Champion Ham Sells For $350,000 At State Fair

Aug 22, 2013

LOUISVILLE, Ky.-- A first-time buyer has stepped forward with the winning bid for this year’s Kentucky State Fair grand champion country ham. The ham is auctioned at the annual Kentucky Farm Bureau ham breakfast, with the proceeds—and the ham—donated to charity.

Miss Kentucky Jenna Day displays the 2013 grand champion country ham.
Miss Kentucky Jenna Day displays the 2013 grand champion country ham.
Credit Rick Howlett

This year’s top bidder was the Yum Brands Foundation, the charitable arm of the Louisville-based fast food company.   Proceeds from the 350-thousand dollar sale will go to the Fund for the Arts.

Fund President Barbara Sexton Smith says the money will be used to boost an existing collaboration with the Yum Brands Foundation.