For two London natives, hard work and dedication is what it took to make their dreams come true. Now, a few years later, they are being recognized for it at the Ohio State Fair.
Former livestock champions, Gerrett Davison and Delanie Wiseman, have been invited to the Ohio State Fair this Sunday, Aug. 6 as honorary guests at the 50th Annual Sale of Champions.
The sale starts at 2 p.m. in the WCOL Celeste Center and the guests will join General Manager Virgil Strickler for both the celebration and livestock auction.
Davison won Grand Champion Market Beef in 2014 and Wiseman won Reserve Grand Champion in 2013 for Market Lamb.
“The Sale of Champions is the ultimate goal of the showers,” Davison said. “It’s an extremely competitive event and it’s an honor to be a part of it.” He has shown at the county, state and national levels, starting here in Madison County at the yearly fair. His brother still shows, which is something he is still involved in, but the primary focus in the short-term is school. “That takes up most of my time right now,” he said. “But I’ll be graduating in the spring of 2018.
“I’m studying Agronomy at Ohio State University and minoring in Ag Business,” he said. His hope is to stay in the agriculture world, specifically in retail. “I’d like to start maybe selling, working with farmers, selling seed.” Ultimately, he would like to join his family as a fourth-generation farmer.
Davison’s steer was sold to Steve Rauch Excavation and Demolition for $80,000. More than half the earnings went into 4-H endowments and Davison took home $17,500 which he put into his education.
Delanie Wiseman echoed Davison’s sentiments about the prestige of the Sale of Champions, saying that it was always a goal but “not easy.”
“It’s always been my dream to get there,” she said. “It took 10 years and was a lot of time, effort and dedication. But I was able to achieve it in my final year.” She started showing at eight years old and won in her age division two years later.
Wiseman’s champion lamb was sold to the Kroger Company for $25,000. She also put the money toward school, which she graduated from in December of last year with a degree in Animal Science. She currently works multiple jobs, one of which is helping younger kids at the county fairs. Her plan is to go on to graduate school and major in something connected to the agriculture field.
The Sale of Champions has been a State Fair event since 1968 and, since then, has honored 422 youth champions. The sale has raised $6,437,229 from livestock sales and since 1995, $3,096,300 has been collected for the Youth Reserve Program, which funds scholarships, the outstanding market exhibitor program, outstanding breeding exhibitor program, showmanship, skill-a-thons, 4-H and FFA.
Reach Michael Williamson at 740-852-1616, ext. 1619.