2017 4-H/FFA Livestock Auction

Every year many 4-H and FFA members look forward to showing their livestock at The Linn County Fair in Central City. Some then sell their prized animal in the Livestock Auction at the end of the fair that was held on Monday, July 3, 2017. The proceeds from the livestock auction goes directly to the 4-H or FFA member. Many save up this money and put it towards college. Others use it to continue raising their other livestock at home and some members pay it forward and donate their auction checks to project dear to their heart.

A project dear to many hearts this year was “Denny’s Dream”, the memorial fund in honor of Denny Booth to build a new Youth Council Food Booth on the Linn County Fairgrounds.* This year after the auction was over Farmers State Bank put up a hog that they had privately purchased from a 4-Her to be auction off with all proceeds being donated to “Denny’s Dream”.  The total proceeds of the donation for the hog was $8,700, this does not include the pledge for the concrete work (donated by Louie & Deb Zumbach) and the excavating work and utilities (donated by Rathje Construction). 

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The hog being auction off to help support “Denny’s Dream” during the 2017 Linn County Fair Livestock Auction held on Monday, July 3rd.

In Kind Donations for “Denny’s Dream” Hog
Farmers State Bank
RJ Construction
Bodensteiner Equipment
Linn Co-op Oil
Makenna & Hadley Dunn
Community Savings Bank
Betenbender Cattle
In Memory of Scott Blackford
Darrell & Mary Rose Elliot
Grass Carpet Lawn Service
Martin Family Farm
Carrothers Family Farms
Airy Farms
Hatch Family Farms
Whitham Family
Shulista Farms
Waltz n Meadows Boer Goats
Washington Busy Beavers 4-H Club
Linn County Corn & Soybean Growers
Thuerauf Farms
Burns Farms
Lois & Loyd Martin
Prairie Union Wildcats 4-H Club
David & Valerie Roll
Dennis Uthof
Alburnett FFA Chapter
Mycogen Seeds/Stephen Martin
Morris Family/Muddy Bottom Farms
Nissen Family Farms
Cletis Sloan on behalf of her Grandchildren
Mark Hoffman of Edward Jones
Integrity Builders/Bret Shulista
East Central Iowa Two Cylinder Club/Don Hatch
Troy Louwagie
Kirk Weih

This year The Linn County Fair Livestock Auction consisted of 109 head that ran thru the auction including 40 cattle, 23 sheep, 1 goats, and 45 swine.

The Linn County Fair Association helps put on the auction every year and with the help of Farmer State Bank clerking this event it is a successful event every year. Special thanks to this year’s auctioneers John Airy and Louis Zumbach. The auction brought in several new buyers this year and many long time buyers. Special thanks to the many supporters of the Linn County Fair 4-H/FFA Livestock Auction:

BUYER(S) NAMES City
7th AVENUE DAIRY QUEEN/SNOOKS BOUSKA Marion
ABBE CREEK AG Mt. Vernon
BECK’S SEEDS/JIM & STACEY LENSCH Marion
DEWAYNE BECKNER Marion
COMMUNITY SAVINGS BANK Edgewood
DAY RETTIG MARTIN PC/RON MARTIN Cedar Rapids
EXCHANGE STATE BANK Springville
F & M BANK Manchester
FARMERS STATE BANK Marion, Alburnett, Hiawatha, Cedar Rapids
GEHRING ORTHODONTICS Toddville
GRIEBEL FAMILY Ely
HATCH FARMS/DONALD HATCH Center Point
MARK HENIK Mt. Vernon
JEFF HENNESSEY North English
HILLS BANK & TRUST Mt. Vernon, Marion, Cedar Rapids
HY VEE Marion
INTERSTATE GRAIN SERVICE Center Point
KELLY CONCRETE Marion
L & J CUSTOM/RJ CARSON Marion
LIEBE TRUCKING Alburnett
LINN COOP OIL COMPANY Alburnett, Marion, Springville
LINN COUNTY CORN & SOYBEAN GROWERS Central City
MALLIE FARMS INC Mt. Vernon
MARC WOLRAB CONSTRUCTION Mt. Vernon
MARK’S LOCKER Rowley
MARTIN FAMILY FARMS-Steve & Karen Martin/Albert & Vicki Martin Family Springville
METRO HARLEY DAVIDSON Cedar Rapids
MIDWEST INSURANCE CORP. Central City
MT. VERNON BANK & TRUST CO. Mt. Vernon
NEIGHBOR INSURANCE SERVICES-JENNIFER DUNN Marion
P & K MIDWEST EQUIPMENT Mt. Vernon
PEIFFER LAW OFFICE Cedar Rapids
R S FARM/ROBERT ROSS Central City
RATHJE FARMS Marion
JEROME RIES Ryan
RJ CONSTRUCTION Marion
SHULISTA FARMS/BRETT SHULISTA Central City
THEISEN’S Cedar Rapids
WALKER STATE BANK Walker
KIRK WIEH Mt Vernon

* “Denny’s Dream”

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The Linn County 4-H Youth Council thanking the audience for their support of “Denny’s Dream”.

In May of 2016, Denny Booth, a long time 4-H volunteer and Youth Council Advisor on the club & county level, unexpectedly passed away.  His dream was to build a bigger & better food stand with amenities such as hot & cold running water and covered seating on the side.  The 4-H Youth Council has have had their current food booth since 1992 and have since outgrown it.  This food booth is the  4-H Youth Council’s biggest source of funding for the many activities they offer & support throughout the year.  It is VITAL for their operation.

Youth Council’s goal…
Denny’s Dream started with a design drawn on a napkin after the 2013 fair was relocated to the Delaware County Fairgrounds.  Denny liked the food stand facility there and started thinking about how the Linn County’s 4-H Youth Council could replace the building on the fairgrounds.  Each year, there are concerns with the health department codes.

Amenities they hope to have:

  • *hot & cold running water
  • *covered seating area
  • *more prep space & storage space
  • *correct food service equipment
Importance of the food booth:

Not only does the 4-H Youth Council Food Booth provide a convenient location for food & drink during the fair, it also teaches members workplace skills such as money handling, food prep, ordering supplies, customer service, etc.

Earnings from the food stand are the 4-H Youth Council’s operating funds (and their largest fundraiser) for the many events & community service projects during the year.  An annual budget is set based off the previous year’s income.

Their annual Pie Auction proceeds are solely used yearly to provide various scholarships to Linn County 4-H Youth.

Denny’s Dream is a completely separate campaign. 4-H Youth Council recently started a new account with funds raised by helping the Linn County Master Gardeners at their Plant Sale.  This “seed money” along with donor pledges is helping them to get started!

“Denny was passionate for 4-H, a hard worker for 4-H & always made sure we had the best experience.”—Grace, Class of 2018

“I don’t know how to explain him—a great mentor & friend. He taught me how to put a metal roof on the Council Booth.”—CJ, Class of 2017

“A great man who taught me many things.  He was wise, kind & intelligent.” –Kiera, Class of 2017

“I did not know Denny for long. He was fun, inspirational, & hard working. He was someone who I looked up to & was inspired by his love for 4-H’ers & 4’H.”—Tracie, Class of 2019

Denny inspired me through other people because he influenced them to join 4-H which then inspired me to join 4-H.”—Kayla, Class of 2020

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