Jubilee auction raises money for community
"The best Jonathans in the state of Missouri" went to Central Missouri AGRIService for $3,700 when Colonel Seth Conner launched the 2011 Waverly Apple Jubilee apple auction.
The price for the state grand champion box of apples, grown by Peters Orchards and Market, topped last year's high price of $3,600, according to Conner.
The state reserve grand champion apples, a box of Golden Delicious from Peters Orchards and Market, sold to John Rector Motors for $1,750, and the state third place overall apples, a box of Red Delicious from Peters Orchards and Market, sold to Bartlett Grain for $1,700.
Deems Farm Equipment bought the next two boxes of apples, a second-place box of Jonathans from Peters Orchards and Market for $1,300 and a second-place box of Golden Delicious for $1,700.
Lucky B Construction bought a second-place box of Red Delicious produced by J's Market for $1,100, and Carroll County Trust won the bid for a third-place box of Jonathans from Schreiman Orchards for $1,200.
Toby's Carnival, operator of the carnival at the Apple Jubilee, paid $1,000 for a third-place box of Golden Delicious produced by Peters Orchards and Market.
One buyer made a brief comment following the sale.
After Arth Farms bought a box of Jonathans produced by Rasa Orchards for $700, Don Arth stepped up to the microphone for a minute to thank the Waverly community for pitching in during the long summer flood.
"You folks came in and did a wonderful job, filling sandbags and doing whatever we needed you to do," Arth said.
In all, 42 boxes of apples sold for more than $36,000.
The proceeds of the auction are used by the Waverly Jay-cees to make improvements in the community and help with scholarships.
Conner pointed to two recent improvements, a new fence at the park and a refurbished enclosed grandstand at the ballpark.
"It's one of the last totally enclosed grandstands in the state," he said. "We take pride in that."
Prior to the auction, the festival royalty was crowned.
Lauren Wright, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Wright of Waverly, was crowned queen at the 2011 Waverly Apple Jubilee Queen Contest.
The first runner-up was Tristan Sowers, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Brad Sowers of Waverly. Second runner-up was Brooke Barnett, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Barnett of Waverly.
Kalie Ann Michael, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Michael of Waverly, was selected princess. First runner-up was Cassie Aversman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Craig Aversman of Waverly. Isabella Limback, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kurt Limback of Waverly, was named second runner-up.
Any girl in grades 9 through 12 who lives in the Santa Fe R-10 School District is eligible to enter the queen contestant.
The princess candidates must be in kindergarten through second grade and also live in the Santa Fe school district.
The Zeta Psi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi members were chairmen of the event.