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2 Million Dollar Ham! Country Ham Breakfast and Auction Louisville KY

Holly Cow! Record Breaker!! Grand Champion Ham lands 2 million dollar at the 51st annual Country Ham Breakfast and Auction.

The Kentucky State Fair’s Grand Champion Ham was a hot commodity, earning a record-high $2 million charitable bid during Kentucky Farm Bureau’s (KFB) 51st annual Country Ham Breakfast & Auction.

Country Ham Breakfast

After bidding against one another at the auction’s opening and watching the prices climb higher and higher,Republic Bank & Trust Company paired with Hermitage Farm and Bridgeman Foods to present the record-shattering $2 million bid. The 15.89-pound Grand Champion Ham produced by Broadbent’s B&B Foods of Kuttawa, Kentucky, was therefore worth approximately $125,865 per pound.

The previous record high was another joint bid of $1.6 million from Republic Bank & Trust Company and Dr. Mark Lynn & Associates in 2010.

“I’m proud to share this moment with the Bridgeman and Hermitage Farm folks,” said Steve Trager of Republic Bank & Trust Company after the auction’s conclusion. “It’s two million dollars. Now we can do some really good things in the community, and that’s what it’s all about.”

Nearly 1,600 people gathered for KFB’s 51st annual Country Ham Breakfast & Auction in the South Wing of the Kentucky Exposition Center, and were witnesses to this monumental feat of charitable giving. Local, state and national elected officials spoke prior to the auction about current agricultural and political conditions in Kentucky and across the nation, but the event hit a fever pitch as the audience watched bidders duel in seven-figure amounts for the Grand Champion Ham.

Trager announced at the Ham Breakfast that the charitable donation from the Republic Bank & Trust Company would be steered towards institutes supporting health care and education. Wilson shared that his group’s half of the winning bid would be split among a few different charities, including the West End School in Louisville.

“It was a wonderful opportunity to be able to double the ability to give to the community,” concluded Steve Wilson of Hermitage Farms. “I think the ham is a wonderful symbol of the bounty of the agricultural products in Kentucky; a good symbol of charity and sharing food.”

Although no goal amount is set for the ham’s top bid each year, KFB has now helped raise more than $8.9 million for dozens of local charities, educational institutions and non-profit organizations through the 51-year history of the auction. All money raised through this auction is donated directly to the charity of the winning bidder’s choice.

“It’s a amazingly successful day when we can place the spotlight on Kentucky’s deep agricultural roots and help bring about a multi-million dollar donation to local charities,” said Joe Cain, KFB’s commodity director and ham breakfast event coordinator.

The ham auction’s humble beginnings – a respectable $124 winning bid at the first event in 1964 – have grown exponentially in recent years. The average price of the auctioned ham over the last 10 years is now $739,000.

2014 Miss Kentucky Ramsey Carpenter

Miss Kentucky 2014, Ramsey Carpenter, showcased the Kentucky State Fair’s grand champion ham to bidders during the 51st annual Kentucky Farm Bureau Country Ham Breakfast and Auction.

buyers of Ham

2014 Miss Kentucky Ramsey Carpenter (holding the Grand Champion Ham) is joined on the front row of dignitaries with, left to right, Ryan Bridgeman of Bridgeman Foods, Steve Wilson of Hermitage Farms, Steve Trager of Republic Bank & Trust Company, Governor Steve Beshear and Kentucky Farm Bureau President Mark Haney. They are joined in the second row by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and numerous representatives from Kentucky Farm Bureau and Republic Bank & Trust Company after placing the winning $2 million bid.

Sale of Champions at Kentucky State Fair

During the prestigious Kentucky State Fair Sale of Champions, eight 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 Kentucky State Fair features one of the most esteemed livestock shows in the nation and winning a class is highly coveted.

Grand Champ Steer Grand Champion Steer
Exhibited by:
A.K. Phillips, Fleming County FFA
Purchased by:
Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance, Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association, Cargill, Southern States of Maysville & Flemingsburg, Hinton Mills, Michael & Julie Peterson


Reserve Grand Champ SteerReserve Champion Steer
Exhibited by:
Dalton Anderson, Kenton County 4-H
Purchased by:
Centerplate, Inc., Kentucky 4-H Foundation, Carney’s Feedmill, VitaLix, Alison Lundergan Grimes


Grand Champ Market HogGrand Champion Hog
Exhibited by:
Ruth Ann Myers, Boyle County FFA
Purchased by:
Kentucky Pork Producers, Kentucky Soybean Board, Fifth Third Bank, Hilton Garden Inn, Sam Moore


Reserve Grand Champ Market HogReserve Champion Hog
Exhibited by:
Gary Nelson Barger, Meade County FFA
Purchased by:
Kentucky Corn Growers Association, Ed and Pat Jenkins, Farm Credit Mid-America, Judah Real Estate Group, Friends of the Sale

