August 6, 2017
The time has come for dedicated junior livestock exhibitors to take the stage during the 50th Anniversary Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions. The sale will be held today, Sunday, Aug. 6 at 2 pm in the WCOL Celeste Center.
The 2017 sale will include 11 champions from 17 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).
Today’s sale will also recognize the 422 past champions from past to present, with former champions from 1968 and beyond joining Ohio State Fair General Manager Virgil Strickler as honored guests at the event.
A high point of the Junior Fair program, the sale, established in 1968, 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 $3,201,530 to approximately 33,600 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, All-Ohio State Fair Band & Youth Choir and other Fair competition winners.
Today’s Sale of Champions is a free, non-ticketed event in the WCOL Celeste Center. In addition, viewers can watch the Sale live on the Ohio Channel on WVIZ in Akron/Cleveland, WOUB in Athens, WCET in Cincinnati, WOSU in Columbus, WPDT in Dayton and WGTE in Toledo. For a list of channel numbers, please visit http://ohiochannel.org/programs/channel-locator. In addition, the Sale will be streamed live on ohiochannel.org, ohioagnet.org and Facebook.
The bill for the 2017 Sale of Champions is as follows:
Grand Champion Market Beef
Exhibitor: Addison Jones
County: Allen County
Reserve Grand Champion Market Beef
Exhibitor: Montana Hulsmeyer
County: Allen County
Grand Champion Market Barrow
Exhibitor: Matthew Butterfield
County: Butler County
Reserve Grand Champion Market Barrow
Exhibitor: Ella Sprang
County: Holmes County
Grand Champion Market Lamb
Exhibitor: Bailee Amstutz
County: Union County
Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb
Exhibitor: Carly Gump
County: Miami County
Grand Champion Meat Chickens
Exhibitor: LeAnn Regula
County: Logan County
Reserve Grand Champion Meat Chickens
Exhibitor: Zac Ortman
County: Perry County
Grand Champion Market Goat
Exhibitor: Paige Pence
County: Clark County
Grand Champion Market Turkey
Exhibitor: Milan Pozderac
County: Knox County
Grand Champion Swiss Cheese exhibited by Pearl Valley Cheese Co., representing the seven dairy champions
Grand Champion Ayshire: Lane Greiwe, Shelby County
Grand Champion Brown Swiss: Keaton Topp, Shelby County
Grand Champion Guernsey: Aubree Topp, Shelby County
Grand Champion Holstein: Kris Ackley, Logan County
Grand Champion Jersey: Allison Francis, Darke County
Grand Champion Milking Shorthorn: Somer Reid, Guernsey County
Grand Champion Red and White: Ally Cupps, Champaign County
The Ohio Expo Center is proud to host the Ohio State Fair. With big-name entertainment, hundreds of exhibits and one of the largest junior fair shows in the nation, the 2017 Ohio State Fair will run July 26 – Aug. 6
For more information, call 1-888-OHO-EXPO or 1-614-644-FAIR. On the Web, visit us at ohioexpocenter.com.