Several records were set Sunday during the annual Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions.
The biggest record set was a total of $344,700 was bid on a total of 11 Grand & Reserve Champion Animals & Exhibits shown by Ohio youth. Of that total $267,400 set a new record of going into a general Youth Reserve Program that was established in 1995, to reward young people that participate in fair activities. Those are given out in various ways including carcass contests, scholarships, outstanding market & breeding exhibitor programs, showmanship, skill-a-thons, 4-H & FFA.
Champions sold during the sale have a preset cap & if bids go over those caps then rest of the money goes into the special fund.
Two area youth were part of the record breaking day. Fayette County Adam McCoy who had the Reserve Grand Champion Market Barrow saw it go for record $31,000 by Kroger's. Adam will get to keep $6,000 of those funds with rest going into the Youth Reserve Program. Adam finished 4th during the recent Fayette County Fair Hog Showmanship Competition.
Madison County Delanie Wiseman saw her Reserve Champion Market Lamb also purchased by Kroger's going for $25,500. She will also keep $6,000 of that bid for herself. Delanie had the Madison County Grand Champion Jr. Market Lamb at their recent Madison County Fair & won both the Lamb & Hog Shows.
Kevin Wendt was the auctioneer during the sale. Kevin of course has served as the auctioneer of all three nights of the Fayette County Fair Junior Auctions for many years.