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



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.












Grand Champion Rabbit Meat Pen Trio


Serena Schafer


Macoupin County, IL


Agrivest Inc., Agri-Pro Fencing, Tomhave Farms




Grand Champion Poultry Meat Pen


Jacob Hinshaw


McLean County, IL


Congressman Rodney Davis, Davis Family McDonald’s




Land of Lincoln Supreme Champion Dairy Cow Print


Sadie Ropp


Livingston County, IL


Prairie Farms Dairy




Grand Champion & Land of Lincoln Grand Champion Meat Goat Wether


Dylan Hummel


Ford County, IL


Friends of FFA and






Grand Champion & Land of Lincoln Grand Champion Wether


Kashen Ellerbrock


Henry County, IL


North American Amusement Company




Land of Lincoln Grand Champion Barrow


Lane Rinderer


Madison County, IL


Monsanto, DeKalb Asgrow, Friends of Rinderer




Grand Champion Barrow


Avery Rash


Henry County, IL


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




Land of Lincoln Grand Champion Steer


Adam Miller


Livingston County, IL


Brandt Fertilizer




Grand Champion Steer


Lucas Wisnefski


Stark County, IL


Governor & Mrs. Bruce Rauner, Friends of Wisnefski














Grand Champion Whole Milk Mozzarella


Foremost Farms USA


Chilton, WI


Corey Craig & William Beck Auctioneers






Grand Champion Bacon


Leiding’s Meats


Danville, IL


Paul Turner




Grand Champion Ham




Seward, IL


Illinois Auctioneers Association & Farm Credit




Grand Champion Processed Beef


AJ’s Lena Maid Meats


Lena, IL


Earl Sorrell’s Farm Supply




Best of Show Illinois Wine


Willow Ridge
Shelby County, IL


Stuart and Ann Wilson




Grand Champion Honey


Brandon Gano


Edgar County, IL


IL Beekeepers Association




Grand Champion Doe’s Milk


Cameron Jodlowski


Atlanta, IL


Hanold Auctioneering




Grand Champion Snack Sticks


Behrman Meat & Processing


Clinton County, IL


Senator Sam McCann, IL Auctioneers Association




Grand Champion Blue Cheese


Vermillion River Blue


County, IL 
George Obernagle, Joe Hamilton




Grand Champion Colby Cheese


Shullsburg Cheese


Shullsburg, WI


Bob Hauser, U of I Faculty Consortium




Grand Champion Mexican Cheese


V&V Supremo


Chicago, IL


George Obernagle




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