The time has come for dedicated junior livestock exhibitors to take the stage during the 2018 Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions. The sale will be held tomorrow, Sunday, Aug. 5 at 2 pm in the WCOL Celeste Center.
The 2018 sale will include 11 champions from 16 youth: Grand and Reserve Champion Market Beef, Grand and Reserve Champion Market Barrow, Grand and Reserve Champion Market Lamb, Grand and Reserve Champion Meat Chickens, Grand Champion Market Goat, Grand Champion Market Turkey and Grand Champion Swiss Cheese (representing the seven dairy champions).
A high point of the junior fair program, the Sale of Champions was established in 1968 and showcases the animals that are selected as the premium entry in their species. Just as important as the exhibitors are the devoted supporters who attend the sale to purchase these animals and donate generously to the Youth Reserve Program. To date, the Youth Reserve Program has awarded $3,366,815 to approximately 40,000 youth exhibitors since its inception.
Since 1995, the Ohio State Fair has placed caps on the amounts exhibitors can earn from their exhibits’ sales. Money exceeding the cap amounts is distributed to reward other youth exhibitors through the Youth Reserve Program. The program allots funds for scholarships, the Outstanding Market Exhibitor Program, FFA, 4-H, skillathons, outstanding breeding exhibitor program, showmanship and other Fair competition winners.
The bill for the 2018 Sale of Champions is as follows:
Grand Champion Market Beef
Exhibitor: Caden Jones
Reserve Grand Champion Market Beef
Exhibitor: Carver Gostomsky
Grand Champion Market Barrow
Exhibitor: Matthew Butterfield
Reserve Grand Champion Market Barrow
Exhibitor: Grant Adams
Grand Champion Market Lamb
Exhibitor: Grant Johnson
Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb
Exhibitor: Bailee Amstutz
Grand Champion Meat Chickens
Exhibitor: Allison Davis
Reserve Grand Champion Meat Chickens
Exhibitor: Meghan O’Reilly
Grand Champion Market Goat
Exhibitor: Ava Shroyer
Grand Champion Market Turkey
Exhibitor: Myah Jones
Grand Champion Swiss Cheese exhibited by Pearl Valley Cheese representing the seven dairy champions
Grand Champion Ayrshire: Marissa Topp, Auglaize County
Grand Champion Brown Swiss: Keaton Topp, Shelby County
Grand Champion Guernsey: Abigayle Dicke, Mercer County
Grand Champion Holstein: Kristopher Ackley, Logan County
Grand Champion Jersey: Drake Tompkins, Morgan County
Grand Champion Red & White: Madeline Topp, Auglaize County
Grand Champion Milking Shorthorn: Aubree Topp, Shelby County
Week 1 – Exhibited by: Madeline Topp, Auglaize County
Week 2 – Exhibited by: Kinley Topp, Shelby County
The Ohio State Fair will offer multiple viewing options for those who cannot attend the Sale. In addition to being broadcast live on the Ohio Channel statewide, the event will stream live online on the Ohio State Fair Facebook page, ohiochannel.org and on Ohio Ag Net at ocj.com. The Ohio Channel is broadcast on WVIZ in Akron/Cleveland, WOUB in Athens, WCET in Cincinnati, WOSU in Columbus, WPTD in Dayton, WGTE in Toledo. A complete channel list is available at ohiochannel.org.