Grand Champ Market LambGrand Champion Lamb
Exhibited by:
Jackson Campbell, Logan County FFA
Purchased by:
North American Midway Entertainment, Kentucky FFA Foundation, PNC Bank, Kentucky Livestock Improvement Association


Reserve Grand Champ Market LambReserve Champion Lamb
Exhibited by:
Allison Breeze, Mason County FFA
Purchased by:
Galt House & Crowne Plaza, Kentucky Association of Fairs & Horse Shows, Central Farm Supply, Monsanto, Continental Industries
Grand Champ Market GoatGrand Champion Market Goat
Exhibited by:
Blake Quiggins, Hart County FFA
Purchased by:
Ron & Lynn Carmicle, Tom & Wendy Schifano, Bill Malone, Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay, Green Hill Productions

Reserve Grand Champ Market GoatReserve Champion Market Goat
Exhibited by:
Chesney Soileau, Bourbon County FFA
Purchased by:
Kentucky Goat Producers Association, Paris Stockyards, Jefferson County Farm Bureau, Braxton & Hampton Burghy, Jack Henry, Lucy & Hadley Szydlowski, Ann Bakhaus, Bourbon County Farm Bureau



MercyMe: Christian Band

MercyMe is an American Christian rock band founded in Greenville, TX.  The band consists of vocalist Bart Millard, keyboardist James Bryson, percussionist Robby Shaffer, bassist Nathan Cochran and guitarists Michael Scheuchzer and Barry Graul.

The band formed in 1994 and released six independent albums prior to signing with INO Records in 2001. The group first gained mainstream recognition with the crossover single, ” I Can Only Imagine” which elevated their debut album, Almost There, to double platinum certification. Since then, the group has released six additional studio albums (four of which have been certified gold) and a greatest hits album, 10. The group has also had 13 consecutive top 5 singles on the Billboard Christian Songs chart, with 7 of them reaching No. 1. MercyMe has won 8 Dove Awards and has had numerous Grammy Award nominations. On April 8, 2014, the band released its eighth studio album titled Welcome to the New.


Roller Derby- All ages and sizes.

A fun assignment covering the Derby City Roller Girls.

Roller Derby

Roller derby is a contact sport played by two teams of five members roller skating in the same direction around a track. Game play consists of a series of short matchups (“jams”) in which both teams designate a scoring player (the “jammer”) who scores points by lapping members of the opposing team. The teams attempt to assist their own jammer while hindering the opposing jammer—in effect, playing both offense and defense simultaneously. Roller derby is played by approximately 1,250 amateur leagues worldwide, nearly half of them outside the U.S.

Modern roller derby is an international sport dominated by all-female amateur teams, in addition to a growing number of male and co-ed As of 2014 the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, had 243 full member leagues and 114 Apprentice Leagues.

Happy Campers!!

Children with cancer are smiling at a Flashes of Hope outdoor portrait session at Indian Summer Camp.  It’s was an unforgettable experience for everyone involved.  There were over a hundred kids at camp and that were photographed. The image below is a small group of the kids that attended.  This was Flashed of Hope’s first year…I am so glad to be involved with FOH and for sure I will be there next year too!!!!

Indian Summer Camp is a popular one-week program for children ages 7-17 who have or have had cancer. Held each summer at Camp Cedarmore near Bagdad, KY, the free camp offers swimming, crafts, hiking, fishing, archery, and campfires under the stars as a welcome break from hospitals, doctors, and treatment sessions. The camp offers the opportunity to grow, learn, and build self reliance.

Flashes of Hope: Flashes of Hope is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating powerful, uplifting portraits of children fighting cancer.

Help us honor the courage of every child with cancer and fund research so they will have the chance to create a lifetime of memories.


Flashes of Hope Kids

Family Portrait Time!

It’s hard to believe that I photographed this couple’s wedding 7 years ago. What is a lovely young family!IMG_0038bwIMG_0069 bw copyIMG_0070bwIMG_0103bw

University of Louisville Class of 2036

I loved that this baby’s dad brought in this helmet! What a great prop. I wish I could keep it.  I am now looking for a UK (University of Kentucky) baby! 🙂

UofL Baby

Kosair Children’s Hospital and Flashes of Hope

Through the partnership of Flashes of Hope and ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers) children who are battling cancer have the opportunity to have their portraits taken while they are staying at the hospital.  It is a free service for the children and their families.  Each month an ASMP photographer and sometimes a make up artist will come to the hospital and set up a “portrait studio”.  Kids and their families are photographed all afternoon. The images are edited and 8×10′s and 4×6′s are given to the family. I have been an ASMP member since 2002 and June was my month to volunteer and provide photography services for children who have been diagnosed with cancer and presently receiving treatment at Kosair Children’s Hospital, Louisville, Kentucky. For More information. Since it’s founding in 2001, Flashes of Hope have photographed 38,492 children at hospitals and camps across the United States. Help all of us honor the courage of every child with cancer and fund research so they will have the chance to create a lifetime of memories.  To support: Flashes of Hope 06.04.14

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