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.
Iowa Foundation for Agricultural Advancement Winner’s Circle Awards
Contact: Kayla Mensing – 641-891-3536
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DES MOINES, IOWA --- Despite the cancellation of the 2020 Iowa State Fair, the Iowa Foundation for Agricultural Advancement (IFAA) continued its commitment to Iowa 4-H and FFA youth. This year, the Foundation presented Winner’s Circle awards to support the champion and reserve champion animals in the Special Edition Shows. A total of sixteen (16) livestock champions were given monetary awards at the 2020 Fair Special Edition: Iowa 4-H and FFA Livestock Show. The results are as follows:
The Grand Champion 4-H Market Steer was exhibited by Dalton Shanks of Colfax, IA. Dalton was awarded $27,000 by Corteva Agriscience/Pioneer and ISF Beef Champion Supporters with support from Rodgers Cattle Company, Kevin Kent Construction and Lettow Show Pigs.
The Reserve Grand Champion 4-H Market Steer was exhibited by Clair Lauterbach of Van Meter, IA. Clair was awarded $21,500 from Fareway Meat & Grocery and ISF Champion Beef Supporters with support from Mid Iowa Seeds LLC, AgriVision Equipment Group and Timmins, Jacobsen & Strawhacker.
The Grand Champion 4-H Market Heifer was exhibited by Ryland Shalla of Riverside, IA. Ryland was awarded $31,000 from Hy-Vee and ISF Beef Champion Supporters with support from Eldon C. Stutsman Inc., Sinclair Tractor and Southeast Iowa Insurance.
The Reserve Grand Champion 4-H Market Heifer was exhibited by Macy Killmer of Perry, IA. Macy was awarded $21,000 from ISF Beef Champion Supporters and Dennis and Susan Albaugh.
The Grand Champion FFA Market Hog was exhibited by Clarie Petzenhauser of Roland, IA. Claire was awarded $14,000 from Hy-Vee with support from Phibro Animal Health.
The Reserve Grand Champion FFA Market Hog was exhibited by Melanie Lane of Elkader, IA. Melanie was awarded $18,500 from Hog Slat with support from Hanor/Crown Prairie and JBS-Live Pork, Holmes Livestock Logistics and Kurt Steinkamp.
The Grand Champion 4-H Market Hog was exhibited by Keely Malone of Winfield, IA. Keely was awarded $14,000 from Fareway Meat & Grocery with support from Cargill/Provimi.
The Reserve Grand Champion 4-H Market Hog was exhibited by Macy Jacobson of Osceola, IA. Macy was awarded $8,750 from Elanco Animal Health with support from Weichman Pig Co.
The Grand Champion FFA Market Lamb was exhibited by Phoebe Sanders of Clarion, IA. Phoebe was awarded $4,000 from Kemin Animal Nutrition & Health.
The Reserve Grand Champion FFA Market Lamb was exhibited by Oliver Dies of Ames, IA. Oliver was awarded $6,000 from Lucta USA with support from Global Vet Link, First National Bank, McKinney Seed and WG Provisions.
The Grand Champion 4-H Market Lamb was exhibited by Sam Schmillen of Marcus, IA. Sam was awarded $4,000 from Hy-Vee with support from Nathan Club Lambs, Berry Farms and Cherokee State Bank.
The Reserve Grand Champion 4-H Market Lamb was exhibited by Colby Williams of Winneshiek County. Colby was awarded $1,500 from Smokey D’s BBQ.
The Grand Champion FFA Meat Goat was exhibited by Nick Deppe of Maquoketa, IA. Nick was awarded $1,500 from Luana Savings Bank.
The Grand Champion 4-H Meat Goat was exhibited by Jadyn Joyce of Graettinger, IA. Jadyn was awarded $9,000 from Swine Genetics International with support of West Fork/Pioneer Hi-Bred, Channel Bio Seed – Mark Sikora and Energy Panel Structures, Inc.
The Grand Champion 4-H Market Broilers were exhibited by Simeon Buie of Batavia, IA. Simeon was awarded $3,000 from Central Iowa KFC Inc. – Kevin Schlutz.
The Reserve Grand Champion 4-H Market Broilers were exhibited by Hannah Muir of Humboldt, IA. Hannah was awarded $8,750 from Ankeny Sanitation Inc. – Andrew Larson with support from Case IH, Washaway Bay – Emmetsburg and Red Power Team.
In addition to the Winner’s Circle Awards, $180,600 in Scholarships were given to ninety-eight (98) youth active in the livestock and agricultural industry, while $17,350 was presented to sixty (60) Performance and Carcass Award winner’s this year.
These awards and scholarships are sponsored by the Iowa Foundation for Agricultural Advancement (IFAA), a non-profit organization. The IFAA was reorganized in 1988 and is comprised of agricultural enthusiasts dedicated to encouraging 4-H and FFA livestock, poultry and agriculture project members to pursue ag related careers.
IFAA has a tradition of providing scholarships and other financial awards to college-bound youth in Iowa who have a genuine interest in remaining active in the field of agriculture after graduation from college. More than $9,228,575 has been generated since 1988 for 2,367 Winner’s Circle Scholarships, 1,551 Performance and Carcass Awards, and 456 Champion livestock exhibitors.