Changes ahead for State Fair champion sale

IDOA announces new formula designed to reward more young exhibitors.

Under a new system this year, Illinois State Fair Sale of Champions proceeds will be divided among more youth exhibitors. (Photo by Cyndi Wiggs)
Under a new system this year, Illinois State Fair Sale of Champions proceeds will be divided among more youth exhibitors. (Photo by Cyndi Wiggs).

Changes in the 2017 Illinois State Fair Sale of Champions will allow more young exhibitors to receive prize money, Illinois Agriculture Director Raymond Poe and State Fair Manager Kevin Gordon announced recently.

The new formula distributes 50 percent of the sale funds to the grand champion youth exhibitor, 15 percent to the reserve grand champion exhibitor, 15 percent to be divided equally among other breed champion exhibitors in that class, 10 percent to the Illinois 4-H Foundation and 10 percent to the Illinois FFA Foundation.

If the grand champion also is a Land of Lincoln champion (a purebred animal bred and raised in Illinois), the sale proceeds will be distributed: half to the youth exhibitor, 12.5 percent to the reserve grand champion exhibitor, 12.5 percent divided evenly among other breed champion exhibitors in that class, 10 percent to the Illinois 4-H Foundation, 10 percent to the Illinois FFA Foundation and 5 percent to the Land of Lincoln Purebred Breeders Association.

Previously, the grand champion exhibitor received 80 percent of the sale funds with 20 percent divided evenly among the Illinois 4-H Foundation and Illinois FFA.

Poe thanked the State Fair Advisory Board members and their subcommittee for working together “to find a way to reward more youth exhibitors at this year's Illinois State Fair."

Other 2017 changes outlined in the fair premium book include:

- Allowing off-label drugs prescribed by a licensed veterinarian – if disclosed at check-in. Previously, presence of an off-label drug disqualified an animal.

- A list of drugs, if found in an animal's system, that will result in a higher penalty assessed to exhibitor.

Premium books are available online at Illinois.gov/statefair

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