With the setting of six new sale records, the sale of champions at the 2010 Ohio State Fair is one to remember.
New records were set for the reserve champion market beef, reserve champion market barrow, grand and reserve champion market lambs, and the grand and reserve champion meat chickens.
The sale raised $272,500 — the largest sale total in its history.
Virgil Strickler, general manager of the Ohio Expo Center & State Fair, thanked buyers for their generous support, commending them for helping “numerous Ohio youth for years to come.”
Each animal is assigned a cap on the amount of the sale price an exhibitor can receive, with the remainder going into the Youth Reserve Program — a program that spreads funds across various 4-H and FFA projects, providing youth exhibitors with more than $1.5 million since its inception in 1995.
Aug. 8, 2010
Sale Total: $272,500
Total Lots: 8
Grand champion exhibitor: Danielle Heintz of Auglaize County
Buyer: S & S Volvo, GMC Trucks of Lima, J.D. Equipment and Elgin Service Center.
Reserve champion exhibitor: Andy Sloan of Richland County
Buyer: Steve R. Rauch Excavating and Demolition
New record: The reserve champion steer broke The Kroger Co.’s 2009 record bid of $27,000
Grand champion market barrow exhibitor: Haley Clinker of Defiance County
Reserve champion market barrow exhibitor: Alec Bremek of Logan County
Buyer: Bob Evans Farms and Ohio Farm Bureau Federation
New record: The reserve champion market barrow broke Meijer’s 2008 record bid of $26,000
Grand champion market lamb exhibitor: Rachael Overs of Logan County
Buyer: The Kroger Co., and Park Farms
New record: The grand champion market lamb broke The Kroger Co.’s 2001 record bid of $30,000
Reserve champion market lambb exhibitor: Madison Banbury
Buyer: Kale Marketing, Huffman’s Market, Burkhart Farm Center, Ohio Racing Industry, and Direct Feeds
New record: The reserve champion market lamb broke the record bid of $17,500 by Kale Marketing, Burkhart Farm Center, and J.D. Equipment in 2006
Grand champion meat chickens exhibitor: Tyler Gray of Union County
Buyer: The Kroger Co.
New record: The grand champion meat chickens broke the 2001 record of $18,000 by The Kroger Co.
Reserve champion meat chickens exhibitor: Garrett Shafer of Miami County
Buyer: Concessions by Cox, Amusements of America, Event Marketing Strategies, and Brian Shenkman
New record: The reserve champion meat chickens broke the 2008 record of $11,500 by Kale Marketing and Burkhart Farm Center
Johnny Regula, Steve Andrews, Todd Woodruff and Kevin Wendt. Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland helped work the sale ring.