The Governor's Sale of Champion has always been the crown jewel
of agricultural events at the Illinois State Fair, and this year
was no exception. For the second year in a row, the sale was
held in the Coliseum. This grand venue serves as the pinnacle
forum for an ag exhibitor.
Capping the night off was the sale was the Grand Champion Steer
owned by Lucas Wisnefski. Wisnefski's steer sold for a record
$104,000 to Governor and Mrs. Bruce Rauner and Friends of
When asked about what advice he would give to future state fair
exhibitor, Wisnefski said, "Keep your dreams. I had a dream to
win the State Fair, and now my dream has come true." He credits
his win to hard work and dedication. Wisnefski plans to use the
prize money to further his education.
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All totaled, the Sale of Champions brought in $159,210.
The money raised at Tuesday night's auction helps to support
Illinois agriculture. The junior exhibitors who raised the
champion animals receive 80 percent of the funds with the
remaining 20 percent to be split equally between the Illinois
4-H Foundation and Illinois FFA.
The Grand Champion Barrow was owned by Lane Rinderer of Madison
County and sold for $41,750.
Locally, Cameron Jodlowski of Atlanta had the Grand Champion
Does Milk, which sold for $250.00.
Click here for the complete sale list in PDF format
[Rebecca Clark, Illinois State Fair]