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This Kentucky Ham Just Sold for $2 Million

Who would pay $2 million for a country ham?

Republic Bank and Hermitage Farms, that’s who.

The pair, in conjunction with Bridgeman Foods, split the cost for the blue-ribbon winning ham during the 51st annual Kentucky Country Ham Breakfast and Auction at the Kentucky State Fair this morning. The breakfast/auction, sponsored by the Kentucky Farm Bureau, is one of the signature events of the fair and celebrates the longstanding tradition of showcasing top-quality country hams.

The ham – all 15.89 pounds of it – was raised by Broadbent B&B Foods. With today’s bid, the cost per pound ended up being $125,865. As in the past, proceeds go to charities designated by the winning bidders.

The Kuttawa-based producer has won the blue ribbon 16 times since its inception in 1964. Today’s bid makes it the seventh time that Republic Bank has had the winning bid. All told, the country ham breakfast and auction has raised more than $8.85 million for charities.

In addition to the headline-grabbing auction, the annual breakfast fed a sellout crowd with more than 5,400 eggs, 400 gallons of milk, 30 gallons of sorghum, 20 gallons of honey and 450 pounds of country ham – all from Kentucky farmers.

The Kentucky State Fair continues through Aug. 24 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. For more information, click here.

Via KY Forward

Photo via Kentucky State Fair