While the weather was breaking records last week, the Carroll County 4-H/FFA Fair's annual cake auction also broke a record for the highest price paid for a grand champion cake.
Dannielle Williar's chocolate cake with raspberry filling and white icing went for $6,100, bought by a well-known family friend, state Sen. Larry E. Haines.
"Dannielle's parents are in my Sunday school class," Haines said. "Her parents called me and said Dannielle had the grand champion cake and would I come to the cake auction and support her."
Haines said the bids kept going up and he decided to stop at $6,000, but when another bidder went to $6,000, he decided to go another hundred.
Was the cake worth $6,100?
"I took it home, and my son and daughter-in-law came over, and we had some Baugher's peaches, and I put some peaches around a piece of the cake, and I had a real good dessert," he said.
He plans to share the cake with his office, Haines Realty, and with his Sunday school class today, he said Thursday.
He also planned to go to Friday night's livestock sale, where he always buys a couple of animals, he said.
The cake auction was held Wednesday night, the hottest day of the year.
"The fact that it was 100 degrees, and you ask people to come out and sit in an un-air-conditioned area for 4 1/2 hours, that's a good bit," said Fran Crispin, cake auction chairwoman.
To keep cakes from melting in the heat, Crispin said, the baked goods were kept in an air-conditioned room until it was time to show them. The 4-H'ers walked them around the bidding tent, then took them back inside.
The auction raised $57,170 on 213 cakes, said Cheryl Hill, committee member.
"It was a record for the heat we were in," she said, though not an overall fundraising record.
All the money raised from the cake auction goes back to the fair.
Dannielle, 13, of Union Bridge, and her family left for vacation Thursday morning after the auction, but her grandmother, Pat Williar, said they "all were just incredulous" that Haines paid that much for her cake.
"It was an unbelievable evening, and everyone in the place was just clapping and cheering, and we were so happy for the whole 4-H organization," Williar said. "And, of course, we were very happy for Dannielle, too."