The Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions livestock auction, held this afternoon in the WCOL Celeste Center, showcased Ohio’s premium livestock, premier Junior Fair exhibitors and generous supporters. On the sale bill were grand champion and reserve champion market lambs, market barrows and market beef, as well as grand champion market goat, a Thanksgiving Dinner to represent the champion poultry and a block of Swiss cheese to represent the six dairy champions.

“The Sale of Champions is driven by dedicated exhibitioners and community-oriented buyers. They are crucial to the success of our Youth Reserve Program, and we are fortunate to have both at the Ohio State Fair,” stated General Manager Virgil Strickler. “We are exceptionally pleased with the $264,000 raised at today’s Sale of Champions.”

While these Junior Fair exhibitors take great pride in raising a quality animal, the ultimate goal each year is to be awarded a grand champion ribbon. Grand or reserve champion is an immense honor for the exhibitor; and with the Youth Reserve Program and generous buyers, it is rewarding for the entire Junior Fair program. Because no live poultry were exhibited at the Fair this year, the revised Sale of Champions format highlighted top youth poultry skillathon winners in each age class, extending the Sale of Champions opportunity to breeding and waterfowl exhibitors for the first time in history. This year’s sale broke one record, Grand Champion Swiss Cheese selling for $25,000.

Established in 1995, the Youth Reserve Program’s was developed to reward junior exhibitors who participate in the Ohio State Fair. Funds for the program come from the dollars received over a cap that is placed on the amount an exhibitor can receive from the Sale of Champions. The funds from the program are distributed among carcass contests, scholarships, outstanding market exhibitor program, outstanding breeding exhibitor program, showmanship, skillathons, 4-H and FFA. The Youth Reserve Program has awarded $2,820,375 to approximately 32,500 youth exhibitors since its inception.

The 2015 Sale of Champions results are as follows:

Grand Champion Market Beef
Exhibited by: Tyler Clark, Miami County
Purchased by: Kroger Company
Price: $50,000
Cap: $22,000

Reserve Grand Champion Market Beef
Exhibited by: Oliver McGuire, Champaign County
Purchased by: Martin D. Yoder, Woodruff Enterprise
Price: $22,000
Cap: $11,000

Grand Champion Market Barrow
Exhibited by: Troy Elwer, Allen County
Purchased by: Steve Rauch Excavation and Demolition, Concessions by Cox
Price: $42,000
Cap: $10,000

Reserve Grand Champion Market Barrow
Exhibited by: Ashton Dominique, Fulton County
Purchased by: Event Marketing Strategies, Huffman’s Market, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, Bob Evans
Price: $26,000
Cap: $7,000

Grand Champion Market Lamb
Exhibited by: Bailee Amstutz, Union County
Purchased by: Meijer
Price: $32,500
Cap: $10,000

Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb
Exhibited by: Logan Harvel, Fayette County
Purchased by: Kroger Company
Price: $23,000
Cap: $7,000

Grand Champion Market Goat
Exhibited by: Paige Pence, Clark County
Purchased by: S&S Volvo, AG Boogher and Sons, JD Equipment
Price: $17,500
Cap: $5,000

Poultry Skillathon Winners

9 year old: Masson Sanders, Richland County
10 year old: Katelyn Vollrath, Union County
11 year old: Caleb Murawski, Ashland County
12 year old: Mel Lindner, Erie County
13 year old: Jillian Salmon, Delaware County
14 year old: Seth Abel, Licking County
15 year old: Dorothy Rees, Union County
16 year old: Autumn Mohler, Union County
17 year old: Taylor Thatcher, Clinton County
18 year old: Mallory Spring, Muskingum County
3rd place – Taylor Thatcher, Clinton County (17 yr old)
2nd place – Autumn Mohler, Union County (16 yr old)
1st place – Mallory Spring, Muskingum County (18 yr old)

Thanksgiving Dinner, sponsored by the Ohio Poultry Breeders Association, representing the poultry skillathon winners:

Purchased by: Gerber Poultry, Cooper Farms, Weaver Brothers, Case Farms, Hertzfeld Farms, Trillium Farms, Prairie Star Farms, Hemmelgarn and Sons, Cal Maine Foods, Sauder Amish Eggs, Hillandale Farms, Stoller Farms, Kalmbach Feeds, Wendel Poultry Service, Nature Pure, New Day Farms, Mercer Landmark, and Kroger Company

Price: $26,000
No cap

Grand Champion Swiss Cheese, produced by Guggisberg Cheese Co., representing the six dairy champions and supreme dairy showmen:

Exhibited by: Grand Champion Ayrshire: Grace Hageman, Shelby County
Grand Champion Brown Swiss: Madelyn Topp, Auglaize County
Grand Champion Guernsey: Keenan Wolf, Wayne County
Grand Champion Holstein: Kyle Ackley, Logan County
Grand Champion Jersey: Lane Greiwe, Logan County
Grand Champion Milking Shorthorn: Kinley Topp, Shelby County
Supreme Showman, Week 1 – Exhibited by: Blake Griewe, Logan County
Supreme Showman, Week 2 – Exhibited by: Madelyn Topp, Auglaize County

Purchased by: S&S Volvo and AG Boogher and Sons
Price: $25,000 *
Cap: $3,000

2015 total sale: $264,000

2015 amount earned for Youth Reserve Program: $189,000

*Denotes new record

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