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steer show at Illinois State Fair Holly Spangler
WINNER: Cole Caldwell, Peoria County, gets the winning slap as his crossbred steer is chosen grand champion steer for the 2019 Illinois State Fair. Caldwell’s steer will sell in the Sale of Champions on Aug. 13.

Meet the champions

Here’s a look at the champion market animals at the Illinois State Fair, plus which ones will sell in Tuesday’s Sale of Champions.

The Illinois State Fair’s annual Parade of Champions emerged from the newly renovated Coliseum of Champions over the weekend with a new set of winners for 2019.

Each champion and Land of Lincoln champion will sell in the Governor’s Sale of Champions, which will take place at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 13 in the Coliseum. Here’s a look at the winners, with an asterisk designating those animals that will sell Aug. 13:

Overall Market Steer
*Champion: Cole Caldwell, Peoria County (Crossbred)
Reserve: Sam Nightingale, Henry County (Crossbred)
3rd: Kashen Ellerbrock, Henry County (AOB)
4th: Colton Baudino, Grundy County (AOB)
5th: Chet Gillespie, Stark County (Simmental)
*Land of Lincoln Champion: Tara Hummel, Kankakee County

Overall Market Barrow
*Champion: Claire Bobell, Logan County (Crossbred)
Reserve: Mitchell Halat (Crossbred)
*3rd and Land of Lincoln Champion: Ella Bobell, Logan County (Duroc)
4th: Bryce Bedecker (Chester)
5th: Lane Mollett (York)

Overall Market Wether
*Champion: Carter Hoge, McDonough County (Natural Color)
*Reserve and Land of Lincoln Champion: Macey DeBlock, Mercer County (Hampshire)
3rd Overall: Olivia Caldwell, Peoria County (Crossbred)
4th Overall: Ashtin Guyer, Crawford County (Hampshire)
5th Overall: Lillian Unger, (Natural Color)

Overall Market Meat Goat
*Champion: Tara Hummel, Kankakee County
*Reserve and Land of Lincoln Champion: Chase Tomhave, Morgan County

Other champions that will sell in the Sale of Champions include the grand champion Poultry Meat Pen exhibited by Faith Foster from Ford County.

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