Iowa State Fair

Sale of Champions

During the prestigious Iowa State Fair Sale of Champions, 16 4-H and FFA exhibitors sell their champion livestock to hometown and national supporters. The animals represent the Grand and Reserve Grand Champions in each of their respective species as selected during the Fair’s livestock show. The Iowa State Fair features one of the largest livestock shows in the world and winning a class - let alone showing a champion animal - is highly coveted.

The Sale of Champions is managed by the Iowa Foundation for Agricultural Advancement (IFAA) and is hosted the last Saturday of the Iowa State Fair in the Cattle Barn’s Penningroth Media Center.

IFAA Scholarships

Sale of Champions 2022

IFAA Offers Iowa Youth $215,000 in Scholarships

College-bound Iowa youth active in 4-H and/or FFA livestock projects and current undergraduate students may apply for $215,000 in scholarships available from the Iowa Foundation for Agricultural Advancement (IFAA).

There are 55 scholarships available to freshmen enrolled in Agriculture Curriculum at any two or four-year, post-secondary institution this fall, 28 scholarships available to current undergraduate students enrolled in Agriculture Curriculum at any 4-year or 2 year university or college, and an additional 7 scholarships available to either incoming freshman or undergraduates. Applicants must major in animal science or a curriculum in agriculture or human sciences that is related to the agriculture industry. The awards include:

• Three $8,000 one-year scholarship

• Thirteen $5,000 one-year scholarships

• Two $3,000 one-year scholarships

• Eight $2,500 one-year scholarships

• Thirty-one $2,000 one-year scholarships

• Ten $1,500 one-year scholarships

• Two $1,250 one-year scholarships

• One $1,100 one-year scholarship

• Nineteen $1,000 one-year scholarships

• One $500 one-year scholarship

Applications and additional information are available at the IFAA website or by contacting Ann Krause, IFAA Administrative Secretary at Selection will be based on level of 4-H/FFA involvement in livestock and other agricultural project work, livestock exhibition and/or judging, scholastics, leadership and career plans. Applications for current undergraduate students and for incoming freshmen must be submitted online by April 1.

Winners will be announced during the 2023 Iowa State Fair annual 4-H/FFA Sale of Champions on Saturday, August 19, an event sponsored by IFAA. The IFAA is a non-profit organization reorganized in 1988 and comprised of agricultural enthusiasts dedicated to encouraging 4-H and FFA livestock, poultry and agricultural project members to pursue ag-related careers. IFAA scholarship funds come from a percentage of the Sale of Champions proceeds as well as corporate and individual donors.


IFAA has a tradition of providing scholarships and other financial awards to college-bound youth who have a genuine interest in remaining active in the field of agriculture after graduation from college

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Sale of Champions

Winners Bios

Sale of Champions winners photos and bios

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Sale of Champions