Sale of Champions sets two new records

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA) — Two new records were set at Tuesday night’s 2018 Governor’s Sale of Champions at the Illinois State Fair. 

  • The 2018 Grand Champion Honey sold for $2,600, breaking the previous record of $850. This year’s Grand Champion Honey was exhibited by Nancy Sweet, of Chatham. Nancy says she’s been a longtime gardener and is currently a master gardener intern. Nancy says she plans to donate all proceeds from the sale to alzheimer’s disease research.
  • The sale of the 2018 Grand Champion and Grand Champion Land of Lincoln Meat Goat Wether set a new record at $11,300, breaking the previous record of $11,050. Chase Tomhave, of Jacksonville, exhibited the winning Meat Goat Wether. Chase will be a freshman at Illinois College, majoring in AG business management. After college, he plans to return to the family farm to work with his dad and brother in farm real estate or crop insurance. 

The AG Day marquee event showcases hard work and dedication by Illinois’ youth in the agriculture industry.

CME Group, Compeer Financial and the Illinois 4-H Foundation collectively donated $65,000 in scholarships to this year’s Sale of Champions.

Each Grand Champion exhibitor will take home $6,000 in scholarships to further their AG careers. Reserve Grand Champion exhibitors also receive a portion of the sale’s proceeds.

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