Prize ham expected to fetch big bucks next week

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Farm Bureau's annual country ham breakfast will bring together some of the state's biggest names in politics next week in Louisville.

Gov. Steve Beshear is scheduled to be there, as are U.S. Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, but the star of the show will be a champion country ham that will be auctioned off as a fundraiser for charity.

Last year's prize ham fetched $600,000. The breakfast, set to begin Thursday at 7:30 a.m. EDT, is expected to draw some 1,600 people who will consume 5,400 eggs, 30 gallons of sorghum, 20 gallons of honey, 1,600 servings of milk, 6,400 oranges and 450 pounds of country ham.

Money raised from the ham auction is donated to the charity of the winning bidder's choice.

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