When it came time to decide on a senior project, a graduation requirement at Forest Hills High School, Tiffany Ringler didn’t have to think long on how she could complete that requirement and benefit her fellow 4-H members.
She decided to raise a market pig and donate it to the livestock auction as the scholarship pig. As part of her project, Tiffany had to obtain the pig and handle the usual expenses and chores.
Don Boes donated the feeder pig, which was appropriately named Ranger, after the school mascot. The feed was donated by the Ken Turgeon family, and Tiffany’s family members assisted with the day-to-day care.
When Ranger entered the ring, bidders were enthusiastic, posting bids at $50 with the final bidder taking home the hog. After 122 bids, Craig Mazzarese, owner of Craig Mazz’s Pizza of Portage, was the successful owner. A total of $6,100 was raised for the scholarship fund.
Along with the scholarship pig, more than 200 animals went across the auction block that evening with total sales exceeding $180,000.
There were 115 buyers placing winning bids. Several bought five animals or more, including EP Bender Coal Co., Allegheny Belting, West Central Equipment, Ray’s Tires, Jack Calandra, Robindale Energy Service/LCT Energy, Bedford Farm Bureau Coop and Elderton State Bank, which topped the number of animals purchased at 11.
A family theme seemed to develop as champions were crowned throughout fair week in Cambria County.
The Niebauer family of Carrolltown had a successful week as all four children took home banners. Levi started out the week with the grand champion market swine, and his brother Raymond followed with the reserve champion county bred swine.
Not to be outdone by their bothers, sister Hunter won grand champion market goat, and later that evening sister Alexis was awarded the grand champion market lamb banner. They are members of the 4-H Farming Friends and the children of Mike and Elizabeth Niebauer.
The brother, sister team of Nick and Laken Pudliner did its best to take home the prize. Laken received the reserve grand champion swine honors, and Nick took home the reserve grand champion market lamb award. They are members of the 4-H Clover Club and live in New Florence with their parents, Charles and Cindy Pudliner.
Victoria and Michael Caretti joined in the elite group with winnings in the beef and goat categories. Victoria received two banners in the market steer show — reserve grand champion market steer, and reserve champion county bred market steer. Her brother won the reserve grand champion market goat as well as the champion county bred goat honors. They live in Patton with their parents, Chris and Jane Caretti, and are members of the 4-H Clover Club.
Brothers Sean and Brandon Davis of Hastings did their best to stay in the winner’s circle as well. Sean exhibited the grand champion market steer and his brother won champion county bred market steer. The boys are members of the Cambria County Beef & Veal Club and sons of Rob and Melissa Davis.
Other winners for the week included Amber Adams of Gallitzin, reserve champion county bred goat; Bethany Leer of Sidman, champion county bred market swine; Dawn Craft of Mineral Point, grand champion dairy beef; Nathaniel Beyer of Nanty Glo, reserve champion dairy beef; Nataliya Partsch of Johnstown, grand champion meat pen rabbits; Hannah Kovash of Johnstown, reserve champion meat pen rabbits; Griffin Christ of Sidman, grand champion veal; Johnny Golden of Summerhill, reserve champion veal; and Becky Bard of Portage, champion and reserve county-bred market lambs.