Lea Kimley (third from left) was recognized for exhibiting the Grand Champion Barrow at the Ohio State Fair.

Local celebration honors Clark County State Fair champion

Buckeye Farm News

Bob Evans Restaurants, JD Equipment and Ohio Farm Bureau Federation hosted a community celebration Aug. 20 at a Clark County Bob Evans Restaurant honoring Lea Kimley and her family on their achievement: exhibiting the Grand Champion Barrow at the 2012 Ohio State Fair.

“Developing young leaders for Ohio is an important job; we’re thankful the folks at Bob Evans and JD Equipment share Farm Bureau members’ passion for supporting our state’s youth,” said Jack Fisher, OFBF executive vice president.The three organizations partnered to purchase Kimley’s barrow at the Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions Aug. 5. The bulk of the $35,000 purchase will support youth contests, scholarships, FFA and 4-H.

“We have one of the biggest 4-H and FFA shows in the country, and the opportunity for us to support our young people through their projects is something we believe in and want to do,” Fisher said.

Kimley and her family, from Clark County, enjoyed the celebration with friends, neighbors and representatives from the three purchasing organizations.

The event celebrated all of Ohio’s agricultural youth and also was a fundraising opportunity for the Animals for Life Foundation, which works to increase public acceptance and understanding of human-animal interdependence.

“Together, we chose to hold the fundraiser at the event because it’s all about animal care and animal welfare, and Bob Evans has been a strong supporter of the Foundation,” Fisher said.Photo by Dave Liggett

Lynn Snyder 

Lynn Snyder is senior director of communications for Ohio Farm Bureau.

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