"There were a lot of good purebreds out there," Gradert said. "I was
Gradert, who will attend Black Hawk College this fall,
has shown hogs for nine years. He said he enjoys the competition
because of the people he gets to meet.
His barrow will be sold Tuesday in the Sale of Champions, an
auction of the fair's grand champion junior livestock. Gradert said
the money he earns that does not go toward college will be split
among his family.
Jessica Awe, 18, of Elkhart, drove the reserve grand champion
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Lane Rinderer, 15, of Highland, exhibited the grand champion Land
of Lincoln barrow, a Yorkshire.
"It's the greatest feeling in the world," Rinderer said. "It
really proves that hard work pays off."
The reserve grand champion Land of Lincoln barrow was exhibited
by Codee Schlipf, 17, of El Paso.
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