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 meat chickens, market lambs, market barrows and market beef, as well as grand champion market goat, turkey and a block of Swiss cheese to represent the six dairy champions.

“The Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions would not be the successful event it has become without our champions’ dedication to excellence and the generous support of our buyers,” said General Manager Virgil Strickler. “Every year we are amazed by the funds raised for the Youth Reserve Program. We are incredibly thankful for the $343,500 raised today.”

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 four records including Reserve Grand Champion Market Beef, Grand Champion Market Lamb and Grand Champion Market Turkey, Grand Champion Swiss Cheese.

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 $2,820,375to approximately 32,500 youth exhibitors since its inception.

The 2014 Sale of Champions results are as follows:

Grand Champion Market Beef
Exhibited by: Gerrett Davison, Madison County
Purchased by: Steve R. Rauch Excavating and Demolition
Price:  $80,000
Cap: $21,000

Reserve Grand Champion Market Beef
Exhibited by: Brooke Egbert, Auglaize County
Purchased by: Meijer
Price: $55,000*
Cap:  $10,000

Grand Champion Market Barrow
Exhibited by: Hannah Frobose, Wood County
Purchased by: The Kroger Company
Price:  $42,000
Cap:  $9,000

Reserve Grand Champion Market Barrow
Exhibited by:  Nicholas Adams, Wood County
Purchased by: Mark and Megan Kvamme
Price:  $22,000
Cap:  $6,000

Grand Champion Market Lamb
Exhibited by:  Logan Harvel, Fayette County
Purchased by: Mark and Megan Kvamme
Price: $46,500*
Cap:  $9,000

Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb
Exhibited by: Colin Gump, Miami County
Purchased by: S & S Volvo
Price: $11,000
Cap: $6,000

Grand Champion Meat Chickens
Exhibited by: Madison Simon, Montgomery County
Purchased by: The Kroger Company, Gerber Poultry
Price:  $20,000
Cap:  $5,000

Reserve Grand Champion Meat Chickens
Exhibited by:  Ethan Weir, Wyandot County
Purchased by: The Ohio Harness Racing Association, Huffman’s Market and Direct Feed Sales
Price: $13,000
Cap:  $3,000

Grand Champion Market Goat
Exhibited by: Cami Reveal, Clinton County
Purchased by: Concessions by Cox, Event Marketing Strategies, Amusements of America and ABC Sanitation
Price: $16,000
Cap:  $5,000

Grand Champion Market Turkey
Exhibited by: Hanna Shafer, Miami County
Purchased by: Mark and Megan Kvamme, Sunbury, Ohio
Price:  $15,000*
Cap:  $3,000

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

Exhibited by:    

Grand Champion Aryshire: Corey Jodrey, Adams County
Grand Champion Brown Swiss: Braxton Perry, Champaign County
Grand Champion Guernsey: Keenan Wolf, Wayne County
Grand Champion Holstein: Kristopher Ackley, Logan County
Grand Champion Jersey: Lane Greiwe, Shelby County
Grand Champion Milking Shorthorn: Madelyn Baker, Columbiana County
Supreme Showman: Tanner Topp, Auglaize County
Supreme Showman: Keaton Topp, Shelby County

Purchased by: S&S Volvo, AG Boogher and Sons
Price: $23,000*
Cap:  $3,000

2014 total sale: $343,500

2014 amount earned for Youth Reserve Program: $263,500

*Denotes new record

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

The Ohio Expo Center is proud to host the Ohio State Fair. With a spectacular midway, big-name entertainment, hundreds of exhibits and one of the largest junior fair shows in the nation, the 2015 Ohio State Fair will run July 29 – Aug. 9, 2015.

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