Event raises $248,175 for junior producers and state’s 4-H and FFA youth education programs

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – “This is the showcase for Illinois Agriculture the Super Bowl for 4-H and FFA exhibitors” –Orion Samuelson

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The Governor’s Sale of Champion has always been the crown jewel of agricultural events at the Illinois State Fair, and this year was no exception. For the second year in a row, the sale was held in the Coliseum.  This grand venue serves as the pinnacle forum for an ag exhibitor.  

Capping the night off was the sale was the Grand Champion Steer owned by Lucas Wisnefski. Wisnefski’s steer sold for a record $104,000 to Governor and Mrs. Bruce Rauner and Friends of Wisnefski.  When asked about what advice he would give to future state fair exhibitor, Wisnefski said, “Keep your dreams. I had a dream to win the State Fair, and now my dream has come true.” He credits his win to hard work and dedication. Wisnefski plans to use the prize money to further his education.

The money raised at Tuesday night’s auction helps to support Illinois agriculture.  The junior exhibitors who raised the champion animals receive 80 percent of the funds with the remaining 20 percent to be split equally between the Illinois 4-H Foundation and Illinois FFA.

A list of all the champions sold at auction, as well as the exhibitors, purchasers, and the amount that each champion sold for follows.  The record-breaking amount is in bold.






Grand Champion Rabbit Meat Pen Trio

Serena Schafer

Macoupin County, IL

Agrivest Inc., Agri-Pro Fencing, Tomhave Farms


Grand Champion Poultry Meat Pen

Jacob Hinshaw

McLean County, IL

Congressman Rodney Davis, Davis Family McDonald’s


Land of Lincoln Supreme Champion Dairy Cow Print

Sadie Ropp

Livingston County, IL

Prairie Farms Dairy


Grand Champion & Land of Lincoln Grand Champion Meat Goat Wether

Dylan Hummel

Ford County, IL

Friends of FFA and



Grand Champion & Land of Lincoln Grand Champion Wether

Kashen Ellerbrock

Henry County, IL


North American Amusement Company


Land of Lincoln Grand Champion Barrow

Lane Rinderer

Madison County, IL

Monsanto, DeKalb Asgrow, Friends of Rinderer


Grand Champion Barrow

Avery Rash

Henry County, IL

CME Group, The Pig Planet, showpig.com, and various farms




Land of Lincoln Grand Champion Steer

Adam Miller

Livingston County, IL

Brandt Fertilizer


Grand Champion Steer

Lucas Wisnefski

Stark County, IL

Governor & Mrs. Bruce Rauner, Friends of Wisnefski








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Grand Champion Whole Milk Mozzarella

Foremost Farms USA

Chilton, WI

Corey Craig & William Beck Auctioneers



Grand Champion Bacon

Leiding’s Meats

Danville, IL

Paul Turner


Grand Champion Ham


Seward, IL

Illinois Auctioneers Association & Farm Credit 


Grand Champion Processed Beef

AJ’s Lena Maid Meats

Lena, IL

Earl Sorrell’s Farm Supply


Best of Show Illinois Wine

Willow Ridge

Shelby County, IL

Stuart and Ann Wilson


Grand Champion Honey


Brandon Gano


Edgar County, IL


IL Beekeepers Association






Grand Champion Doe’s Milk

Cameron Jodlowski

Atlanta, IL

Hanold Auctioneering


Grand Champion Snack Sticks

Behrman Meat & Processing

Clinton County, IL

Senator Sam McCann, IL Auctioneers Association


Grand Champion Blue Cheese

Vermillion River Blue

County, IL

George Obernagle, Joe Hamilton


Grand Champion Colby Cheese

Shullsburg Cheese

Shullsburg, WI

Bob Hauser, U of I Faculty Consortium


Grand Champion Mexican Cheese

V&V Supremo

Chicago, IL

George Obernagle




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