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Tennessee State Fair junior livestock auction raises money for area youth
Harris Teeter purchased $10,663 in livestock and the money goes back in the pockets of the young winners.

Junior livestock exhibitors took home a total of $10,663 dollars at the Tennessee State Fair Junior Livestock Auction, Tuesday, July 12th.  Harris Teeter placed the winning bids on both the grand and reserve champion steers.


Mallorie Blankenship, exhibitor, poses with grand champion steer, Biscut and Harris Teeter vice president of meat merchandising and operations, Luke LaPerriere

Harris Teeter is proud to support the sale of champions at the junior livestock expo.  “All the money raised goes right back to the children showing these animals, rewards them for their hard work and perseverance, and helps toward their future education, that’s exactly why Harris Teeter is here today,” said Fred Morganthall, President of Harris Teeter.


The grand champion steer, shown by Mallorie Blankenship of Williamson county, TN brought $4,480 at the auction, the reserve champion steer, raised by Courtney Harvey of Claiborne county, TN brought in $4,091. The champion steer weighed 1,280 pounds and the reserve champion weighed in at 1,259 pounds.

Luke LaParriere, vice president of meat merchandising and operations for Harris Teeter poses with Courtney Harvey and the reserve grand champion steer.

Harris Teeter is committed to helping eliminate hunger in the communities we serve. All the protein from the livestock auction will be donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. "Harris Teeter and their gift of high-quality protein from the State Fair wins the blue ribbon. On behalf of nearly 400,000 low-income children, working poor, and elderly in our region, thank you," said Susannah Shumate, VP of Development and Public Relations for Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee.