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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 14, 2013

GOVERNOR’S SALE OF CHAMPIONS SMASHES SEVEN RECORDS
Event raises staggering $222,650 for junior producers and state’s 4-H and FFA youth education programs

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – This was an amazing year for the Governor’s Sale of Champions, an auction of prize-winning Illinois State Fair junior livestock. Seven records were broken, including two that more than doubled, and an eighth was tied!
 
With encouragement from Governor Pat Quinn and Agriculture Director Bob Flider, $222,650 was raised for the youngsters who exhibited the animals as well as the state’s 4-H and FFA youth education programs. Together, the two persuaded buyers to pay record-breaking prices for the Land of Lincoln meat goat, the grand champion meat goat, the Land of Lincoln wether, the Land of Lincoln barrow, the grand champion barrow, the Land of Lincoln steer and the grand champion steer. In addition, the Land of Lincoln Supreme Champion Female Print tied its record sales price.
 
The grand champion steer, exhibited by Nelson England of Oneida, fetched the highest price. It sold for $62,000, or $10,000 more than the previous record. The largest increases, however, were recorded by the Land of Lincoln wether and Land of Lincoln barrow. Hanna Runner’s wether sold for $19,100, more than twice as much as the former record of $9,500, and Lane Rinderer’s barrow sold for $40,650, obliterating the previous high purchase price for the animal of $11,000. Runner is from Sciota. Rinderer hails from Elkhart. 
The junior producers who raised the champion animals receive 80 percent of the sales price. The 4-H and FFA programs split the remaining 20 percent equally. 
 
A list of all the champions sold at the auction, as well as the exhibitors, the purchasers, and the amount that each champion sold for follows. The record-breaking amounts are in bold.
 
SALE/2222
 

Product
Exhibitor
City/County
Purchasers
Price
Grand Champion Rabbit Meat Pen Trio
Serena Schafer
Brighton,
Knox
Agrivest, Battery Specialists, and the Sky Glide
$4,000
Grand Champion Poultry Meat Pen
Bailey Hunt
Sycamore,
DeKalb
McDonald’s, Marty and Donna Davis
$4,000
Land of Lincoln Supreme Champion Female Print
Trent Kilgus, Artist
Fairbury,
Livingston
Prairie Farms Dairy
$3,000
Land of Lincoln Grand Champion Meat Goat
Carlee Critchelow
Chandlerville,
Cass
Land of Lincoln Meat Goat Breeders, Pro Harvest Seed, Friends of Carlee Critchelow and Ed Teefey of Farmers State Bank & Trust of Mt. Sterling
$3,750
Grand Champion Meat Goat
Dylan Hummel
Cabery,
Kankakee
Tom and Sarah Paulk, Rolly Rosenboom, Oxygen Corp., Oklahoma Show Goats and Friends of Dylan Hummel
$11,050
Land of Lincoln Grand Champion Wether
Hanna Runner
Sciota, McDonough
North American Midway Entertainment and Friends of Hanna Runner
$19,100
Land of Lincoln Grand Champion Barrow
Lane Rinderer
Elkhart,
Logan
Brandt Consolidated
$40,650
Grand Champion Barrow
Tyler Gradert
Geneseo,
Henry
Terry Duffy of CME Group
 
$25,000
 
 
Land of Lincoln Grand Champion Steer
Abby Tomhave
Jacksonville,
Morgan
Friends of Morgan County 4-H, DuPont Pioneer and Cargill
 
$50,100
Grand Champion Steer
Nelson England
Oneida,
Knox
AT&T, Monsanto-DeKalb-Asgrow and Friends of Knox County 4-H
 
$62,000
 
 
 
 

 SALE/3333
 
Prior to the sale of junior livestock, the fair’s best processed foods were auctioned. The results of the Commodities Auction follow:
 
 

Product
Exhibitor
City/State
Purchasers
Price
Grand Champion Whole Milk Mozzarella
Foremonst Farms USA
Athens, Wis.
Corey Craig and William Beck, Auctioneers
Donated to U of I
$275
Grand Champion Swiss Cheese
Swiss Valley Farms Cooperative
Monona, Ia.
Phyllis Wise, Chancellor University of Illinois
$450
Grand Champion Chocolate Ice Cream
Oberweis Dairy, Inc.
Aurora, Ill.
McDonald’s of Taylorville
$525
Grand Champion Cheese Spreads
Chuck’s Cheese Co.
Ottawa, Ill.
Illinois State Auctioneers, Farm Credit Services, 1st Farm Credit Services
Donated to U of I
$700
Grand Champion Bacon
Thrushwood Farms
Galesburg, Ill.
Illinois Association of Meat Producers
$550
Grand Champion Ham
Eickman’s
Seward, Ill.
George Obernagel
$550
Grand Champion Summer Sausage
Thrushwood Farms
Galesburg, Ill.
George Obernagel and Joe Hampton
$650
Grand Champion Processed Beef
Eickman’s
Seward, Ill.
Earl Sorrell’s Farm Supply, Raymond, Ill.
$1,000
Best of Show Illinois Wine
Blue Sky Vineyard
Makanda, Ill.
Illinois Green Industry Association
$1,000
Grand Champion Honey
Amy Bachman
Sherman, Ill.
State Senator Sam McCann
$1,400
Grand Champion Doe’s Milk
Cameron Jodlowski
Atlanta, Ill.
J & W Farms and Awe Acre Farms
$300

