Cheese stands alone: $26K Swiss breaks Ohio fair sale record


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s grand champion Swiss cheese has set another sales record? Holy cow.

The dairy dynamo cashed in at $26,000 during the Ohio State Fair’s Sale of Champions Sunday. That’s $1,000 more than the previous record set last year.

The champion market turkey also set a record at $16,000.

Overall, the Sale of Champions auction generated $269,500 for the year, the most going to a $45,000 champion steer. After winners’ earnings, $181,000 of the proceeds will go the fair’s Youth Reserve Program.

The 21-year-old program rewards junior fair exhibitors through contests, scholarships, skill-a-thons and through 4-H and Future Farmers of America clubs. It’s awarded more than $3 million to roughly 33,000 youth since its inception.

The champion cheese was produced by Guggisberg Cheese Co., representing the year’s seven dairy champions.

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