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Harrisburg - The Sale of Champions kicked off the Junior Livestock Sale at the 2011 Pennsylvania Farm Show, with grand and reserve champion lambs, pigs, steers and goats sold to the highest bidders, bringing $43,200.

Paige Stahl, Somerset, Somerset County, exhibited the Grand Champion Market Steer that topped the price list of the sale. "Otis," Stahl's 1,350-pound steer received a winning bid of $10,000 from Hoss's Steak and Sea House, a long time supporter of the livestock sale.

The Reserve Grand Champion Market Steer, exhibited by Brody Fitzgerald, West Grove, Chester County, followed closely behind with a sale price of $7,000. John Rock Inc., purchased the 1,335-pound steer.

In the market hog sale, Colby Bomgardner of Annville, Lebanon County sold his Grand Champion for a hefty price of $6,500. His 280-pound hog, purchased by Hatfield Quality Meats, topped last year's champion sale price by nearly $1,000.

Bell and Evans' Scott Sechler purchased the Reserve Grand Champion Market Hog for $4,200 from Scott Gardner. Garnder of Grindstone, Fayette County, is a first time banner winner at the Pennsylvania Farm Show. His hog weighed in at 277-pounds.

Ryan Witt of Champion, Fayette County ended his 4-H career on a high note as the exhibitor of the Grand Champion Market Lamb. His 146-pound lamb sold for $4,700 to Apline Building Supply, a division of Pioneer Pole Buildings.

The Reserve Grand Champion Lamb was exhibited by Delaney Carey of Mountoursville, Lycoming County. The 138-pound lamb was purchased by Fulton Bank, Bell and Evans and Lebanon Valley Auction for $4,000. Carey also showed last year's reserve champion.

Finishing off the Sale of Champions were the market goats. Megan Anderson of Schellsburg, Bedford County, exhibited the 60-pound Grand Champion Market Goat that was purchased by Bedford Ford-Chrysler for $4,ooo.

Val Svonavec of Rockwood,Somerset County, sold her 98-pound Reserve Grand Champion Market Goat for $2,800 to New Holland Sales Stables, a great supporter of the livestock auction.

Proceeds generated from the Sale of Champions are used to help fund the Farm Show Scholarship Program. At least one percent of the gross sale receipts from each animal sold is contributed to the fund. In total, 419 animals were sold in this year's sale, grossing $287,033

This year, 25 youth scholarship winners were awarded $3,500, totaling $87,500. Since 1994, the Farm Show Scholarship Foundation has awarded $886,250 to 344 students across the commonwealth.

Before each species sold in the Sale of Champions, Outstanding 4-H Leader Awards were given to individuals representing species. The awards recognized those who volunteer their time to help motivate Pennsylvania youth to become strong leaders within their homes and communities.

Dr. Robert Mikesell, professor at Penn State University and junior livestock committee chairperson, coordinated the application process and presented the awards.

Pennsylvania 4-H Swine Leader Award: Donald Miller, Somerset, Somerset Co.
Pennsylvania 4-H Sheep Leader Award: P. Eugene Bollinger, Manheim, Lancaster Co.
Ira J. Coble Pennsylvania 4-H Beef Leader Award: Gerald McMahon, Green Lane, Montgomery Co.
Pennsylvania 4-H Market Goat Leader Award: Shelly Craft, Mineral Point, Cambria Co.

The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation, featuring nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 290 commercial exhibitors. The show runs Jan. 8-15 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg. Admission is free and parking is $10.

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