Governor’s Sale of Champions brings in more than $280,000 for Illinois ag youth

More than $280,000 was invested toward the future of Illinois ag youth during the 2023 Governor’s Sale of Champions at the Illinois State Fair.

Governor JB Pritzker and First Lady MK Pritzker had the winning bid on the Grand Champion Steer for the 4th year in a row at $105,000 which tied the record the First Lady set in 2021. The steer will be donated to Feeding Illinois and sent to food banks across the state.

In addition to the sale income, the CME Group donated $45,000 and Beck’s donated $20,000 in scholarships to be split amongst the champion exhibitors.

Illinois Director of Agriculture Jerry Costello says the sale is “the cherry on top of the Illinois State Fair” as youth are rewarded for the hard work they put into their livestock projects.  

Grand Champion Rabbit Market PenChesney ThortonMcLeanSpringfield Plastics, AgriVest Farm Management, Field Level Agriculture, Inc.$6,500
Grand Champion Poultry Meat PenOwen PreeIroquoisMcDonalds Marty & Donna Davis, Mike McGraw, Michael Kasprzyk & Brad & Karol Davis$5,250
Land of Lincoln Supreme Champion Dairy Cow PrintAlaina DindermanStephensonMidwest Dairy, Becks Seed-Ryan Family, Stephenson Farm Bureau & St. Louis Dairy Council$4,200
Land of Lincoln Grand Champion Meat GoatTrig StollerWoodfordEvans Feed & Bedding, Ed Teefey & Farmers, State Bank & Trust Company-Mt. Sterling & Illinois State Fair Sky Ride$5,500
Grand Champion Meat GoatNolan HogeMcDonoughGeorge Obernagel- Waterloo, IL & Obernagel Family Farms$6,000
Land of Lincoln Grand Champion Market LambBryce ClaytonScottAgriGold, Kiefer Farms, Pivot Bio, Logan Agri-Service, Inc., LG Seeds, Jones Show Feed-Andy & Darcie Jones, Roland Machinery$7,500
Grand Champion Market LambLilian UngerKankakeeNorth American Midway Entertainment, Syngenta, Eric Faugust & West Central Farm Supply$11,000
Land of Lincoln Grand Champion Barrow & Grand Champion BarrowHunter ShikeChampaignCME Group$25,000
Land of Lincoln Grand Champion SteerMaddox ReedyDouglasBRANDT$40,000
Grand Champion SteerKashen EllerbrockHenryJB & MK Pritzker$105,000

Wednesday evening’s event also included the 2023 Commodity Auction. Results include:

Champion Queso Blanco CheeseV&V SupremeChicago, ILUniversity of Illinois Colleges of ACES$850
Champion Provolone CheeseJamison-Foremost Farms Inc.Appleton, WIMcDonalds Marty & Donna Davis$600
Champion Sharp Cheddar CheeseForemost Farms Inc.-MarshfieldMarshfield, WIMcDonalds Marty & Donna Davis$550
Champion Vanilla YogurtDeerland DairyFreeport, ILIllinois State Auctioneers Association$450
Champion 1% Chocolate MilkPrairie Farms-RockfordRockford, ILMcDonalds Marty & Donna Davis$450
Champion BaconBehrmann Meat & ProcessingAlbers, ILIL State Rep Charlie Meier, Weeke Electric, Eaglemann Construction$3,100
Champion Bone-In HamEickman’s Processing Co. Inc.Seward, ILForreston Mutual$2,000
Champion Beef JerkyJones Meat & LockerJacksonville, ILForreston Mutual$1,700
Champion Snack SticksTurasky MeatsSpringfield, ILGeorge Obernagel & Joe Hampton$1,800
Champion Cooked BratwurstTurasky MeatsSpringfield, ILUniversity of Illinois College of ACES$1,300
Best of Show WineTwelve Oaks VineyardCarlyle, ILIllinois State Auctioneers Association$1,000
Grand Champion HoneyWilliam BuddSpringfield, ILIllinois State Auctioneers Association$700
Best in Show Dairy Goat’s MilkLillian LeeGlenarm, ILPaul Rice, Myers Rice Auction & Realty$550

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