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State

12-year-old Illinois girl sells steer for $100K

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn congratulates Shaelye Varner, center, on her Grand Champion Steer during the Governor's Sale of Champions at the Illinois State Fair, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. A record $100,000-plus was bid for Varner's steer, which is named Ted because she thinks he is like a teddy bear.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn congratulates Shaelye Varner, center, on her Grand Champion Steer during the Governor's Sale of Champions at the Illinois State Fair, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. A record $100,000-plus was bid for Varner's steer, which is named Ted because she thinks he is like a teddy bear.

SPRINGFIELD — A 12-year-old Morris 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 — shattering last year's fair record of $62,000.

AT&T, Monsanto and DeKalb Asgrow combined to bid for Varner's crossbred 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, which each receive 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.

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