This year's Champion Sale at the Ohio State Fair has apparantly been affected by this year's economic downturn. Profits didn't come close to last year's bonanza when five records were broken and $139,000 were contributed to a fund that provides college scholarships and prizes for other exibitors.
The 2002 sale brought in a total of $137,000 and $75,000 of that money will go to the scholarship. Not even the showcase sale of the night by Stephanie Riley of Dresden could break the slump, despite the best efforts of auctioneer Johnny Regala and Governor Taft. The high bid for Riley's steer was $40,000, slightly more than half of last year's record, which was $75,000.
The Kroger Company was top bidder for the eighth year in a row.