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, grand champion and reserve champion market chickens, grand champion market turkey and a block of Swiss cheese to represent the seven dairy champions. In full, the livestock was auctioned for a total of $269,500.

“We wouldn’t have such a successful Sale of Champions if it weren’t for our talented and dedicated youth and our incredibly supportive buyers. Our Youth Reserve Program is very impactful to not just those in the Sale of Champions but for everyone involved in the youth organization, I like that we can reward everyone involved.” stated General Manager Virgil Strickler. “We are exceptionally pleased with the $181,000 raised for the Youth Reserve Program 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. This year’s sale broke two records: Grand Champion Swiss Cheese sold for $26,000, Grand Champion Market Turkey sold for $16,000.

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 $3,020,530 to approximately 33,000 youth exhibitors since its inception.

The 2016 Sale of Champions results are as follows:

Grand Champion Market Beef
Exhibited by: Brooke Egbert, Auglaize County
Purchased by: Steve Rauch Excavation and Demolition
Price: $45,000
Cap: $22,000

Reserve Grand Champion Market Beef
Exhibited by: Caden Jones, Allen County
Purchased by: Kroger Company
Price: $33,00013000
Cap: $11,000

Grand Champion Market Barrow
Exhibited by: Ashton Frey, Wyandot County
Purchased by: Bob Evans Farms, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, Event Marketing Strategies, Huffman’s Market, Amusements of America
Price: $36,000
Cap: $10,000

Reserve Grand Champion Market Barrow
Exhibited by: Lea Kimley, Clark County
Purchased by: Meijer
Price: $30,000
Cap: $7,000

Grand Champion Meat Chickens
Exhibited by: Kady Davis, Carroll County
Purchased by: Kroger Company and Gerber Poultry
Price: $13,000
Cap: $6,000

Reserve Champion Meat Chickens
Exhibited by: Remmington Price, Hancock County
Purchased by: Kroger Company and Gerber Poultry
Price: $12,000
Cap: $4,000

Grand Champion Market Lamb
Exhibited by: Kylee Johnson, Wayne County
Purchased by: Kroger Company
Price: $23,000
Cap: $10,000

Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb
Exhibited by: Paige Pence, Clark County
Purchased by: AG Boogher and Sons and S & S Volvo
Price: $20,500
Cap: $7,000

Grand Champion Market Goat
Exhibited by: Taylor Carr, Athens County
Purchased by: Kale Marketing, Ohio Harness Horseman’s Association, Denny Miller with Direct Feeds
Price: $15,000
Cap: $5,000

Grand Champion Market Turkey
Exhibited by: Zac Ortman, Perry County
Purchased by: Cooper Farms, Weaver Brothers, Trillium Farms, Hillandale Farms of Ohio, Hemmelgarn and Sons, Hertzfeld Poultry Farm, Cal Maine Foods, R. W. Sauder, Midwest Poultry Service, Prairie Star Farms and Wendel Poultry Service.
Price: $16,000*
Cap: $3,000

Grand Champion Swiss Cheese, produced by Guggisberg Cheese Co., representing the seven dairy champions and supreme dairy showmen:
Exhibited by: Grand Champion Ayrshire: Trevor Greiwe, Logan County
Grand Champion Brown Swiss: Madelyn Topp, Auglaize County
Grand Champion Guernsey: Alex Richardson, Auglaize County
Grand Champion Holstein: Olivia Finke, Madison County
Grand Champion Jersey: Keaton Topp, Auglaize County
Grand Champion Red and White: Olivia Finke, Madison County
Grand Champion Milking Shorthorn: Aubrey Topp, Auglaize County
Supreme Showman, Week 1 – Exhibited by: Becca Valves, Holmes County
Supreme Showman, Week 2 – Exhibited by: Will Hughes, Holmes County
Purchased by: S & S Volvo and AG Boogher and Sons
Price: $26,000*
Cap: $3,500

2016 total sale: $269,500
2016 amount earned for Youth Reserve Program: $181,000

*Denotes new record

For more information, call 1-888-OHO-EXPO or 1-614-644-FAIR. On the Web, visit us at ohiostatefair.com.

August 7, 2016
| Newsroom