TORONTO, Nov. 28, 2014 /CNW/ - The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair recently wrapped up its 92nd season of agricultural fun and competitions including its famous Queen's Guineas Show and Sale.
This year, Ryan Scott of Brant County took home the top prize in the Queen's Guineas competition and earned the first spot in the sales ring for the 2014 Queen's Guineas auction later that night. His steer, High Hopes, was purchased by Cargill for $11,440. Cargill was one of the biggest supporters of the youth participants in the competition as top buyer in the 2014 Queen's Guinea sale, followed by Macneil Farms and Premier Farm Equipment.
The Queen's Guineas is now in its 68th year of operation, making it the longest running youth competition at The Royal. The competition first took shape when money was released from a grant given to the Province of Ontario in 1946 by the Prince of Wales. From this money, a new competition and prize called the King's Guineas was created at The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. In 1952, when Elizabeth II came to the throne, the competition was renamed as the Queen's Guineas.
"The Queen's Guineas is one of The Royal's most storied competitions, with many past competitors who still carry fond memories of their own days as a competitor," said Peter Hohenadel, Director of Agriculture & Food at The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. "Every spring, 4-H club members diligently select a steer or market heifer to present at The Royal. These 4-H members spend a tremendous amount of time grooming, training and feeding the animal over the next few months to win the Grand Champion ribbon and the first spot up on the sale roster."
Year after year, many companies attend The Royal specifically to support today's youth in agriculture by purchasing a steer in a sale that is steeped in tradition, high in emotion and full of impact. Exhibitors in the Queen's Guineas are certain to become leaders in tomorrow's agriculture sector, and will be key to ensuring safe, high-quality food remains a Canadian priority.
About The Royal:
The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is the world's largest combined indoor agricultural and equestrian show. This year, The 92nd Royal Agricultural Winter Fair ran from November 7-16, 2014, in the Direct Energy Centre and Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto. For competition schedules, webcasts and results, please visit www.royalfair.org.
SOURCE: Royal Agricultural Winter Fair
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