Sale of Champions invests in tomorrow’s agricultural leaders
Logan County youth Griffen Jodlowski earns $250 for his Best of Show Goat Milk

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[August 18, 2017]    SPRINGFIELD - Being in the Governor’s Sale of Champions is something all livestock exhibitors dream about, but few are able to accomplish.

Each year, this marquis event of the Illinois State Fair Ag Day festivities showcases the hard work and dedication of the youth in the agriculture industry.

In addition to being spotlighted before a full crowd at the Livestock Center on Tuesday night, these Grand Champion exhibitors, along with the Reserve Grand Champion exhibitors, will receive a portion of the proceeds from the sale of their animal. The exhibitors use the funds towards their college education, or invest it back into projects for next year.

“The Illinois State Fair recognizes that these youth exhibitors are the future of Illinois agriculture,” stated Raymond Poe, Agriculture Director. “In the coming years, there is projected to be an influx of agriculture jobs available for those who are trained, educated and qualified to fill them. We strive to encourage these kids to stay involved in Illinois agriculture and make a career in our state’s number one industry.”

CME Group and AT&T also realize the importance of education, which is why they have collectively donated $60,000 in scholarships to this year’s Sale of Champions. Each of the ten Grand Champion exhibitors will received a $1,000 scholarship from AT&T and a $5,000 scholarship from CME Group, for a total of $6,000.

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This year, the Department of Agriculture made significant changes to the formula used to award the money raised at tonight’s sale. These changes were designed to award more youth exhibitors for their agricultural achievements. Under new rules, this year’s Reserve Grand Champion exhibitors will be receiving a portion of the proceeds from this evening’s sale.

Below are the results of the 2017 Commodity Auction and the 2017 Sale of Champions. It should be noted that the goats, sheep, barrows, and steers are being donated to the University of Illinois College of ACES.

[Illinois State Fair]






Champion Cream Cheese

Swiss Valley

Luana, Iowa

Illinois Auctioneers Association

Senator Sam McCann


Champion Queso Fresco

V &V Supremo

Chicago, IL / Cook County

University of Illinois College of ACES

Dean Kim Kidwell


Champion Swiss Cheese

Shullsburg Cheese Company

Shullsburg, WI

Joe Hampton

George Obernagle


Champion Cheddar Cheese

Foremost Farms

Marshfield, WI

Rodd Buffington



Champion Ice Cream

Bob’s Ice Cream

Eureka, IL / Woodford County

Susan J. Koch, Chancellor, University of Illinois – Springfield


Champion Snack Sticks

Ream’s Meat Market

Elburn, IL / Kane County

George Obernagle


Champion Beef Jerky

AJ’s Lena Maid Meats

Lena, IL / Stephenson County

Amy Cheatham

ISHA/Farm Credit of Illinois


Champion Bacon

AJ’s Lena Maid Meats

Lena, IL / Stephenson County

Pearly Hanold Jr.

Cracked Egg Diner


Champion Ham

Eickman’s Processing Company

Seward, IL / Winnebago County

Earl Sorrells of Raymond, IL


Best of Show Wine

Galena Cellars

Galena, IL /  Jo Daviess County

Senator Sam McCann

Illinois State Auctioneers Association – District 5


Grand Champion Honey

Angela Nelson

Elburn, IL / Kane County

Marty & Donna Davis – McDonald’s


Best in Show Dairy Goat’s Milk

Griffen Jodlowski

Atlanta, IL / Logan County

Adcock-Britz Auction








Grand Champion Rabbit Meat Pen

Dax    Gentes


Agrivest Farm Management

American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois



Grand Champion Poultry Market Pen

Caroline  Gill


Burrus Seed Company

Friends of Caroline Gill

Yordy Turkey Farm in Morton


Land of Lincoln Supreme Champion Dairy Cow Print

Morgan Olbrich


Prairie Farms, Inc.


Reserve Grand Champion Meat Goat Wether & Reserve Grand Champion Land of Lincoln Meat Goat Wether

Kadie Hummel



Battery Specialists

Midwest Livestock – Shawn Andrews


Grand Champion Meat Goat Wether & Grand Champion Land of Lincoln Meat Goat Wether

Tara Hummel


Evans Feed & Bedding

Glen Werry

Springfield Plastics

John & Sherry Tomhave


Grand Champion Land of Lincoln Wether Lamb

Halie Runner


Channel Seed



Dearwester Grain

Friends of Halie Runner

Carol Lingley


Grand Champion Wether Lamb

Kashen Ellerbrock


North American Midway Entertainment


Grand Champion Land of Lincoln Barrow

Bryce Bedeker


Monsanto, DEKALB and Asgrow

Marty & Donna Davis –Marty & Donna Davis –


Grand Champion Barrow

Cooper Bertolino


CME Group


Grand Champion Land of Lincoln Steer

Adam  Miller



Pease’s Bunn Gourmet

Abby Tomhave


Grand Champion Steer

Olivia Caldwell


Governor and Mrs. Bruce Rauner




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