Danville Company ‘Brings Home the Bacon’ at State Fair

Danville Company ‘Brings Home the Bacon’ at State Fair

Being in the Governor’s Sale of Champions is something all livestock exhibitors dream about, but few are able to accomplish.  Each year, this marquee event of the Illinois State Fair Ag Day festivities showcases the hard work and dedication of the youth in the agriculture industry.

In addition to being spotlighted before the crowd at the newly refurbished Coliseum on Tuesday night, these Grand Champion exhibitors, along with the Reserve Grand Champion exhibitors, will receive a portion of the proceeds from the sale of their animal.  The exhibitors use the funds towards their college education or invest it back into projects for next year.

“These exhibitors are the future of agricultural in our state and the represent the best of the best,” said John Sullivan, Director, Illinois Department of Agriculture. “The Sale of Champions is the highlight of the Illinois State Fair and to be able to bring it back inside of the Coliseum is phenomenal.”

CME Group also realizes the importance of education, which is why they have donated $50,000 in scholarships to this year’s Sale of Champions. Each of the ten Grand Champion exhibitors will receive a $5,000 scholarship from CME Group. In addition to the $50,000 the CME Group will give $1,000 scholarships to the Reserve Grand Champions as well.

Governor JB Pritzker ended up in a bidding war for the Grand Champion Steer with none other than his wife MK. She drove up the price as the MK took home the Grand Champion Steer with a bid of $75,000.

Below are the results of the 2019 Commodity Auction and the 2019 Sale of Champions, including a Danville company’s bacon.  It should be noted that the goats, sheep, barrows, and steers are being donated to the University of Illinois College of ACES.

Commodity Exhibitor Location Purchases Price
Champion Feta in Brine Nasonville Dairy Mashfield, WI Davis Family (McDonalds) Marty Davis $225
Grand Champion Medium Cheddar Cheese Foremost Farms Mashfield, WI CTC Food Sanitation Company-Rod Buffington $600
Grand Champion Colby Jack Cheese Shullsburg Creamery Shullsburg, WI University of Illinois College of ACES-Dean Kidwell $600
Grand Champion Swiss Cheese Prairie Farms Dairy Cheese Monona, IA Farm Credit of Illinois, Illinois State Auctioneers Association

President: Kara Miller

Grand Champion Smoked Cheddar Cheese Shullsburg Cheese Shullsburg, WI Cory Craig & William Beck $350
Grand Champion Beef Jerkey Turasky Meats Springfield, IL Joe Hampton & George Obernagel $475
Grand Champion Cooked Bratwurst Thrushwood Farms Quality Meats Galesburg, IL Ed McMillan $475
Grand Champion Snack Sticks Ream’s Meat Market Elburn, IL Illinois Association of Meat Processors $450
Grand Champion Bacon Leiding’s Meats Danville, IL McGraw Family (McDonalds) Mike McGraw $525
Grand Champion

Bone in Ham

Eikman’s Processing Seward, IL Joe Hampton & George Obernagel $500
Best of Show Wine Galena Cellar Jo Daviess County Canton Inn Steakhouse & McDowell Auctioneer $325
Grand Champion Honey Jim & Karen Belli Wadsworth, IL Illinois State Bee Keepers Association $600
Best in Show Dairy Goat’s Milk Lillian Lee Chatham, IL Laura Chenels Chevve $1,500
Animal Exhibitor County Purchasers Price
Grand Champion Rabbit Meat Pen Owen Pree Iroquois AgriVest Farm Management & George Obernagel $4,000
Grand Champion Poultry Market Pen Faith Foster Ford County McDonald’s Owners Embry, Breznay, McGraw & Davis $5,000
Land of Lincoln Supreme Champion Dairy Cow Print Carla Kilgus Livingston County Midwest Dairy, Brandt, Prairie Farms & Friends of Kilgus $2,500
Reserve Grand Champion Meat Goat & Lincoln Land Grand Champion Meat Goat Chase Tomhave Morgan County Sygenta, Prairie Land FS, Springfield Plastics, Edward Teefey, Sky Ride, Beard Implement $5,500
Grand Champion Meat Goat Tara Hummel Kankakee County RD Lawrence, Selvaggio Steel, Felmley Dickerson Co. & AgriGold $5,500
Land of Lincoln Grand Champion Market Lamb Macy DeBlock Mercer County Becks, AgriGold & High Noon $3,500
Grand Champion Market Lamb Carter Hoge McDonough County North American Midway $8,000
Land of Lincoln Grand Champion Barrow Ella Bobell Logan County DeKalb, Bayer Crop Science & Asgrow $18,000
Grand Champion Barrow Claire Bobell Logan County CME Group $25,000
Land of Lincoln Grand Champion Steer Tara Hummel Kankakee County Brandt $30,500
Grand Champion Steer Cole Caldwell Peoria County MK Pritzker $75,000