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Since 1964, an auction taking place at the Kentucky State Fair has sold what it calls a “grand champion ham” for charity. Last week, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal, a nearly 19-pound country ham was sold... for $2.8 million. Two. Point. Eight. Million. Dollars!

This year’s ham comes from Broadbent’s—which, I’m no ham expert, but I’ve heard of Broadbent’s and its reputation precedes it. It’s safe to say the street value of the 18.77-pound ham is not actually $2.8 million, and that the over-pay is mostly to benefit organizations—in this case, 4H and the agricultural education group FFA. The co-winners this year, according to the Courier-Journal, were a doctor and a CEO of a Kentucky-based bank.


The auction was part of the Kentucky Farm Bureau Country Ham Breakfast and Charity Auction, which I’m terribly sad to not know existed until today.

Kevin Pang was the founder and editor-in-chief of The Takeout, and director of the documentary For Grace on Netflix.

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