State fair's 'Sale of Champions' breaks record
Rod Crome of Albion, keeps his eyes on the judges while competing in the Yearling Ewe competition at the Illinois State Fair Wednesday.
SPRINGFIELD — The "Sale of Champions" at this year's Illinois State Fair was a record-breaker.
Acting Agriculture Director Bob Flider says buyers at Tuesday's sale paid record prices for five animals. The annual auction of prize-winning state fair junior livestock brought in more than $159,000 for the producers and Illinois' 4-H and Future Farmers of America education programs.
The grand champion wether raised by 18-year-old Caleb Whitcomb was auctioned off for $17,200. The sheep's sale broke the previous record by nearly $5,000.
But the auction's big ticket item was the fair's grand champion steer. The crossbred shown by 16-year-old A.J. Line of Seaton sold for $52,000, which topped the previous record by $800.
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