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Gavel passes at Mifflin County Youth Fair

Photo submitted by Happy Hereford Photography
Mark Glick, second from right, is presented an award by Darv Yoder, marking his years of service to the Mifflin County Youth Fair. They are joined by, from left, Olivia Goss and Ella Goss.

REEDSVILLE — The 2021 Mifflin County Youth Fair ended August 14th with the Livestock Auction as it has for many years. Longtime Auctioneer Mark Glick began the sale by selling the Market Hogs. When it was time to move to the Dairy Feeder Steers, one big change occurred. Mark handed the Auctioneer gavel to Auctioneer Don Chesney. Don finished selling the remaining livestock. This may seem as a small detail to most, but to any past or present 4-H and FFA member that is a huge change. It is difficult to think of the Livestock sale without thinking of Mark Glick.

Mark Glick started selling Mifflin County Youth Fair animals in 1954. He is the only auctioneer to sell fair animals until this year. Originally only the Market Hogs exhibited at the fair were sold. Market Hogs were sent to the Belleville Sale Barn until the mid 1960’s, where Mark was the Auctioneer. After that Hogs and all other market animals were sold at the fairgrounds. Mark has sold the fair animals for 67 years.

Mark didn’t just sell the 4-H/FFA livestock, he knew the 4-H and FFA members. He made it a point to know the kids. It wasn’t uncommon for him to share some tidbit about a kid who was in the ring sale day. Many older 4-H/FFA members were planning on using their sale profits for college or starting their future endeavors. Mark did his best to get as much as possible for all the kids.

Mark has also served on the Mifflin County Youth Fair Board, giving the fair much guidance and advice along the way. Mark was often at the Youth Park Fair grounds, performing repairs or improvements. Mark also served on the Youth Park board in the past.

On Saturday August 14th, 2021 the auction block at the Mifflin County Youth Fair was dedicated to Mark in recognition of all he has done for the Fair.

Mark and his wife Bonnie have been married for 60 years and live in Reedsville.

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