Illinois State Fair Pits Governor vs Country Musician for Prized Steer

August 19, 2015 01:49 PM

The governor of Illinois outbid a country music star for a grand champion steer named after the musician.

During the Illinois State Fair’s Sale of Champions, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner bought a grand champion steer named Scotty for a record price of $61,000. To make things even more interesting Rauner’s opponent in Tuesday’s auction was country musician Scotty McCreery, who the steer was named after.

According to The State Journal-Register, McCreery was at the fair to perform that evening with Rascal Flatts the grandstands and he didn’t want to miss out on the chance to get in on the action. The musician even went to social media to share the event with his fans:


What can I say? Singing tonight at the Illinois State Fair and find out there's a grand champion steer named "Scotty...

Posted by Scotty McCreery on Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Scotty the steer was exhibited by Taylor Donelson, 19, of Clinton, Ill., who was able to coax an additional $1,000 out of Gov. Rauner after he had already landed the winning bid to help break the record set last year. Rauner and his wife, Diana, purchased last year’s champion steer.

Donelson will receive 80 percent of the sale proceeds, while the remaining money will be split evenly between the Illinois 4-H Foundation and the Illinois Future Farmers of America Foundation. Rauner will have meat from the 1,320-lb. Hereford steer donated to the University of Illinois.

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