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Sale Of Champions Brings Positive End To Ohio State Fair

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Karen Kasler
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Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David Daniels walks around the new Sale of Champions stage before the event.

After a 12-day run that included lower attendance and a deadly accident involving a midway ride, the Ohio State Fair closed Sunday with some good news.

The Sales of Champions, the sale of prize winning livestock raised by Junior Fair exhibitors, raised $284,000, and the price of the Reserve Grand Champion Market Barrow (a type of male hog) broke a four year old record.

Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David Daniels said individual exhibitor earnings from the sale are capped, with the excess going into a shared fund.

“We’ve helped over 300,000 kids and youth through the sale by kind of spreading that prize money around a little bit,” Daniels said.

This year’s sale brought in $196,000 to that fund for scholarships, the Ohio State Fair band and choir, and other programs.