LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Pork and politics have been served up at the Kentucky Country Ham Breakfast and Auction at the state fairgrounds in Louisville.
A sellout crowd of 1,600 watched the state fair's grand champion ham auctioned off for $350,000 at the annual event Thursday. The winning bid came from the Yum Foundation. The organization's manager, Angela Osting, said the money will go to the Louisville-based Fund For the Arts.
Osting says it was her first time at the event and she came away claiming the 13.3-pound slab of prized meat.
During the auction, Miss Kentucky carried the ham on a silver tray garnished with roses to give bidders a close look at the meat.
The crowd ate country ham biscuits and scrambled eggs and heard from the state's top political leaders.
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