12-year-old girl breaks Illinois State Fair record by selling steer for $100k

By Gina DiFalco,

A 12-year-old girl from Illinois has just made a very profitable sale of her steer and even broke records at the Illinois State Fair.

Shaelye Varner broke last year’s record of $62,000 and sold her crossbred steer for a whopping $100,000.

According to Greenfield Reporter, AT&T, Monsanto and DeKalb Asgrow’s auction bids allowed her to make off with the large amount of money.

Illinois Department of Agriculture spokesman Jeff Squibb told the Chicago Tribune the steer that Varner sold for half of what the state’s average home costs is named Ted and he weighs 1,330 pounds.

“It was a thrill to be a part of this record-breaking event that celebrates the state's number one industry,” said Gov. Pat Quinn.

Varner told officials she will save the money for her future, which includes a career in livestock.

“When I grow up, I want to judge competitions like the ones I have been competing in,” she said.

Ten percent of the proceeds from the auction go to 4-H and FFA programs, which stands for Future Farmers of America.



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