MOUNT VERNON -- Nearly $100,000 worth of livestock was sold at this year's Knox County Junior Fair "Sale of Champions" – doubling the dollar amount raised in 2020.
While the total sale number was not available Friday, Junior Fair exhibitors earned $96,420 during Thursday's Sale of Champions. Exhibitors earned $49,035 last year, and over $575,000 in total, according to Junior Fair Coordinator Samantha Beheler.
GALLERY: 2021 Knox County Junior Fair Sale of Champions
The grand and reserve grand champion projects in each species were auctioned off Thursday morning in the Knox County Junior Fair Sale of Champions. Exhibitors earned nearly $100,000 total in this year's Sale of Champions, as local individuals and businesses bid for their livestock projects.
Ellie Kidwell, of Walhonding, was the recipient of this year's David Greer Award, which is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club and is meant to recognize an outstanding youth member of the Knox County Junior Fair.
John McCann, of Mount Vernon, received this year's Hall of Fame Award, which is sponsored by the Junior Fair Sales Committee and is meant to recognize an individual or business who has played a key role in the livestock sale over the years.
Here were the results from this year's Sale of Champions:
Grand champion market goat
Erich Rhodeback, Mount Vernon -- project sold to State Rep. Rick Carfagna for $2,100
Reserve grand champion market goat
Aubree Hess, Fredericktown -- project sold to Small's Sand & Gravel, Small Farms, Beheler Excavating, Beheler Family Farms, and Turning Leaf Occupational Therapy for $2,600
Grand champion broilers
Julian Ball, Danville -- project sold to Beheler Excavating, Beheler Family Farms, and Small's Sand & Gravel for $2,300
Reserve grand champion broilers
Katie Lindeman, Fredericktown -- project sold to Beheler Excavating and Beheler Family Farms for $5,100
Grand champion market hog and heavyweight division champion
Alenah Boeshart, Danville -- project sold to Beheler Excavating, Beheler Family Farms, Small's Sand & Gravel, Small Farms, and Round Hill Dairy Ice Cream for $5,500
Reserve grand champion market hog and mid-weight division champion
Grady Row, Mount Vernon -- project sold to Smithhisler Meats for $2,600
Grand champion market rabbits
Justin Zollars, Mount Vernon -- project sold to Alumni Roofing Company for $4,250
Reserve grand champion market rabbits
Isabella Byler, Brinkhaven -- project sold to Riverside Recovery Services for $3,000
Grand champion market beef
Gavin Burke, Mount Vernon -- project sold to Shipley Seed Service for $12,900
Reserve grand champion market beef
Charley Beheler, Fredericktown -- project sold to Boeshart Farms and Alumni Roofing Company for $13,000
The Supreme Champion Dairy Cow will receive 15 percent of the proceeds, while the remaining money will be divided equally between all dairy exhibitors -- project sold to approximately a dozen local individuals and businesses for a combined $2,870
Grand champion dairy market feeder
Taylnn Morningstar, Howard -- project sold to Donley Ford of Mount Vernon, Small's Sand & Gravel, and Southeastern Equipment Company for $4,100
Reserve grand champion dairy market feeder
Amanda Annett, Utica -- project sold to Didinger Crop Services and Kari Ball Nationwide Insurance Agency for $4,100
Grand champion pen-of-three market lambs
Chesnee Fairall, Centerburg -- project sold to Park National Bank for $5,600
Reserve grand champion pen-of-three market lambs
Caleb McKee, Gambier -- project sold to John Hinderer Honda for $5,100
Grand champion market lamb
Ashton Anderson, Centerburg -- project sold to Knox Community Hospital for $3,400
Reserve grand champion market lamb
Austin Anderson, Centerburg -- project sold to State Senator Andrew Brenner for $2,700
Grand champion turkey
Cordilla Richert, Danville -- project sold to Knox Community Hospital for $2,200
Reserve grand champion turkey
Case Armstrong, Mount Vernon -- project sold to Broerman Insurance Agency for $2,600
Grand champion market dairy steer
Ethan Swendal, Howard -- project sold to Park National Bank, Beheler Excavating, Beheler Family Farms, and Loudonville Farmers Equity for $5,000
Reserve grand champion market dairy steer
Amanda Annett, Utica -- project sold to John Hinderer Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram for $5,400
This year's auctioneers and ringmen were: Thadd Blubaugh, Brian Davis, Chris Davis, Bernie Douglas, Mark Dudgeon, Matt Fowler, Steve Jagger, Dave McDowell, John Ruckman, John Sperry, and Wes Wigton.
The sale's financial agent was Park National Bank, and it was broadcast live Thursday morning by WNZR.
Final total numbers for this year's livestock sale will be posted as they become available.