PARKERSBURG - Wood County Technical Center students and FFA members will place their work on display and up for bid today at the 66th annual Little Kanawha Ham and Bacon sale at the Parkersburg Municipal Building.
The annual event gives students an opportunity to showcase their work in meat and poultry and to auction off those items to the public.
Kari Brown, an agricultural instructor at the Wood County Technical Center, said more than a dozen students will participate in the sale, showcasing their agricultural efforts from the last eight months.
William West, a retired agricultural teacher from Ripley, judges bacon submissions at last year’s Little Kanawha Ham and Bacon sale at the Parkersburg Municipal Building.
Large hams were judged and auctioned at last year’s Little Kanawha Ham and Bacon sale at the Parkersburg Municipal Building. This year’s event begins at 11 a.m. today with the auction taking place at 7 p.m. on the second floor of the municipal building.
"The students usually begin work on this around the end of August," she said. "It takes a lot of work."
The pieces are judged and awarded prizes based on quality and preparation. The items are then auctioned, with the money from each sale going to the student whose item is sold. On average the meat brings in about $8-$11 a pound, but can sometimes go much higher. The eggs are gathered by students from their flocks, usually two or three days before the auction, and depending on quality can fetch a bid of $50-$350 a dozen.
Brown said the public is welcome to come to the event and bid on items during the auction.
"Anyone can be a buyer," she said.
All food items are inspected and graded to ensure high quality.