12-Year-Old Shaelye Varner Sells Grand Champion Steer for $100K

 / Updated  / Source: Associated Press
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn congratulates Shaelye Varner, center, on her grand champion steer during the Governor's Sale of Champions at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield, Ill., on Aug. 12. A record $100,000 was bid for Varner's steer, shattering last year's fair record of $62,000. AT&T, Monsanto and DeKalb Asgrow combined to bid for Varner's crossbred steer.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn congratulates Shaelye Varner, center, on her grand champion steer during the Governor's Sale of Champions at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield, Ill., on Aug. 12. A record $100,000 was bid for Varner's steer, shattering last year's fair record of $62,000. AT&T, Monsanto and DeKalb Asgrow combined to bid for Varner's crossbred steer. Justin L. Fowler / The State Journal-Register via AP

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A 12-year-old Illinois girl needs a bigger piggy bank. Shaelye Varner showed the grand champion, 1,330-pound steer at the Illinois State Fair, then sold it at auction for a whopping $100,000 — shattering last year's fair record of $62,000. AT&T, Monsanto and DeKalb Asgrow combined to bid for Varner's crossbred steer. Fair officials say $100,000 would have bought almost every animal in the sale of champions just four years ago. This year, the auction netted more than $260,000 for the kids who raised the animals, as well as the 4-H and Future Farmers of America programs, which each receive 10 percent of the proceeds. Shaelye — from Morris, about an hour southwest of Chicago — says she's been showing since she was 5 years old. She plans to save her money and use it for a future career in livestock.

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