The Waterford Community Fair is in full swing, and it was finally time for the annual pig auction. Among the pigs in the auction is Wilbur. He is the Erie County 4-H Charity Hog.
The pig was raised in hopes of raising money for Grady’s Decision, a non-profit organization that helps families with babies in the NICU. Senator Dan Laughlin even served as celebrity auctioneer, taking bids for the hog. “It is an honor,” says Laughlin, “it’s the first auction I have ever done. I will have to admit that. I had a friend of mine that asked if I would be willing to do it and I said, ‘sure, it’s for a good cause. Why not?’”
Ryan Smith, President and Co-founder of Grady’s Decision, tells us, “our goal and our hope is that the proceeds that come in today will bless many families. Grady’s Decision typically helps about 200 families a year and we have been able to raise $1.2 million over nine years.”
Wilbur, who weighed in at 236 pounds, sold for a record-breaking $60 per pound.