The 70th State FFA Ham, Bacon and Egg Show and Sale will be held Monday, March 11, 2013, at 7 p.m. on the second floor of the State Training Center (Building 7) at the Capitol Complex.
The auction will feature the top 50 hams, 50 bacons and 10 dozens of eggs of those entered in the contest.
“One of the keys to growth of the agricultural industry in West Virginia is to have the younger generation come into the profession,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick. “This program shows young people that there are financial rewards possible in farming. I congratulate this year’s entrants for a job well done – and I am proud that the Department is a part of this event.”
The sale was first observed in 1941, but some years were skipped during World War II. The sale has generated more than $1.2 million in the 7 decades it has been conducted. FFA students frequently use the money they earn from the sale to help pay for college, or roll it into their next FFA livestock project.
All entries are produced in commercial-grade facilities and inspected and certified by the Meat & Poultry Inspection Division (MPID) of the West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA).
Last year’s auction raised $32,250.
The top six projects of the night and their sale prices were:
- Grand champion ham – Ashley Cain, Cameron High School, $8,625
- Grand champion bacon – Andrew Linville, Cabell Midland High School, $2,475
- Grand champion eggs – Christina Gower, Nicholas County High School, $1,250
- Reserve champion ham – J.P. Fleshed, Tyler Consolidated High School, $2,200
- Reserve champion bacon – Hope Stewart, Tyler Consolidated High School, $280
- Reserve champion eggs – Alexis Aston, Cameron High School, $500
Sponsors of the show are the WVDA, West Virginia Department of Education, Governor’s Office and Carhartt. Ronald Morrison Auction Services and Resource Marketing Inc., have provided free auctioneer services for the show for many years. Kroger Mid-Atlantic, Tasty Blend Food and WVDA provided ham and bacon biscuits for refreshments.
Contact WVDA Communications Officer Buddy Davidson at 304-541-5932 or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.
WVDA Communications Officer Buddy Davidson