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Record-setting: Cool and 'livestock-less' auction nets $376,897.72

July 24, 2011

Setting a record for his Champion Meat Wether is Jon Starkey. Buyers are, from left to right, Gary Hoffman, of Hoffman Hillcrest Farms; Jerry and Jenny Pettigrew, Jon and Tara Pettigrew all from Pettigrew Farms; Dave Starkey, Jon Starkey, Tami Drew, Patty Starkey, Laura Starkey and Carl Bridegam. — Post & Mail photo / Robin Plasterer

COLUMBIA CITY — The 2011 Whitley County 4-H Auction was moved to the 4-H Center and was conducted without all livestock, for the first time in the auction’s history.
It was a time to cool down the buyers and heat up the bids as the auction was one for the record books.
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