I would’ve given anything to have been there as country ham flows freely through my veins.
At the first charity auction way back in 1963, the prize ham sold for $124. That would be the equivalent of $919 in 2013.
At the 50th event, the ham, donated by Harper’s Country Hams of Clinton, Kentucky, brought in $350,000. That’s over $26,000 per POUND! This was not just any ham either. It competed against hams from across the Commonwealth last week, and was dubbed Grand Champion of all hams at the Kentucky State Fair.
This grand champion ham, all 13+ pounds of it, will be feasted upon by Dare To Care, a Louisville Kentucky food bank created in 1969.
Yum! Brands submitted the winning bid of $350,000 which will be allocated to Fund For The Arts, USA’s oldest united arts fund.In 2010, the grand champion ham brought in $1.6 million dollars! That ham was supplied by the legendary Broadbent’s of Kuttawaw, Kentucky. Kentucky native and Ace contributing food writer RL Reeves Jr blogs at scrumptiouschef.com. His forthcoming book is Eat Like a Turk in Istanbul. This article also appears on page 12 of the September 12, 2013 print edition of Ace. Click to subscribe to the Ace e-dition (delivered to your inbox every Thursday), and read more Kentucky food and restaurant news. RELATED POSTS How to Prep and Cook a Country Ham 12.2012 RL Reeves Jr