Ham weighs 17.38 pounds
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Aug. 25, 2016) — The grand champion ham at the 53rd Annual Kentucky Farm Bureau Country Ham Breakfast today at the Kentucky State Fair weighed a whopping 17.38 pounds and brought in a $600,000 charitable bid from Central Bank. The ham was produced by Broadbent B & B Foods of Kuttawa.
“For 53 years, the Kentucky Farm Bureau has provided a platform that encourages philanthropy across the commonwealth,” said Luther Deaton, Jr., Chairman, President & CEO of Central Bank. “Every day, the people of our business work to give back to their own communities, and we look forward to donating our bid today to deserving Kentucky charities. Rarely do you find an event that simultaneously showcases the best of Kentucky agriculture and charitable giving. We are proud to be a part of this historic event.”
Proceeds will be donated to several charities and organizations, including University of Kentucky Athletics, Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky, University of Kentucky Hospital, God’s Pantry Food Bank, Sunrise Children’s Services and Kentucky Community and Technical College.
The sellout crowd of 1,600 people were served a Kentucky Proud Breakfast as they listened to speeches from top elected officials, including Gov. Matt Bevin, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Sen. Rand Paul, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. Miss Kentucky 2016, Laura Jones, displayed the prized ham for the breakfast guests.
Since the Kentucky Farm Bureau Country Ham Breakfast began in 1964, the event has raised nearly $10 million for local charities and nonprofit organizations.