The Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions livestock auction, held today 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.

“We are incredibly thankful for the support of our buyers,” said General Manager Virgil Strickler. “Not only was this great for the champions, but it will provide support to youth participants for years to come with a record breaking $267,400 raised for the Youth Reserve Program.”

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 seven records which included Grand Champion Swiss Cheese, Grand Champion Turkey, Grand Champion Meat Goat, Grand Champion Meat Chicken, Reserve Grand Champion Meat Chicken, Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb, and Reserve Grand Champion Barrow.

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 $2,291,925 to approximately 31,500 youth exhibitors since its inception.

The results of the 2013 Sale of Champions are as follows:

Grand Champion Market Beef
Exhibited by: Brooke Egbert, Auglaize County
Purchased by: Rauch Excavation
Price:  $70,000
Cap: $21,000 

Reserve Grand Champion Market Beef
Exhibited by: Madison Clark, Miami County
Purchased by: Mark & Megan Kvamme, Sunbury
Price: $35,000
Cap:  $10,000 

Grand Champion Market Barrow
Exhibited by: Sidni Harris, Hocking County
Purchased by: Mark & Megan Kvamme, Sunbury
Price:  $42,500
Cap:  $9,000 

Reserve Grand Champion Market Barrow
Exhibited by:  Adam McCoy, Fayette County
Purchased by: Kroger
Price:  $31,000*
Cap:  $6,000 

Grand Champion Market Lamb
Exhibited by:  Colin Gump, Miami County
Purchased by: Meijer
Price: $42,000
Cap:  $9,000 

Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb
Exhibited by: Delanie Wiseman, Madison County
Purchased by: Kroger
Price: $25,500* 
Cap:  $6,000 

Grand Champion Meat Chickens
Exhibited by: Hayden Johnson, Jefferson County
Purchased by: Gerber Poultry, Kroger
Price: $25,000*
Cap:  $5,000 

Reserve Grand Champion Meat Chickens
Exhibited by:  Cole Krawczyk, Union County
Purchased by: Kale Marketing, Burkhart Farm Center, Parrott Implement, Fisher Excavating, Harsh Farm Services
Price:  $21,000*
Cap:  $3,000 

Grand Champion Market Goat
Exhibited by: Michaela Ambos, Shelby County
Purchased by: Mark and Megan Kvamme, Sunbury, OH
Price: $20,000*
Cap:  $ 5,000 

Grand Champion Market Turkey
Exhibited by: Kaci Carter, Harrison County
Purchased by: CBC Pipleline, D&J Sales and Service, Inc., Seleski Broiler Farm, Cadiz Animal Clinic, D&E Electric, Eberhart Service Center, Joe Myers, Harrison County Service, Willoughby & Company, CPA, Clay’s Drive In, Toland Trucking, Harrison County Commissioners, Energy Partners, LP
Price:  $13,000*
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, Lane Greiwe, Shelby County

Grand Champion Brown Swiss, Kinley Topp, Shelby County
Grand Champion Guernsey, Marshall Overholt, Holmes County
Grand Champion Holstein, Keaton Topp, Shelby County
Grand Champion Jersey, Trevor Greiwe, Logan County
Grand Champion Milking Shorthorn, Jacob Baker, Columbiana County
Supreme Showman, Tanner Topp, Wayne County
Supreme Showman, Megan Cornish, Huron County
Purchased by: Kroger Deli & Bakery Department, American Dairy Association – Mideast, Brewster Dairy, Inc., LongAcre Farm, Biery Cheese, COBA Select Sires, Dairymans, Great Lakes cheese, Maryland Virginia Milk Producers, Burkhart Farm Center
Price: $19,700*
Cap: $3,000 

2013 total sale:  $344,700*
2013 amount earned for Youth Reserve Program:  $267,400*

*Denotes new record

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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 2013 Ohio State Fair will run July 24 – August 4.

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