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, market beef and three new additions for 2011 that included the 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 support all youth participants for years to come with a record $236,000 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 three records including Reserve Champion Market Beef, Reserve Champion Meat Chickens and the Grand Champion Market Beef record which was set in 2001. Three new records were also set for this year’s newest additions of grand champion market goat, turkey and block of Swiss cheese to represent the six dairy champions. The Ohio Swiss Cheese Association donated the Ohio State Fair Grand Champion Cheese, produced by Guggisberg Cheese, for the Sale of Champions auction.

Established in 1995, the Youth Reserve Program’s purpose is 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 more than 24,000 youth exhibitors $1,778,950 since its inception.

The results of the 2011 Sale of Champions are as follows:

Grand Champion Market Beef
Exhibited by: Danielle Heintz, Auglaize County
Purchased by:  JD Equipment, S&S Volvo
Price:  $85,000*
Cap: $21,000

Reserve Grand Champion Market Beef
Exhibited by: Megan Miller, Holmes County
Purchased by:  Steve R. Rauch Excavating and Demolition
Price:  $40,000*
Cap:  $10,000

Grand Champion Market Barrow
Exhibited by:  Levi Stauffer, Hardin County
Purchased by:  Meijer Company
Price:  $41,000
Cap:  $9,000

Reserve Grand Champion Market Barrow
Exhibited by:  Troy Elwer, Allen County
Purchased by:  Bob Evans Farms, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation
Price:  $20,000
Cap:  $6,000

Grand Champion Market Lamb
Exhibited by:  Mackenzie Fruchey, Fayette County
Purchased by:  Kroger Company
Price:  $43,000
Cap:  $9,000

Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb
Exhibited by:  Madison Banbury, Knox County
Purchased by:  Kale Marketing, Burkhart Farms, The Ohio Horse Racing Industry
Price:  $19,500
Cap:  $6,000

Grand Champion Meat Chickens
Exhibited by:  Emily Myers, Montgomery County
Purchased by:  Cox Concessions, Amusements of America, Event Marketing Strategies
Price:  $17,000
Cap:  $5,000

Reserve Grand Champion Meat Chickens
Exhibited by:  Reggie Regula, Logan County
Purchased by:  Kroger Company, Park Farms
Price:  $16,000*
Cap:  $3,000

Grand Champion Market Goat
Exhibited by:  Jordan Fledderjohann, Shelby County
Purchased by:  Huffman Markets, Direct Feed Sales – Denny Miller
Price:  $8,500*
Cap:  $ 5,000

Grand Champion Market Turkey
Exhibited by:  Zach Johnson, Clinton County
Purchased by:  Kretchimar Deli
Price:  $10,500*
Cap:  $3,000

Grand Champion Swiss Cheese, representing the six dairy champions
Exhibited by:  Grand Champion Aryshire, Tanner Topp, Adams County
Grand Champion Brown Swiss, Michelle Funk, Ashland County
Grand Champion Guernsey, Erica Showalter, Guernsey County
Grand Champion Holstein, Anna Miley, Wayne County
Grand Champion Jersey, Allison Mangun, Wayne County
Grand Champion Milking Shorthorn, Keaton Topp, Shelby County
Purchased by: Kroger Deli and Bakery, Westfield Insurance AgriBusiness Division, Biery Cheese Co., COBA/Select Sires, Inc., John and Suzann Spreng-LongAcre Farms,and DHI Cooperative Inc.
Price:  $15,500*
Cap:  $3,000

2011 total sale:  $316,000
2011 amount earned for Youth Reserve Program:  $236,000

*Denotes new record

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