Friday, August 15, 2003

Livestock bids set three records at Ohio State Fair

By John McCarthy
The Associated Press

COLUMBUS - Three Creager kids came away winners at the Sale of Champions.

Meijer Inc. had the winning $20,000 bid Wednesday for 9-year-old Bailey Creager's champion hog at the Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions.

Bailey, of Fulton County, said she would split her $8,000 share of the prize with her sister and brother.

The sale brought in about $160,000, compared with last year's total of $137,000 The sale set three records, all in the reserve category.

Kroger paid $25,150 for the reserve grand champion steer, raised by Blake Campbell, of Greene County, who receives $8,000.

The previous record was $23,500, set in 2000.

The reserve champion hog brought $16,150 in a joint bid by Amusements of America and Huffman's Market, of suburban Columbus.

The old mark of $15,000 also was set in 2000.

The reserve champion lamb brought $13,000, just beating the record of $12,500 set in 2001. The Ohio Horse Racing Council and Kale Marketing shared the winning bid.

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