  More than $30,000 was raised in just a few short hours by the ribbon auction when including the diary baskets auctioned off.

Swine Ribbons raised a total of $10,375 on 28 kids.  Swine buyers included-Atkins Savings Bank, Brian Carlson Crop Insurance, Fareway, McKenna Lawn & Landscape, Linn Coop, P&K Midwest, Jeremy & Holly Reiling, Coots Materials, Interstate Grain Service, Watkins Savings Bank, Hills Bank, Shawn Kreutner Seed, Schanbacher Seed, Tama Benton Co-op, Hanson Carlson Seed, Schminke Seeds, US Bank, and Paul & Becky Herger.

Sheep and Goat Ribbons raised a total of $16,040 and had 35 exhibitors auction their ribbon.  Sheep and Goat supporters buying a ribbon included- Atkins Savings Bank, Bob Hanson Pioneer, Coots Materials, Dennis Karr Trucking, Double A Show Goats, Hills Bank, Kaestner Seeds, LLC, Kollmorgen, Schlue & Zahradnik, PC, Niles Bierschenk Family, Northeast Security Bank, P&K Midwest, Schanbacher Seeds, Schminke Genetics, Spence Fertilizer, Tama-Benton Co-op, US Bank, Vajgrt Cattle Company, Wade Wilson, & Wilson-Hite Insurance.

Rabbit Ribbons raised a total of $3020.00 on 15 ribbons that were auctioned off.  Rabbit buyers included – DBE Livestock, Farmers Savings Bank & Trust, Fareway, Hills Bank, Interstate Grain, Keystone Savings Bank, Caroline Lang, Linn Coop, Northeast Security Bank, Ben & Hanna Railsback, and Watkins Savings Bank.

Again a big THANK YOU To all those who support our youth and agriculture at our County Fair.  These kids had their day made by your support.  We would like to thank all the help in the ring with bids and especially auctioneer Naomi Foshe for the wonderful job she did.   We are lucky to have such a supportive community to give all of our youth a chance to show what they have learned and reward their hard work on their projects throughout the year.  THANK YOU!!!