 
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AMBUCS AND SECRETARY OF STATE GIVE AWAY TRICYCLES TO SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN AT STATE FAIR
 
For the fourth consecutive year the American Business Club of Springfield has partnered with Secretary of State Jesse White’s office in a philanthropic effort to help special-needs children.
 
At a ceremony in the Secretary of State’s Bicycle Safety tent on the fairgrounds, 15 AmTryke tricycles were given to 15 children with special needs.
 
An AmTryke is a specially-engineered, therapeutic tricycle that can be hand or foot operated and is designed to accommodate riders of all ages, sizes and varying degrees of physical limitations. 
 
The looks on the children’s faces as they received their bicycles were priceless. AMBUCS hopes to give more children this joy; their goal is to give away 100 AmTrykes this year.
 
Visit our mobile website at ISFmobile.info
 
Your personal guide to everything that’s happening at the Fair! You can see contest results, find your favorite vendor, see where your favorite band is playing and much more!
 
UPCOMING EVENTS: Wednesday, Aug. 14
Governor’s Day
Governor Quinn and the Democratic Party host special guests throughout the fairgrounds.
 
Governor’s Tent: Main Street, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Visit Governor’s Quinn’s tent, “Our Illinois”, located at the southeast corner of Main Street and Brian Raney Avenue. Explore Main Street Illinois and learn about programs and funding in your own backyard! The Kids Corner will highlight “Discoveries Under Your Feet,” where youth can explore and learn about prehistoric Illinois.
 
Lt. Governor’s Tent: Main Street
Lt. Governor Sheila Simon is answering the call!Lt. Governor Simon has pledged never to text and drive and she wants you to join her. Try the texting while driving simulator, take the “It Can Wait” pledge and recycle your used cell phones for a good cause. Come take a free photo with patriotic props and learn more about lt. governors that have been called to serve as governor.
 
 
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Attorney General’s Tent: Grandstand Ave., 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s 2013 State Fair Tent will highlight a range of initiatives to protect consumers and keep communities safe, including her efforts to promote product safety, encourage cyber safety, and prevent the spread of dangerous drugs in Illinois. Visit the Attorney General’s tent this year and learn more about the many ways in which the Attorney General’s office works to help the people of Illinois.
 
Secretary of State’s Tent: Brian Raney Ave.
Secretary of State Jesse White brings driver related services to the State Fair. White encourages fairgoers to stop by the Secretary of State tent to renew their license plates and driver’s licenses, as well as register to be an organ donor. Visitors can also purchase a brand new random number specialty plate. White is proud to offer a free child safety program where parents can obtain a copy of their child’s digital fingerprints and photo, which law enforcement officials can use if a missing child report is filed. Highway maps as well as a variety of other useful publications are available at no charge.
 
State Treasurer’s Tent: South End of Lincoln Stage
State Treasurer Dan Rutherford’s 2013 State Fair Tent highlights various programs, including the Bright Start College Savings Program and the I-Cash Unclaimed Property Program.  There will be opportunities to learn about opening a Bright Start account, so that parents can to begin saving for their children’s college education. Also, check for unclaimed property and have claims filed right on site! There will be a ton of great giveaways.  You will not want to miss all the fun and excitement awaiting you at this year’s Treasurer’s Tent.
 
Comptroller’s Tent: Brian Raney Ave.
 Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka will highlight office services and help residents “Check for Cash” they are owed through the state’s online database at the Illinois Office of the Comptroller tent. The state’s chief fiscal officer will emcee a short program each day, usually around 1:30 p.m., meant to coincide with the named day of the State Fair. The short programs will honor organizations and individuals in Illinois that have achieved significant milestones or contributions in their communities.
 
Concert on the Hill: BBI, 5:30 p.m., Happy Hollow Stage
The Arena: ITPA Presents Truck & Tractor Pulls, 7:30 p.m.
Grandstand: Toby Keith with Kip Moore, 8 p.m.


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