Food, farm industry partners celebrate the 2015 Sale of Champions

Staff report

DEFIANCE – Representatives from Bob Evans Farms, Ohio Farm Bureau and Event Marketing Strategies gathered at Bob Evans in Defiance Tuesday, Sept. 29, to celebrate a partnership in support of local food, farming, youth development and agriculture education in Ohio.

Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions exhibitor Ashton Dominique and her family were the guests of honor as the partners celebrated the purchase of her Reserve Grand Champion Market Barrow at the 2015 Ohio State Fair. It was purchased for $26,000 at a live auction, with $7,000 going to Ashton and the rest going to the fair’s Youth Reserve Program, which benefits contests, scholarships, 4-H, FFA and several other youth programs. Huffman’s Market, unable to attend, was also a partner in the purchase.

“We’re proud to celebrate this local family,” said Ohio Farm Bureau’s Executive Vice President Jack Fisher. “It’s important that we continue to help develop an interest in agriculture for today’s youth and provide the resources they need to succeed.”

The celebration kicked off with partner introductions, a few words from Dominique about her experience and a farm-fresh Bob Evans meal. About 30 were in attendance for a dessert reception and photo opportunities with Ashton and the partners in attendance including, Jack Fisher, executive vice president of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, Mike Townsley, president of Bob Evans Foods, and Jeff Milgrom, president of Event Marketing Strategies.

The partners will continue to bring the importance of youth development and agriculture education into focus through future partner events.

Staff report