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Sale of Champions highest in 30-year fair history

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By The Staff

The 105th Kentucky State Fair’s 4-H and FFA Sale of Champions concluded with $126,500 raised during the live auction, the second largest sum raised in its 30-year history. The annual sale brought in $127,250 in 2008, which was an all-time high for the event.

The winning steers, hogs, lambs and goats featured in the Sale of Champions are exhibited by 4-H and FFA members during the Kentucky State Fair. The youth exhibitors receive 60 percent of the purchase price, 30 percent is distributed to the respective class winners, and the remaining 10 percent is divided equally among Kentucky 4-H and FFA. Since the Kentucky State Fair Sale of Champions’ inception in 1980, more than $1.85 million has been raised through the auction to further promote and encourage the continuation of youth involvement in agribusinesss.

The 2009 Kentucky State Fair Sale of Champions exhibitors, purchasers and sale prices are:

 GRAND CHAMPION STEER

Exhibited by: Taylor Stevenson-Tolle, Spencer County 4-H

Purchased by: Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance, Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association, Kentucky Livestock Marketing Association, Whayne Supply Company, Central Bank for $25,000

 RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION STEER

Exhibited by: Kyle Ayer, McLean County 4-H

Purchased by: Centerplate, Inc., Proof on Main Restaurant, Miles Farm Supply for $21,000

GRAND CHAMPION HOG

Exhibited by: Blake Quiggins, Hart County 4-H

Purchased by: Kentucky Pork Producers Association, Ed Jenkins, Jefferson County Farm Bureau, Kentucky Soybean Board, Friends of the Sale, P.B.I. Bank for $16,500

RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION HOG

Exhibited by: Moriah Penick, Kenton County 4-H

Purchased by: Kentucky Corn Growers Association, Hilton Garden Inn, Monsanto, North American Midway Entertainment, Judah Real Estate Group for $13,250

 GRAND CHAMPION LAMB

Exhibited by: Jessey Craig, Jessamine County FFA

Purchased by: Bluegrass Coca-Cola of Kentucky, Galt House Hotel & Suites, Crowne Plaza, Kentucky Lamb and Wool Producers, Dairy Queen, Bill Malone, Deming, Malone, Livesay & Ostroff, Mike Hancock Family for $16,250

 RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION LAMB

Exhibited by: Jordan Amburgey, Montgomery County FFA

Purchased by: Fifth Third Bank, Central Farm Supply, Kentucky FFA Foundation, Sam Moore, KY Association of Fairs & Horse Shows for $13,000

GRAND CHAMPION GOAT

Exhibited by: Heather Dawn Brown, Barren County FFA

Purchased by: Ron and Lynn Carmicle, Tom Schifano, Farm Credit Services, Kentucky Goat Breeders Association, MPC Promotions, Galloway Appraisal, Dynasty Meat Goats for $11,250

RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION GOAT

Exhibited by: Bradon Burks, Barren County 4-H

Purchased by: PNC Bank, Kentucky Livestock Improvement Association, Kentucky 4-H Foundation, Jim Hamilton, Ken and Rhoda Bell, Selenas Restaurant, Farmers Fertilizer of Smiths Grove, Hartland Equipment for $10,250.