Logan County youth beats all-time record at state fair Sale of
raises staggering $222,650 for junior producers and state's 4-H and
FFA youth education programs
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[August 16, 2013]
SPRINGFIELD -- This was an
amazing year for the Governor's Sale of Champions, an auction of
prize-winning Illinois State Fair junior livestock. Seven records
were broken Tuesday, including two that more than doubled, and an
eighth was tied. The grand champion barrow, exhibited by Lane
Rinderer of Elkhart, sold for nearly four times the previous record
With encouragement from Gov. Pat Quinn and Agriculture Director Bob
Flider, a total of $222,650 was raised for the youngsters who
exhibited the animals and for the state's 4-H and FFA youth
education programs. Together, the two leaders persuaded buyers to
pay record-breaking prices for the Land of Lincoln meat goat, the
grand champion meat goat, the Land of Lincoln wether, the Land of
Lincoln barrow, the grand champion barrow, the Land of Lincoln steer
and the grand champion steer. In addition, the Land of Lincoln
supreme champion female print tied its record sales price.
grand champion steer, exhibited by Nelson England of Oneida, fetched
the highest price. It sold for $62,000, or $10,000 more than the
previous record. The largest increases, however, were recorded by
the Land of Lincoln wether and Land of Lincoln barrow. Hanna
Runner's wether sold for $19,100, more than twice as much as the
former record of $9,500, and Lane Rinderer's barrow sold for
$40,650, obliterating the previous high purchase price of $11,000.
Runner is from Sciota, and Rinderer hails from Elkhart.
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The junior producers who raised the champion animals receive 80
percent of the sales price. The 4-H and FFA programs split the
remaining 20 percent equally.
For a list of all the champions sold at the auction, as well as
the exhibitors, the purchasers and the amount that each champion
sold for, click here.
Prior to the sale of junior livestock, the fair's best processed
foods were auctioned. For the results of the Commodities Auction,
Illinois State Fair
file received from the
Illinois Office of
Communication and Information]