The newly formed Otoe County 4-H Foundation benefited Sunday from the first specialty food auction that an average of $75 per plate of brownies, muffins, cake and pie.
Karissa Bahr's cherry pie and Samantha Parde's kolaches each set county records with high bids of $135.
Emma Porter's zuchini bread and Jordan Shank's cinnamon rolls brought $115, while $110 was bid on Sydney Wellsandt's brownies. Bidders paid $105 bid for Elizabeth Johnson's peanut butter cupcakes, $100 for Suzanna Shank's brownies, Nolan Werner's lemon cake and Taylor Mead's blueberry muffins.
Wayne and Paula Wohlers were first to crack the $100 mark with a bid on Wellsandt's brownies.
Wellsandt had been Little Miss Germanfest when they were crowned Germanfest king and queen in 2010.
“She was pretty special to us,” Mrs. Wohlers said.
Norman and Hilma Neeman bought Samantha Parde's kolaches.
“I know they are good,” said Parde's grandma. “I wasn't going to let anyone else have them.”
Bahr, a high school junior, calculates that her cherry pie went for about $16 a slice. She said it's a good return return on investment, considering the $10 she paid in supplies.
Jan Mueller, a former University of Nebraska Extension Agent who worked with Bahr when she was younger, said she bid on the pie with confidence that it will be done right.
“I knew it would be good. She has won a lot of prizes at the fair,” she said.
The specialty foods auction was added to the fair schedule this year to begin fundraising for the 4-H Foundation, which was formed after 4-H nationally lost federal tax exempt status.
The foundation's mission is to secure financial support for local 4-H programs and develop area youth for future generations.
The foundation plans to support citizen Washington focus, 4-H scholarships, local teams to national 4-H contests, county 4-H clubs, 4-H council and the Otoe County Agriculture Society.
Other 4-H bakers particpating were Brooke Hiller, Vanessa Weiler, Hannah Hiller, Sam Varney, Olivia Welch, Jackson Leuenberger, Savannah Zimmer, Lucas and Lance Welch, Noah Huber, Tessa Varney, Millie Everett, Victoria Welch, Elizabeth Johnson, Madeline Werner and Madison Panko.
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