Massive support for this year’s Ham, Bacon and Egg Show and Sale – from inside and outside the community – resulted in a sellout in just under two weeks.
The annual Show and Sale had to be modified this year due to circumstances beyond anyone’s control.
The traditional show where the items are judged and the face-to-face sale that normally takes place the following day had to be canceled due to the current pandemic.
As an alternative to completely canceling the event, buyers from last year’s sale, in addition to as many new buyers as could be contacted, were offered the opportunity to purchase a cured ham for $500 or a bacon for $250, the 2019 sale averages. No eggs were sold this year.
Pocahontas County 4-H and FFA members participated in the processing phases of the meat from October up to the final trimming and smoking stage. The process was completed by Extension Agents Greg Hamons and Luci Mosesso and FFA Instructor Irwin Berry.
The hams and bacons were sliced by the already very busy grocery stores of IGA and Lucy’s Grocery & Moore, as well as by the program’s sponsors at the PCHS Meats Facility. Ultimately, all 41 hams and 41 bacons were sold, thanks to the generosity of the community.
Members selling their products included Allyson Alderman, Kolton Alderman, Ethan Armstrong, Jessica Armstrong, Keaton Baldwin, Tanner Baldwin, Coleton Birely, Trenton Brock, Hannah Burks, Emily Casto, Silas Dean, Elizabeth Friel, Kirsten Friel, Tyler Friel, Declan Gravely, Ramona Hardy, Willa Hardy, Elizabeth Hefner, Levi Hill, R.T. Hill, David Jordan, Robert Jordan, Tessa Jordan, Cody Kiner, Tessa Kiner, Jacob Kinnison, Emma Riffe, Hazel Riley, Silas Riley, Trey Sattler, Savana Sharp, Kelsi Taylor, Kinley Taylor, Luke Taylor, Macaden Taylor, Wade Taylor, Cade Wagner, Adelyn Warner, Gary Warner, Maybelle Warner and Mya Workman.
Support from businesses in and out of the county created a total sale volume of $30,750. Last year’s total was $29,840.
These businesses and individuals made the following purchases:
Platinum Level Buyers: Southern States ($5,500), Mit-chell Chevrolet ($2,000) and Pendleton Community Bank ($1,500).
Gold Level Buyer: Murphy’s Body Shop ($1,250).
Silver Level Buyers: Workman Family in memory of Bill and Grace ($1,000), Appalachian Aggregates, ($750), Appalachian Sport ($750), Eugene Simmons ($750) and Harvest Equipment ($750).
The following buyers had purchases totaling $500: ANPAC/ Cathy Mosesso, Bee Rose Family, Burns Motor Freight, Dairy Queen, Davis Farms, Denise Campbell, Dr. John Johnson, Donald McNeel, Elkins Distributing Co., Farm Credit of the Virginias, Gibson’s Feed & Grain, Hardy Law, Hot Springs Pool & Spa, Interstate Hardwoods, J & A Trucking, Jean Taylor, Johnston Logging, Lois Wilfong, Mike Doss Law Office, Paul Alderman, Robin Mutscheller, Samantha Mit-chell, Timber Crest/Jayson Cain and Wally Starks.
The following buyers had purchases totaling $250: Brian Tankersley, Craig Hamons, Cynthia Kelley, David McLaughlin, Jacob and Malinda Meck, Jarrett McLaughlin, Jennifer Rose, Jerry and Linda Clifton, Joe Hatton, Joe Mosesso, Liggett’s Supply, Paul Hill Farms, Pocahontas Memorial Hospital, Sarah Bailey, Snowshoe Resort, Top Dog Home Pro/Luke Mitchell, Travis Taylor Contracting and Mark Williamson.
In addition, donations from Dominion Energy Transmission, Judy Fencecraft and First Citizens Bank will be divided equally among all participants as premiums.
The 4-H and FFA members, their families, and the program sponsors greatly appreciate the continuing support and contributions of the community.