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Sale Of Champions Brings Positive End To Ohio State Fair

Karen Kasler
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.