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Sale of Champions raises over $80000 for scholarships and youth programming – Morning Ag Clips –

DOSWELL, Va. — The Oct. 1 State Fair of Virginia Youth Livestock Sale of Champions raised $83,200 in support of the fair’s long-standing commitment to youth.
The 2022 State Fair welcomed youth exhibiting market cattle, swine, goats and sheep for the opportunity to compete for scholarships at the annual Sale of Champions.
The sale celebrates the hard work of Virginia 4-H and FFA participants, and auction proceeds benefit the State Fair Youth Scholarship Fund and the fair’s continued support of youth across the commonwealth.
“We are thrilled that the community continues to support this worthy effort and that so many students will benefit from the 2022 Youth Livestock Show and Sale of Champions,” said Marlene Jolliffe, the fair’s executive director. “And we couldn’t do it without all the help from our committees, volunteers, The Meadow Event Park staff and Virginia Cooperative Extension. The livestock shows and the Sale of Champions embody part of the State Fair Youth Development Board’s mission—to connect farmers, teachers, leaders and businesses in offering encouragement and recognition to Virginia’s youth as they participate in competitions and educational programs.”
The fair offers youth more than $100,000 each year in scholarship funds through 4-H, FFA and vocational competitions and specific equine, fine arts and horticulture competitions. Sale of Champions proceeds support competition premiums as well as an endowed scholarship fund open to all youth State Fair exhibitors and an applied scholarship program for youth livestock exhibitors.
The Sale of Champions featured the auction of grand champion and reserve champion market animals from this year’s 4-H and FFA youth livestock shows. Exhibitors received 25% of their respective animals’ purchase prices—75% as a cash premium and 25% in scholarship funds. The following are this year’s winners:
The 2023 State Fair of Virginia will run from Sept. 22 through Oct. 1. Information is available at StateFairVa.org.
The State Fair is held each fall at its permanent home at The Meadow Event Park in Caroline County and attracts over 200,000 fairgoers. The event celebrates the best of Virginia’s past, present and future through scholarship initiatives, creative programming and a focus on the commonwealth’s agriculture and natural resources industries.
–Pam Wiley, State Fair of Virginia
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