Ohio State Fair sets six new sale records


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
Bid: $65,000
Buyer: S & S Volvo, GMC Trucks of Lima, J.D. Equipment and Elgin Service Center.
Reserve champion exhibitor: Andy Sloan of Richland County
Bid: $30,000
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
Bid: $42,000
Buyer: Meijer
Reserve champion market barrow exhibitor: Alec Bremek of Logan County
Bid: $27,000
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
Bid: $45,000
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
Bid: $22,000
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
Bid: $27,000
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
Bid: $14,500
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.


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Chris Kick served Farm and Dairy's readership as a reporter for nearly a decade before accepting a job at Iowa State University Extension. An American FFA Degree recipient, he holds a bachelor’s in creative writing from Ashland University.


  1. Hello Chris, Could you inform your readers what the cap on $$$ each child is to receive for their animal?

    Thanks, Barb Jones

  2. The caps for the sale of champions are as follows: Grand steer, $21,000; reserve steer, $10,000; grand market barrow, $9,000; reserve market barrow, $6,000; grand market lamb, $9,000; reserve market lamb, $6,000; grand market chickens, $5,000; and reserve market chickens, $3,000.

    These are the highest amounts the exhibitors receive, with the remainder going toward various 4-H and FFA youth programs and scholarships.

  3. Thanks Chris. It seems that the 4-H and FFA receive the bulk of the monies rather than the children who do all the work. Who sets the monetary payout and is it adjusted as the what the market will bear. Certainly the monies should increase, as the monies buyers are paying are increasing.


  4. Here’s some additional information on the Youth Reserve Program at the Ohio State Fair:

    Since 1995, the Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions has capped the amount an individual market exhibitor could receive from the sale of his or her animal. Twenty-five percent of the final bid, or the amount over the cap (whichever is greater), is distributed among other youth exhibitors, including the following:
    25 percent to carcass contests
    20 percent to scholarships
    15 percent to Outstanding Marketing Exhibitor Program
    8 percent to showmanship contests
    8 percent to skillathon contests
    5 percent to dairy cattle program
    11 percent to breeding livestock
    4 percent to FFA
    4 percent to 4-H

  5. Chris,

    Could you tell me if the Jersey cows, Bessie and Bella gave birth. And if so, can you give some statistics about the calves.


  6. Bella was in labor the last day of the fair; she was in the birthing center on the same day. As of the time I left the fair around 4:30 to 5:00 pm, she still hadn’t given birth and they were taking her home to do so.


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