Agriculture, politics and philanthropy take center stage at the 51st Kentucky Country Ham Breakfast & AuctionPosted on Aug 13, 2014
Mark Haney, President of KFB, will host the morning’s ceremonies. Guest speakers Governor Steve Beshear, Senator Mitch McConnell, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer will join Haney on center stage to share their insights on the political efforts required to keep agriculture thriving in our state and nation. Approximately 60 other local, state and national elected officials will also be in attendance for the breakfast.
Anticipating a sellout crowd of 1,600 attendees, KFB is once again preparing huge quantities of food – most of which is provided directly by Kentucky farmers. More than 5,400 eggs, 1,600 half-pints of milk, 30 gallons of sorghum, 20 gallons of honey, 6,400 oranges and 450 pounds of country ham will be served during the breakfast.
At the conclusion of the breakfast and guest speeches, the focus of this annual event shifts with much pageantry to a live auction of the state fair’s Grand Champion Ham. Miss Kentucky 2014, Ramsey Carpenter, will showcase the prize ham, garnished with roses and nestled on a silver platter, to the bidders while an auctioneer calls for charitable bids.
The 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 nearly $545,000. Last year’s $350,000 winning bid was the third highest offer ever from a single bidder, and the fourth highest bid in the auction’s 50-year history. Yum! Brands Foundation of Louisville bid on and won the 13.3-pound ham produced by Harper’s Country Hams of Clinton, Kentucky.
While such high bids understandably generate a lot of attention and excitement, they also come backed with good intentions. All the money raised from the ham auction is donated directly to the charity of the winning bidder’s choice. Through the 50-year history of the auction KFB has helped raise more than $6.8 million for local charities, educational institutions and philanthropic groups.
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