When the final gavel fell on Sunday afternoon, August 7 at the Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions three new records were set. The Reserve Grand Champion Meat Chickens exhibited by Reggie Regula of Logan County sold for a record $16,000, topping the previous record of $14,500. Megan Miller of Holmes County sold her Reserve Grand Champion Steer for a record $40,000, topping last year’s record of $30,000. The third record established at the 2011 Ohio State Fair was also the record that has been around the longest. The Grand Champion Steer exhibited by Danielle Heintz of Auglaize County sold for $85,000 topping the previous record of $75,000 set back in 2001.
Sale of Champions auctioneer Johnny Regula says after last year when 6 new records were established, coming back and setting three new records this year, they’ve set the bar pretty high.
“You can’t set a record every year, I’m mean you’d like to, but sometimes reality’s got to set in,” said Regula. “But think about this, the Grand Champion lamb for example the record was $45,000, we hit $43,000, that’s pretty good.”
And then there was the $85,000 for the Grand Champion Steer.
“Every time I sell him I ask for $100,000,” Regula said. “I’m getting close.”
Lending a hand, taking bids at the State Fair Sale of Champions was Lt. Governor Mary Taylor.
“These kids work so hard to get to the point and for us to be able to recognize them, first by bringing them up and letting them show their animal, but then by breaking so many records here today, it’s really, really exciting to see the support for our corporate community, the support from the Governor’s office, it’s just great,” said the Lt. Governor.
2011 Sale of Champion results:
Grand Champion Swiss Cheese – Dairy industry represented by – Keaton Topp, Shelby County, Anna Miley, Wayne County, Tanner Topp, Wayne County, Michell Funk, Ashland County, Allison Mangun, Wayne County and Erica Showalter, Guernsey County – SELLING PRICE $15,500
Grand Champion Turkey exhibited by Zach Johnson, Clinton Co. – SELLING PRICE $10,500
Grand Champion Meat Goat exhibited by Jordon Fledderjohann, Shelby Co. – SELLING PRICE $8,500
Grand Champion Meat Chickens exhibited by Emily Myers, Montgomery Co. – SELLING PRICE $17,000
Res. Gr. Champion Meat Chickens exhibited by Reggie Regula, Logan Co. – SELLING PRICE $16,000
Grand Champion Market Lamb exhibited by Mackenzie Fruchey, Fulton Co. –SELLING PRICE $43,000
Res. Gr. Champion Market Lamb exhibited by Madison Branbury, Knox Co. – SELLING PRICE $19,500
Grand Champion Barrow exhibited by Levi Stauffer, Hancock Co. – SELLING PRICE $41,000
Res. Gr. Champion Barrow exhibited by Troy Elwer, Van Wert Co. – SELLING PRICE $20,000
Grand Champion Market Beef exhibited by Danielle Heintz, Auglaize Co. – SELLING PRICE $85,000
Res. Gr. Champion Market Beef exhibited by Megan Miller, Holmes Co. – SELLING PRICE $40,000
Each species sold at the Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions has a cap, money over the cap will go to the Youth Reserve Program, a program that to date has generated $1.7 million benefiting 24,000 youth in Ohio.