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Published: Thursday, 8/14/2003

Champion state fair hog fetches $20K; fowl tops $8K


COLUMBUS - The livestock raised by Bailey Creager and Patrick Nolan were already champions.

Those champions brought in big bucks last night during the annual Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions.

Meijer, Inc., bought the crossbred hog belonging to Bailey, 9, who lives near Wauseon, for $20,000. The hog was named grand champion of the State Fair market hog show Sunday. Fair rules permit Bailey to keep $8,000. The remainder is retained by the fair to disburse to other winners. Bailey's hog would be worth about $120 on the open market.

“That's as good a pig as we've ever raised,” her father, Todd Creager, said.

A hog raised by Bailey's sister, Taylor, 12, was grand champion last year and also sold for $20,000. But six weeks ago, the Ohio Department of Agriculture disqualified the hog because tests showed that it still had a tiny amount of testicular tissue. Rules require market hogs be castrated.

The family has appealed the decision and requested a hearing in Franklin County Common Pleas Court.

Bailey said she would share her prize with Taylor and with her brother, Mason, 5.

The Nelson Auto Group paid $8,300 for the pen of four meat chickens raised by Mr. Nolan, 19, who lives east of Norwalk, Ohio. His chickens were named reserve champions at the fair.

Mr. Nolan will get to keep $3,000 for the chickens, which are worth about $35 on the open market.

In nine years of showing meat chickens at youth shows and county and state fairs, Mr. Nolan has received nearly $30,000. His grand champion chickens last year sold for $18,000.

“It still feels great,” he said.

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