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.
2019 Sale of champions
Records Set at 2019 Iowa State Fair Sale of Champions
With a final swing of the gavel, the Iowa Foundation for Agricultural Advancement (IFAA) raised $336,000 for the 16 exhibitors of 4-H and FFA Grand and Reserve Champion livestock in the Sale of Champions Saturday at the 2019 Iowa State Fair.
Five champion records were broken during the 2019 Sale.
The Reserve Grand Champion 4-H Market Hog stole the show breaking an all-time record for all species at $62,500. The Reserve Grand Champion 4-H Market Heifer also broke a species record at $39,500. The Grand Champion 4-H Meat Goat brought in a species record of $22,000, and the Grand Champion FFA Meat Goat brought in a species record of $21,000. The Grand Champion 4-H Market Broilers also brought in a record $11,000.
Participants in the Sale of Champions were asked to find hometown support. The purchaser in the auction paid the difference between local support and the final sale price. Each participant in the sale takes home a check for 75 percent of the animal’s sale price. The IFAA keeps 25 percent to fund the scholarship program and cover Sale expenses. In addition to their earnings, the exhibitors of the Grand Champion 4-H Market Steer, Grand Champion 4-H Market Hog, Grand Champion FFA Market Lamb and Grand Champion 4-H Breeding Heifer earn the use of a new aluminum livestock trailer for one year courtesy of Featherlite, Inc., of Cresco, Iowa. The Grand Champion 4-H and FFA Market Meat Goats receive aluminum toppers.
In addition to the sale, the IFAA awarded $192,500 in scholarships as well as performance and carcass awards in the amount of $29,750 presented prior to the Sale, for a total $558,250 for young livestock exhibitors. Since 1988, the IFAA has raised over $8 million to support the future of Iowa’s youth and future Ag leaders.
The Iowa State Fair is one of the oldest and largest agricultural and industrial expositions in the country and the single largest event in the state. The Fair began over 160 years ago and is now considered one of the best events in the nation, attracting more than one million Fairgoers every year from all over the world. The Fairgrounds are located at East 30th and East University, just off the interstate and minutes from Downtown Des Moines. Nothing Compares to State Fair Favorites: August 8-18, 2019. For more information, visit www.iowastatefair.org.