Ham upstages politicians at annual Kentucky Farm Bureau Ham Breakfast


by Amy Stallings


Posted on August 21, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 22 at 7:55 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- It was a record breaking morning at the Kentucky State Fair Thursday at the annual Kentucky Farm Bureau Ham Breakfast as this year's grand champion ham went for a whopping $2,000,000.

Republic Bank & Hermitage Farms in conjunction with Bridgeman Foods bid $1,000,000 each, and will split the ham raised by Broadbent B&B Foods.

"What I feel good about is, this is the seventh time we've gotten it in the last 10 years, and I'm very proud to say that when we have participated the price goes way up. So that's a good thing. I love who we're sharing it with," Steve Trager, Republic Bank, said.

If you are keeping track, the ham weighs 15.89 lbs, which means the cost per pound is $125,865.

Trager said Republic Bank expects to spread its half of the donation among health care and education charities.

While the Hermitage Farm and Bridgeman Foods plans to share its one million with the same beneficiaries of their new Derby Eve gala. the even will help the West End School and several other causes.

The ham is only one part of the breakfast that has become the biggest political event in Kentucky - even more than Fancy Farm.

Plenty of Kentucky politicians were on hand to press the flesh and gather support.

WHAS11's Joe Arnold has more on the annual breakfast in the video player above.