Bobell girls earn 40+K at Governors Sale of Champions

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[August 17, 2019]    Being in the Governor’s Sale of Champions is something all livestock exhibitors dream about, but few are able to accomplish. Each year, this marquee 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 the crowd at the newly refurbished Coliseum 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.

“These exhibitors are the future of agricultural in our state and the represent the best of the best,” said John Sullivan, Director, Illinois Department of Agriculture. “The Sale of Champions is the highlight of the Illinois State Fair and to be able to bring it back inside of the Coliseum is phenomenal.”

CME Group also realizes the importance of education, which is why they have donated $50,000 in scholarships to this year’s Sale of Champions. Each of the ten Grand Champion exhibitors will receive a $5,000 scholarship from CME Group. In addition to the $50,000 the CME Group will give $1,000 scholarships to the Reserve Grand Champions as well.

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Governor JB Pritzker ended up in a bidding war for the Grand Champion Steer with none other than his wife MK. She drove up the price as the MK took home the Grand Champion Steer with a bid of $75,000.

Below are the results of the 2019 Commodity Auction and the 2019 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.

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Champion Feta in Brine

Nasonville Dairy

Mashfield, WI

Davis Family (McDonalds) Marty Davis


Grand Champion Medium Cheddar Cheese

Foremost Farms

Mashfield, WI

CTC Food Sanitation Company-Rod Buffington


Grand Champion Colby Jack Cheese

Shullsburg Creamery

Shullsburg, WI

University of Illinois College of ACES-Dean Kidwell


Grand Champion Swiss Cheese

Prairie Farms Dairy Cheese

Monona, IA

Farm Credit of Illinois, Illinois State Auctioneers Association

President: Kara Miller


Grand Champion Smoked Cheddar Cheese

Shullsburg Cheese

Shullsburg, WI

Cory Craig & William Beck


Grand Champion Beef Jerkey

Turasky Meats

Springfield, IL

Joe Hampton & George Obernagel


Grand Champion Cooked Bratwurst

Thrushwood Farms Quality Meats

Galesburg, IL

Ed McMillan


Grand Champion Snack Sticks

Ream’s Meat Market

Elburn, IL

Illinois Association of Meat Processors


Grand Champion Bacon

Leiding’s Meats

Danville, IL

McGraw Family (McDonalds) Mike McGraw


Grand Champion

Bone in Ham

Eikman’s Processing

Seward, IL

Joe Hampton & George Obernagel


Best of Show Wine

Galena Cellar

Jo Daviess County

Canton Inn Steakhouse & McDowell Auctioneer


Grand Champion Honey

Jim & Karen Belli

Wadsworth, IL

Illinois State Bee Keepers Association


Best in Show Dairy Goat’s Milk

Lillian Lee

Chatham, IL

Laura Chenels Chevve








Grand Champion Rabbit Meat Pen

Owen Pree


AgriVest Farm Management & George Obernagel


Grand Champion Poultry Market Pen

Faith Foster

Ford County

McDonald’s Owners Embry, Breznay, McGraw & Davis


Land of Lincoln Supreme Champion Dairy Cow Print

Carla Kilgus

Livingston County

Midwest Dairy, Brandt, Prairie Farms & Friends of Kilgus


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

Chase Tomhave

Morgan County

Sygenta, Prairie Land FS, Springfield Plastics, Edward Teefey, Sky Ride, Beard Implement


Grand Champion Meat Goat

Tara Hummel

Kankakee County

RD Lawrence, Selvaggio Steel, Felmley Dickerson Co. & AgriGold


Land of Lincoln Grand Champion Market Lamb

Macy DeBlock

Mercer County

Becks, AgriGold & High Noon


Grand Champion Market Lamb

Carter Hoge

McDonough County

North American Midway


Land of Lincoln Grand Champion Barrow

Ella Bobell

Logan County

DeKalb, Bayer Crop Science & Asgrow


Grand Champion Barrow

Claire Bobell

Logan County

CME Group


Land of Lincoln Grand Champion Steer

Tara Hummel

Kankakee County



Grand Champion Steer

Cole Caldwell

Peoria County

MK Pritzker




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