DREAMS ACHIEVED AT THE ILLINOIS STATE FAIR – Event raises $248,175 for junior producers and state’s 4-H and FFA youth education programs

 

DREAMS ACHIEVED AT THE ILLINOIS STATE FAIR

Event raises $248,175 for junior producers and state’s 4-H and FFA youth education programs

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – “This is the showcase for Illinois agriculture… the Super Bowl for 4-H and FFA exhibitors” -Orion Samuelson 

 

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 Wisnefski.  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.

 

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.

 

A list of all the champions sold at auction, as well as the exhibitors, purchasers, and the amount that each champion sold for follows.  The record-breaking amount is in bold.

 

Product

 

Exhibitor

 

City/County

 

Purchasers

 

Price

 

Grand Champion Rabbit Meat Pen Trio

 

Serena Schafer

 

Macoupin County, IL

 

Agrivest Inc., Agri-Pro Fencing, Tomhave Farms

 

$4,550

 

Grand Champion Poultry Meat Pen

 

Jacob Hinshaw

 

McLean County, IL

 

Congressman Rodney Davis, Davis Family McDonald’s

 

$4,000

 

Land of Lincoln Supreme Champion Dairy Cow Print

 

Sadie Ropp

 

Livingston County, IL

 

Prairie Farms Dairy

 

$3,000

 

Grand Champion & Land of Lincoln Grand Champion Meat Goat Wether

 

Dylan Hummel

 

Ford County, IL

 

Friends of FFA and

 

4-H

 

 $6,500

 

Grand Champion & Land of Lincoln Grand Champion Wether

 

Kashen Ellerbrock

 

Henry County, IL

 

North American Amusement Company

 

$11,500

 

Land of Lincoln Grand Champion Barrow

 

Lane Rinderer

 

Madison County, IL

 

Monsanto, DeKalb Asgrow, Friends of Rinderer

 

$41,750

 

Grand Champion Barrow

 

Avery Rash

 

Henry County, IL

 

CME Group, The Pig Planet, showpig.com, and various farms

 

$30,000

 

Land of Lincoln Grand Champion Steer

 

Adam Miller

 

Livingston County, IL

 

Brandt Fertilizer

 

$36,250

 

Grand Champion Steer

 

Lucas Wisnefski

 

Stark County, IL

 

Governor & Mrs. Bruce Rauner, Friends of Wisnefski

 

$104,000

 

Product

 

Exhibitor

 

City/State

 

Purchasers

 

Price

 

Grand Champion Whole Milk Mozzarella

 

Foremost Farms USA

 

Chilton, WI

 

Corey Craig & William Beck Auctioneers

 

 

 

$550

 

Grand Champion Bacon

 

Leiding’s Meats

 

Danville, IL

 

Paul Turner

 

$725

 

Grand Champion Ham

 

Eickman’s

 

Seward, IL

 

Illinois Auctioneers Association & Farm Credit

 

$850

 

Grand Champion Processed Beef

 

AJ’s Lena Maid Meats

 

Lena, IL

 

Earl Sorrell’s Farm Supply

 

$600

 

Best of Show Illinois Wine

 

Willow Ridge
Winery 
Shelby County, IL

 

Stuart and Ann Wilson

 

$675

 

Grand Champion Honey

 

Brandon Gano

 

Edgar County, IL

 

IL Beekeepers Association

 

$600

 

Grand Champion Doe’s Milk

 

Cameron Jodlowski

 

Atlanta, IL

 

Hanold Auctioneering

 

$250

 

Grand Champion Snack Sticks

 

Behrman Meat & Processing

 

Clinton County, IL

 

Senator Sam McCann, IL Auctioneers Association

 

$775

 

Grand Champion Blue Cheese

 

Vermillion River Blue

 

Vermillion
County, IL 
George Obernagle, Joe Hamilton

 

$700

 

Grand Champion Colby Cheese

 

Shullsburg Cheese

 

Shullsburg, WI

 

Bob Hauser, U of I Faculty Consortium

 

$425

 

Grand Champion Mexican Cheese

 

V&V Supremo

 

Chicago, IL

 

George Obernagle

 

$475

 

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