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Going once, going twice, 170 hogs sold.

For the fifth straight year, the Washington Fair Market Hog auction set a new record for gross receipts and missed tying the record for total number of hogs sold by just one.

A total of 170 hogs, nine more than last year, was auctioned Saturday, bringing in $250,982 in gross receipts, topping the 2017 auction total of $247,335 by $3,647.

The 2018 auction was also just one hog away from tying the all-time record for hogs of 171 set in 2007.

The average price per pound paid at the auction Saturday was $5.38 per pound, which is down 25 cents from last year.

The record of $6.41 per pound set in 2005 still stands.

The average price per pound at the 2016 Fair was $5.41, compared to $5.14 in 2015, $5.29 in 2014 and $3.39 in 2013.

The average price per pound paid in 2012 was $3.69 per pound, compared to $3.82 a pound in 2011 and $2.80 per pound in 2010.

The average price in 2009 was $4.24, compared to $3.35 in 2008.

In 2008, 169 hogs made it to the auction block, and sold for a total of $145,509.25.

Champions

The grand champion hog this year brought $10 per pound for a total of $2,820.

The 282-pound hog was purchased by the group Striving for Excellence and was shown by Taylor Scheer, 9, New Haven.

The reserve grand champion hog also brought $10 per pound and was purchased for $2,700 by Larry Bryson, Centralia. The 270-pound reserve grand champion hog was shown by Evie Bryson, 11, Labadie.

Neither the grand or the reserve champion brought the highest amount at the auction.

Instead, a 273-pound hog shown by Grace Bryson, 15, Labadie, brought $10.50 per pound. Her hog was also purchased by Larry Bryson for a total of $2,866.50.

Bryson purchased the 2017 grand champion 279-pound hog for $5,580.

Striving for Excellence purchased the 2016 grand champion market hog exhibited by Delaney Schmidt, Defiance.

The group paid $10 per pound or $2,740 for the 274-pound hog.

In 2015, Striving for Excellence purchased the grand champion, which was exhibited by Calvin Bidner, Wildwood. The group paid $3,542, or $14 per pound for Bidner’s 253-pound hog.

In 2014, Dolan Realtors was the successful bidder for the grand champion, paying $12 a pound, or $3,264.

In 2013, Dolan Realtors paid $5 per pound for the grand champion. The firm also was the successful bidder for the 2012 and 2011 grand champions, paying $9 per pound both years.

In 2010, the grand champion sold for $7 a pound or $1,827.

The 2009 grand champion sold for $10 a pound or $2,620. In 2008, the grand champion sold for $14 a pound or $3,696. In 2007, the grand champion sold for $20 per pound.

Previous Years

Last year, a total of 161 hogs was sold at the auction for $247,335.75.

In 2016, 168 hogs were auctioned for $246,488.75.

In 2015, 164 hogs were auctioned for $241,320.02.

In 2014, 163 hogs were auctioned, earning $230,311 for young exhibitors.

Prior to 2014, the record of gross receipts had been $217,696, set in 2006 when 152 hogs were sold.

In 2013, 140 market hogs were sold at the auction for $133,813.75, compared to 152 hogs purchased in 2012 for $153,749.75, and 153 animals in 2011 that sold for $150,676.01.

The 2010 auction raised $105,437 with 141 hogs sold.

In 2009, 97 Blue Ribbon market hogs sold for $106,107.75. That year, 154 hogs were entered in the competition but only 97 were judged Blue Ribbon winners.

In 2008, 169 hogs made it to the auction block, and sold for a total of $145,509.25.

In 2007, 171 hogs were auctioned for a total of $201,329.25.

Per Pound

The highest price per pound paid at this year’s auction was Grace Bryson’s 273-pound hog, which sold for $10.50.

The Fair record was set in 2006, when the champion brought $35 per pound.

The highest per pound price in 2016 was $14, compared to $20 in 2014.

In 2013, the highest per pound price paid was $7.50, compared to $9 per pound in 2012 and $19 in 2011.

A complete list of auction buyers can be found elsewhere in this issue.

The current market price of hogs is between 41 and 46 cents per pound.

The market price for hogs last year was 56 1/2 cents per pound.