USEC's livestock buyers at the Scioto County Livestock Sale on August 13 got to witness some Scioto County history when the final animal of the day sold for $34,000. The high-selling pig was Andy Hayden's 4-H project.
Andy Hayden, a 16-year-old from Scioto County, passed away after a car crash in July. His younger brothers, Michael and Jeffrey, were seriously wounded in the crash. Andy’s family decided to honor his memory by entering his pig in the livestock competition at this year’s Scioto County Fair. The fair board decided to auction off Andy’s pig to raise funding for the Hayden family’s funeral and medical expenses.
Bidders and attendees at the auction turned in pledges and cash donations throughout the day during the sale, and 4-H members donated portions of their auction money as well to add to the total. USEC went in together with over 70 businesses, more than 170 4-H participants and several other individuals to help purchase the pig for more than $34,000. ACP Piketon’s Gary Workman, a local pig farmer himself, partnered with Jason Crabtree of Crabtree Carpet Outlet in Lucasville to collect the donations from the bidders.
Auctioneer Dean Brown said it was the highlight of his 25 years of
auctioneering. As the bids came in, the crowd stood to their feet, and many had tears in their eyes.
"It was an honor to be part of such a community outpouring in support of this family," said Workman.
On Wednesday, August 17, Workman and Crabtree interviewed with WSAZ, an NBC television affiliate out of Huntington, WV. about their role in collecting the donations at the sale. Members of the Hayden family were also interviewed.
Photo: Typically, when a champion animal is sold at the livestock sale at Scioto County Fair, a photo is taken with the owner of the animal along with the buyers. In this case, the crowd joined Andy's family to pose with Andy's hog.