Dan Smith retires as livestock sale auctioneer

By Charlene Hoeflich

August 10, 2013

POMEROY — Dan Smith is retiring this year from the job of auctioneer for the livestock sale at the Meigs County Fair.

For over 40 years, he carried out the chore of auctioneering off everything from chickens to cattle at the fair.

In recognition of his long and faithful service, Smith will be honored by the Meigs County Agricultural Society at noon on Saturday at the livestock sale in the new Ridenour arena. In appreciation of his years of service to the fair board, he will be presented a plaque by Board President Ed Holter.

Smith is not leaving the fair scene altogether. He will be still be interviewing candidates for Little Miss and Mister Meigs County, and he will conduct the money-making project known as the 4-H Junior Fair auction where members are bought for a price for jobs around the fair.

Smith’s career in auctioneering began in 1964 after he completed Knopps Auctioneer School in West Virginia in 1964. He served a one year stint as an apprentice under the late Jim Carnahan during 1965, and then in 1966 obtained his Ohio auctioneer license. He teamed up with Carnahan in the early 70s to serve as the auctioneers for the livestock sale at the Meigs County Fair. After Carnahan’s passing, Smith handled the duties with the assistance of several auctioneers and apprentices serving under his leadership.

Over the years, Smith has wrangled several family members into helping him with the fair auction. His daughter Tammy Chapman has sat by his side for over 25 years serving as the clerk of sales. Other family members assisting one way or another were his wife, Donna Jean; son Ted, son-in-law C.T. Chapman, granddaughter Rachel Hupp and her husband Tony.