Ag Secretary makes stop in Mifflin County

Sentinel photo by JULIANNE KILMER
Cory French, of McVeytown, introduces United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to his goats, ‘Socks’ and ‘Maggie.’ Perdue visited the Mifflin County Youth Fair in Reedsville on Saturday morning.

REEDSVILLE — United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue made a stop in Reedsville Saturday morning.

The U.S. official said he “made some friends here earlier in the year” and came back for a tour of the 2019 Mifflin County Youth Fair.

“I love county fairs,” he said. “They’re very energizing to me … this is real Americana here.”

Perdue arrived during the annual livestock auction and spent time touring the green building and barns, talking with 4-H and FFA youth. He then spoke briefly to the sale crowd before taking a seat himself.

Piper Snyder, of Lewistown, got a unique surprise when the secretary bought her middle weight hog, “Fred,” for $300.

“I bought a hog today, saw some good lambs, some good goats,” Perdue said. “The auction ring was filled up with community today.”

Mifflin County Youth Fair Queen Grace VanSciver, of Belleville, said it means a lot for someone “from outside our community, who loves agriculture just as much as we do” to attend the fair.

“We’re such a small fair in the whole of PA,” said Mifflin County Youth Fair Queen Alternate Colleen Keller, of Lewistown.

She said it “was so amazing” for the secretary to visit.

“I know how much he supports agriculture and the dairy industry,” said Mifflin County Dairy Princess Naomi Diehl, of McVeytown.

VanSciver said the youth appreciated that Perdue took the time to see their fair.