Grand prize steer brings in $1,500

By Corene Brisendine

Livestock and baked goods winners sold their prize-winning animals and creations on Monday as the Riley County Fair wrapped up a weekend of events and contests.

Jennifer Wilson, extension director for 4-H, said the highest-selling animal was the grand champion steer, owned by Reid Shipman of the Pillsbury 4-H Club. It sold for $1,500 to Sink, Gillmore and Gordon, and Dick Edwards Ford.

The highest-selling cake took intermediate champion on Sunday. The lemon chiffon cake baked by Katie Pralle was sold for $310 to Morrison, Frost, Olson, Irvine and Schartz Attorneys.

Bob Sawyer bought Paige Fowler’s granola raisin breakfast rolls, which won junior champion, for $200; and Ashley Schafer, junior reserve champion, sold her rich silver cake to Tom Kimball for $120.

Wilson said most of the baked goods winners decided not to sell their prize-winning confections because they also had livestock for sale. She said the rules allowed them to sell either their baked goods or their livestock, but not both.

Although none sold animals for as much as Shipman, several still took home premium prices.

Kobie Camerlinck of Riley Rascals 4-H sold his reserve champion steer to Key Feeds for $1,000. The grand champion market swine, owned by Breanna Stillwagon of the Bonfire 4-H Club, was also sold to Key Feeds for $900.

The grand champion market goat, exhibited by Brittni Winter of Leonardville Hustlers 4-H Club, was purchased by Tom Link for a $500 premium. The owners of the champion and reserve champion sheep chose to take their animals on to the state fair instead of selling them at the auction on Monday.

Reserve champion market pen of rabbits sold for $200 to Reed and Elliot Jewelers. It was owned by Marquez Spiller of the Riley County Rabbit Club.

Wilson said most of the other activities scheduled, including the carnival rides on Monday, were closed down because of the rain. She said the fairgrounds were “knee deep in mud” Tuesday morning after receiving almost three inches of rain.

She said extension staff will be cleaning up at CiCo park for the next couple of days.

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