12-year-old girl sells steer for $100,000
12-year-old girl sells steer for $100,000 Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn congratulates Shaelye Varneron on her grand champion steer (AP photo / ThinkStock)
12-year-old girl sells steer for $100,000
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A 12-year-old girl needs a bigger piggy bank.

Shaelye Varner showed the grand champion steer at the Illinois State Fair, then sold it at auction for a whopping $100,000. That shattered last year's fair record of $62,000.

Large companies like AT&T, Monsanto and DeKalb Asgrow combined to bid for Varner's steer.

Fair officials say $100,000 would have bought almost every animal in the sale of champions just four years ago.

This year, the auction netted more than $260,000 for the kids who raised the animals, as well as the 4-H and Future Farmers of America programs. Each receives 10 percent of the proceeds.

Shaelye says she's been showing since she was 5 years old. She plans to save her money and use it for a future career in livestock.

According to The State Journal-Register newspaper of Springfield, Shaelye wore a huge smile Tuesday evening.

WGN radio personality and 53-year Illinois State Fair fixture Orion Samuelson even halted the auction when potential buyers ran up bids of $94,000 for Varners champion steer. He wanted to ask her how she felt.

Samuelson also urged the crowd not to applaud. That's because Varners 1,330-pound steer, named Ted, gets skittish in large crowds.

Varner said that even though she knew her steer was good, she was surprised it was a Grand Champion worth $100,000.

I havent won this big of a show before, she said.

Critical thinking challenge: Why was the crowd asked to be quiet?

Source URL: https://www.tweentribune.com/article/tween56/12-year-old-girl-sells-steer-100000/

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COMMENTS (82)
  • madisonm-Sch
    8/20/2014 - 01:52 p.m.

    I think it was a good thing to have the crowd be quiet so that way her calf doesn't spook. If the calf got spooked then people couldn't look at the calf to see how well the calf filled out.

  • roannp-Sch
    8/20/2014 - 01:54 p.m.

    I think $100,000 is to much for a cow. In my opinion they aren't worth $1000. I don't understand how people find it fun to walk around in circles pulling a cow.

    • jordanrz-Sta
      8/22/2014 - 10:29 a.m.

      wow,I read the girl sells her steer for $100,000 dollars and I wonder what she with her money.I hope she does something cool with her money.

  • adisunf-Men
    8/20/2014 - 03:29 p.m.

    Wow that,s a lot of money! I'll bet she had to work really hard to take care of that cow. I wonder what she will do with all that money?

  • josiahdiaz7
    8/21/2014 - 03:06 p.m.

    i would not buy a cow for that much because i think its a watse of money to just buy a cow for that much and just think its a waste

  • ericam-Sta
    8/22/2014 - 10:32 a.m.

    Wow that is amazing!! And i never have seen or heard of a steer so that is really cool! i never been to an auction before it would be cool to go.

  • ShelbyR-Moo
    8/22/2014 - 10:34 a.m.

    I think it was smart of her to start saving the prize money. That can help not only with like she said, in her future career in livestock, but also with saving for college. I would be just as surprised if I had gotten that much money out of it. Especially if I was like her and had never gotten that much.

  • ZackaryWo-Moo
    8/22/2014 - 10:40 a.m.

    The steer is very skittish around large crowds and loud people. Witch means he will be nervous and want to kick. I show shorthorn cattle they are more relaxed. When I was younger we had a bull that would charge at you. Then my dad shipped him out cause he charged at me.

  • JamieE-Moo
    8/22/2014 - 11:55 a.m.

    The Grand Champion steer was sold for $100,000 maybe because that guy that bought it was wanting a Champion steer or he wanted to give it to his kid and he could show it. The girl was probably happy because she won that much money and broke the record.

  • HayleA-Moo
    8/22/2014 - 12:01 p.m.

    This is amazing! I never seen a steer sell for that much money. She does need a bigger piggy bank after selling the steer for that much.

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