After a 12-day run that included lower attendance and a deadly accident involving a midway ride, the Ohio State Fair closed Sunday with some good news.
The Sales of Champions, the sale of prize winning livestock raised by Junior Fair exhibitors, raised $284,000, and the price of the Reserve Grand Champion Market Barrow (a type of male hog) broke a four year old record.
Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David Daniels said individual exhibitor earnings from the sale are capped, with the excess going into a shared fund.
“We’ve helped over 300,000 kids and youth through the sale by kind of spreading that prize money around a little bit,” Daniels said.
This year’s sale brought in $196,000 to that fund for scholarships, the Ohio State Fair band and choir, and other programs.