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Erin Blochberger holds up her blue ribbon ham while the crowd bids and for her efforts, she took home $225. Blochberger is in the Stringtown-Cornith 4-H Club and plans to put her take into savings.

Erin Blochberger holds up her blue ribbon ham while the crowd bids and for her efforts, she took home $225. Blochberger is in the Stringtown-Cornith 4-H Club and plans to put her take into savings. Photo by Julie Smith.

Auctioneer Bill Gratz thinks this year’s county fair ham breakfast and auction was the “best ham auction that the kids in Cole County have ever had.”

The 4-H and FFA students sold 66 hams Friday morning, for a total of $17,400 — $2,400 more than last year’s 65 country hams raised.

In an election year, a dozen political candidates or current office holders paid $3,550 for 16 hams — leaving the rest of the $13,850 in sales to area businesses and individuals.

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