TAYLOR COUNTY—The Taylor County Future Farmers of America (FFA) Ham, Bacon, and Egg (HBE) show and sale is a long running tradition; allowing students the opportunity to earn a payout for their hard work and dedication to agriculture. However, this year’s sale will be held a little differently from those in the past.
Because of restrictions in place due to the Coronavirus pandemic, event organizers were faced with a decision; cancel the show or find an alternative avenue in which to safely host the event.
Despite the hardships brought on by the virus, officials knew the show must go on for its 21st year and have formulated a virtual platform for the occasion.
The 2021 Virtual Taylor County HBE Sale has been scheduled for March 10-12, and will be accessible by visiting http://TaylorCountyFFAHBE.fairentry.com.
This year’s sale will have ten dedicated Taylor County students selling their hams and bacon. Those students include; Katelyn Detamore, James Helmondollar, Mason Kinsey, Carson Lambert, Kasey Rush, Olivia Shaver, Eli Shumaker, Amber Smith, Bryce Trimble and Savanna Wyckoff.
In addition, several local students will be offering up their farm fresh eggs. This list of participants is still being generated.
“The students and I hope we can count on your support again this year at the sale,” commented FFA Advisor Steve Tennant.
He shared that during last year’s event, the Champion ham was sold for $816, while the Champion bacon was claimed for $535 and Champion eggs went for $700.
“The averages last year were hams for $472, bacon for $329 and a dozen of eggs for $331. Bids this year will be on a per piece basis,” Tennant noted.
Sale participant, FFA member and senior at Grafton High School, Kasey Rush has put in endless hours of work preparing for this year’s sale, and will be offering two hams and two bacons through the event.
“In 2020, I had the Grand Champion Bacon, and I’m hoping to see this year’s sale be just as great as the past years,” Rush voiced.
She disclosed that she plans to use the monies she earns from the sale to fund her secondary education endeavor at Alderson Broaddus University this fall, where she plans to study elementary education.
“I’d appreciate any bids made on my products,” said Rush.
According to Tennant, postcards will be mailed out to previous buyers closer to the opening of the sale, containing instructions on how to bid.
Anyone with questions about how to bid can contact Tennant at Grafton High School or WVU Extension Agent John Murray by calling 304-606-4683, or by emailing [email protected].
“We again thank you for your support in the past and hope you continue to support all youth programs of Taylor County,” Tennant expressed.