Several local youth were part of a record-breaking Sale of Champions Livestock Auction at the Ohio State Fair on Sunday.
The sale, which has been a tradition since 1968, brought in a record $329,550. The previous record was set last year when buyers spent $316,000.
Emily Overs (pictured) of rural DeGraff presented the grand champion market lamb. It was purchased by Meijer for a record $46,000. Emily's older sister, Rachel, set the previous record two years ago.
Overs was awarded $9,000.
Earnings for each champion animal are capped, with the remaining funds helping the fair's Youth Reserve Program. $249,550 was awarded to the program Sunday.
The grand champion meat chickens presented by Reggie Regula of West Mansfield brought in a record $30,000. The buyers were A.G. Boogher and Sons, Burkhart Farm Center, and Kale Marketing.
Regula's earnings were capped at $5,000.
The grand champion swiss cheese, representing the six dairy champions, garnered a record $18,300. The exhibitors were Lane Greiwe of Logan County with the champion Aryshire, Braxton Perry of Champaign County (Brown Swiss), Jacob Morgan of Champaign County (Jersey), Becky Cooley of Fairfield County (Guernsey), Anna Miley of Wayne County (Holstein), and Jacob Baker of Columbiana County (Milking Shorthorn). The earnings were capped at $3,000.
Jordan Fledderjohann of Botkins had the grand champion market goat, which sold for a record $12,750. His earnings were capped at $5,000
Danielle Heintz of Waynesfield had the grand champion market beef, which sold for $70,000. The tally was not a record. Heintz earned $21,000. She has captured grand champion market beef for three consecutive years.
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