Kentucky State Fair

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   A governor’s order that triggered a leadership shakeup at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville drew criticism and bewilderment Tuesday from members of the committee that oversees the 41-year-old event.

Ronnie Drennan rubbed some salt and sugar into a ham about nine months ago and knew this was the start of something good.

He didn't know it was $2 million worth of good. That's the price tag his country ham snared Thursday morning in an auction at the Kentucky State Fair.

The auction of the state's "grand champion" ham is an annual tradition and the money goes to the charity of the winning bidder's choice. This year, the 16-pound piece of pork went to a group including owners of Louisville's Hermitage Farms, Bridgeman Foods and Republic Bank.

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The Kentucky State Fair is offering an opportunity to educate visitors on the economic impact of the commonwealth's agriculture business. 

Harper's Country Hams

The Kentucky State Fair grand champion country ham fetched $350,000 at a charity auction today. Harper’s Country Hams of Clinton produced the  grand champion country ham.

The sale was conducted during the Kentucky Farm Bureau’s 50th annual country ham breakfast.

History was made on a couple of fronts at this year’s auction.   For the first time in a half-century of sales, the auctioneer was a woman — Danetta Allen of Mt. Vernon, Ky.

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The Kentucky State Fair grand champion country ham fetched $300,000 at a charity auction Thursday. Since 1964, the top ham has been auctioned at the close of the Kentucky Farm Bureau country ham breakfast. This year’s top bidder was Louisville optometrist Dr. Mark Lynn.

273-pound Watermelon Wins Kentucky State Fair

Aug 17, 2012
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A watermelon weighing 273.3 lbs. has won the blue ribbon at the Kentucky State Fair. Fair spokeswoman Amanda Storment says the watermelon is one of the five largest ever grown and the largest on record in the U.S.

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The summer drought is expected to have an impact on many of the Kentucky State Fair’s agricultural entries. Kentucky’s suffered a hot, dry summer, and farmers in the western half of the state are bearing the brunt of the disaster. The stress has already shown up on fair entries in other drought-stricken areas of the country, with smaller ears of corn and other vegetables and fewer head of livestock on display.