Mike Townsley (in red), of Bob Evans is seated next to OFBF's Steve Hirsch at the 2010 Sale of Champions.

Bob Evans, OFBF invest in youth with hog purchase

Buckeye Farm News

Bob Evans, in partnership with Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF), purchased this year’s reserve grand champion market barrow at the Ohio State Fair, which will help support youth involvement in agriculture. 

The hog was exhibited by Alec Bremek of Logan County.

Under Ohio State Fair rules, the bulk of the proceeds from the sale will go back into carcass contests, scholarships, the Outstanding Market Exhibitor program, showmanship awards, skillathon awards, dairy cattle, breeding animals, FFA and 4-H. At the 2010 Sale of Champions, a total of $204,500 was raised for the youth programs. 

“This was a great opportunity for Farm Bureau to promote agriculture and advance our commitment to youth and the fair,” said Janet Cassidy, OFBF senior director of marketing communications. “Our support of the Sale of Champions was another step in our growing partnership with Bob Evans.  I encourage members to keep their eye out for more exciting news from this partnership in the future.”

Mike Townsely, president of Bob Evans Food Products, said the company was happy to return to the Sale of Champions this year.

“Our founder truly drove the Grand Champion competition at the Ohio State Fair purchasing 20 out of 23 Champion Barrows at the Ohio State Fair from 1957-1980. We are committed to honoring his tradition of giving back to Ohio’s youth and Ohio agriculture.”

‘Free Breakfast for a Year’

Ohio farmers and Bob Evans Farms are also teaming up to provide two Ohio families with “Free Breakfast for a Year.”*

Through Oct. 15, Ohioans can register at www.FarmersFeedUS.org to win one of two grand prizes of “Free Breakfast for a Year” at Bob Evans Restaurants. Visitors to the site will be guided through registration by an Ohio farmer, who will also explain how he or she produces safe, nutritious and affordable food. Consumers can register with each of seven farmers daily through the end of the program.

The website features beef, dairy, pork, lamb, soybean, egg and turkey farmers from across the state sharing information about their farms and their families. The site also features nutritious recipes and fun farm facts.

More information and complete rules for the sweepstakes can be found at www.FarmersFeedUS.org.

*The contest will award two prizes in the form of individual gift cards, each worth approximately $1,700, which is equal to the cost to provide four (4) Rise & Shine breakfast meals per week for 52 weeks to two winners.

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