It was a night of records being smashed at the annual Governor’s Sale of Champions during Agriculture Day at the Illinois State Fair.
The grand champion crossbred steer sold for $100,000 during Tuesday night’s auction… far beyond the previous record of $62,000 set just a year earlier.
In fact, that one sale alone nearly equaled the total for all animals sold during the 2010 Sale of Champions combined.
Meanwhile, the grand champion steer was purchased for $56,000… by GOP candidate for governor Bruce Rauner and his wife.
The total $260,000 raised Tuesday night will be split among the young exhibitors who raised the animals and their respective 4-H and FFA programs.