Iowa State Fair







Sale of Champions

Sale of Champions

During the prestigious Iowa State Fair Sale of Champions, 16 4-H and FFA exhibitors sell their champion livestock to hometown and national supporters. The animals represent the Grand and Reserve Grand Champions in each of their respective species as selected during the Fair’s livestock show. The Iowa State Fair features one of the largest livestock shows in the world and winning a class - let alone showing a champion animal - is highly coveted.

The Sale of Champions is managed by the Iowa Foundation for Agricultural Advancement (IFAA) and is hosted the last Saturday of the Iowa State Fair in the Cattle Barn’s Penningroth Media Center.

IFAA Scholarships

Sale of Champions 2021

Records Set at 2021 Iowa State Fair Sale of Champions

With a final swing of the gavel, the Iowa Foundation for Agricultural Advancement (IFAA) raised a sale record of $443,500 for the 16 exhibitors of 4-H and FFA Grand and Reserve Champion livestock in the Sale of Champions Saturday at the 2021 Iowa State Fair.

Four champion records were broken during the 2021 Sale.

The Grand Champion 4-H Market Steer stole the show with an all-time record for all species at $100,000. The Grand Champion 4-H Market Heifer also broke a record price at $40,000. The Reserve Grand Champion Market Heifer brought in a record price of $42,000, and the Grand Champion FFA Market Lamb brought in a record price of $18,500.

Participants in the Sale of Champions were asked to find hometown support. The purchaser in the auction paid the difference between local support and the final sale price. Each participant in the sale takes home a check for 75 percent of the animal’s sale price. The IFAA keeps 25 percent to fund the scholarship program and cover Sale expenses. In addition to their earnings, the exhibitors of the Grand Champion 4-H Market Steer, Grand Champion FFA Market Hog, Grand Champion 4-H Market Lamb and Grand Champion 4-H Breeding Heifer earn the use of a new aluminum livestock trailer for one year courtesy of Featherlite, Inc., of Cresco, Iowa. The Grand Champion 4-H and FFA Market Meat Goats receive aluminum toppers.

In addition to the sale, the IFAA awarded $184,350 in scholarships as well as performance and carcass awards in the amount of $23,150 presented prior to the Sale, for a total $651,000 for young livestock exhibitors. Since 1988, the IFAA has raised over $9 million to support the future of Iowa’s youth and future Ag leaders.


IFAA has a tradition of providing scholarships and other financial awards to college-bound youth who have a genuine interest in remaining active in the field of agriculture after graduation from college

Learn More

Sale of Champions

Winners Bios

Sale of Champions winners photos and bios

View Bios

Sale of Champions