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Champion Cured Meat Will Be Sold March 6

By Staff | Feb 25, 2009

Pictured in the front row from left: Lauren Ueltschy, Ava Morris, and Lyndsay Sell. Back row: Rachel Wyatt, Kyle Fluharty, Jonathan Mason, Cody Bassett, and Kelly Fluharty. (Photo by Amy Witschey)

The 41st annual Wetzel County Ham, Bacon, and Egg Show will be held March 6 at the Mollohan Center in the Wetzel County 4-H Grounds, approximately three miles east of New Martinsville.

The show will include 4-H participants and FFA students from Wetzel County.

The hams, bacons, and eggs, will be judged beginning at 9 a.m., with the results open to the public at 2 p.m. A maximum of 15 entries per school can be pulled out to be entered into the state ham and bacon competition.

The sale will commence at 7:30 p.m. when the top 50 hams, 50 bacons, and 10 dozen eggs will be on the auction block. The grand champion and reserve champion hams will be auctioned at 8 p.m. while the grand champion and reserve champion bacons will be sold at 8:30 p.m. The champion eggs go to the highest bidders at 9:15 p.m.

At 9 p.m. a ham and bacon will be auctioned to fund the Paul Henderson Memorial Scholarship Fund. Proceeds from the sale of these two pieces are used for the scholarship fund for vocational agriculture students going to college to study any subject. The scholarship has changed slightly in that the recipient will receive the $500 award after he completes his first semester of higher education.

Another item auctioned to benefit the scholarship fund is a Carhartt jacket in the traditional FFA colors and bearing the organization’s logo.

The sale is open to the public with complimentary slices of bacon served. Also, new this year, they will be frying ham served on biscuits.

The items will be auctioned again by Ron Morrison of Milton, W.Va. “If you’ve never seen a good auctioneer in action, come to this show,” said Howard Henderson, vocational-agriculture instructor at Valley High School.