Friday's bake-off auction at the Wood County Fair didn't quite set a new record, bringing $8,275 into a fund that specifically benefits 4-Hers.
|Auctioneer Steve Powell works the audience during the annual 4-H bake-off as a table of baked good is seen in front of him August 2, 2013 at the Wood County Fair in Bowling Green, Ohio. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
The total from 24 lots of cookies was just about $100 shy of what was raised last year.
The big contributors were Cindy Zaker of Frank's Fries concessions and Tom Strange of C & L Sanitation, which provides the port-a-johns on the fairgrounds.
Between the two of them, they contributed at least $3,200 to the total raised.
The amount raised since the auction's premiere in 2005 is $41,623.
A $100 donation was given to the program after Friday's event, bringing the total raised to $8,375.
The final lot, baked by Di Brown and Jean Korsnack, both 4-H alumni, went to a combined bid from C & L Sanitation and Gearhart Plumbing for $1,200.
Brown contributed a cinnamon coffee cake while Korsnack baked a banana bar.
Entries were submitted and judged early Friday afternoon with the auction starting at 6:30 and lasting about an hour.
|OSU Extension agent Susan Zies (left) and 4-H volunteer Sarah Wensink (right) unload baked goods for the annual 4-H bake-off August 2, 2013 at the Wood County Fair in Bowling Green, Ohio. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Zaker, of Bradner, has supported the auction from the start. Her father started the fry wagon in the 1940s while the fair was still at what is now City Park. Zaker received her own wagon as a high school graduation gift in 1975. She now runs six concession stands during fair week.
When auctioneer Steve Powell praised Zaker for being so sweet on an early winning bid, she replied "These kids are the sweetest."
When the final lot came up, Zaker dropped out of the bidding war with Strange, saying "I already have so much. I want to help them but I don't want to be possessive."
"This is a great event," said Powell, "It's great for 4-H."
Funds from the bake-off will be given to the Wood County 4-H program to help defray costs for 4-H and Junior Fair promotions, 4-H educational materials and the county 4-H quilt square trail. Money in years past has gone to milkshake barn improvements, 4-H Camp scholarships, banners and signs in the livestock show arenas and Junior Fair Building, and more than 1,800 project books in the areas of clothing, nutrition and quilting.
The best of show went to Jordyn Lenox, of Beaver Creek Boosters, for her decorated cookies. Her items went for $600 to four men led by Shane Vetter, of rural Bowling Green. The four bid each other up until they hit $600.
Best of class in the junior division went to Hannah Sponagle, of Dowling Stitch, Stir & Stock; and in the senior division to Ashley Baden, of Blue Ribbon Rangers. Brown won best of class for 4-H alumni.
|Members of the Dowling Stitch, Stir, Stock 4-H Club Jacob Guthrie (left) and Sarah Selzer (middle) showcase baked good to an audience of potential bidders with club advisor Karen Kotula (right) during the annual 4-H bake-off August 2, 2013 at the Wood County Fair in Bowling Green, Ohio. The club's items were sold to Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn for a bid of $700. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
When a lot including sweets from Sarah Selzer of Dowling Stitch, Stir and Stock; Jacob Guthrie, a Cloverbud; and Karen Kotula, an alumni, came up for bid, Powell egged on Zaker to outbid Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn.
"This is your chance to help the sheriff support 4-H," Powell said to Zaker.
The sheriff ultimately got the confections for $700.
He said after the auction that he has had the winning bid for Kotula's frosted Amish sugar cookies for five of the last six years.
Last year, Strange outbid him.
But Kotula, whose family is close friends with the Wasylyshyns, will deliver cookies throughout the year to the sheriff's office.
He'll have to wait for the next batch to show up.
"Everybody wants to sample the $700 cookies. I didn't even get one but everyone said they were great," the sheriff said on Sunday.
|Junior Fair Honor Court members Olivia Lause of (middle) and Liz Hirzel (right) chat while helping at the annual 4-H bake-off August 2, 2013 at the Wood County Fair in Bowling Green, Ohio. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
It's "the cookie that keeps on giving," he joked after the sale.
"It's a great donation to a great program," said Bob Korsnack after getting the winning bid of $375 for a lot that included confections made by his daughter, Cate, and Laurel Baden, an alumni; and Rebecca Baden, of Blue Ribbon Rangers. Cate Korsnack, of Colorful Clovers, tied for second in the junior division for favorite s'mores made with chocolate and bacon.
"It's just good honest support back to 4-H," said Strange of Perrysburg.
He also is a 4-H alumni, from the 1970s, and has a daughter in 4-H.