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Champion ham fetches $1.6 million

LOUISVILLE — Start baking those biscuits and stirring that red-eye gravy. Two donors have pledged a record $1.6 million for Kentucky’s grand champion country ham.

That works out to about $100,000 a pound for 16 pounds of Kentucky’s favorite cured meat.

The auction is the highlight of the Kentucky Farm Bureau’s annual Kentucky Country Ham Breakfast at the state fair in Louisville.

This year’s winning ham was produced by Broadbent B&B Foods of Kuttawa in western Kentucky.

Bernard Trager, chairman of Republic Bank and Trust, and Dr. Mark Lynn & Associates, owner of Dr. Bizer’s Vision World, contributed $800,000 each Thursday for the ham.

The money and the meat will go to local charities.

The previous record of $1.3 million was set last year.


War planes star in museum redo

NEW ORLEANS — Bombers and torpedo planes will be the stars of the latest expansion of the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.

Construction of the $35 million addition will be formally announced Friday. One of Boeing’s most famous World War II aircraft, the B-17G Flying Fortress heavy bomber, will be a centerpiece of the new exhibit.

The new exhibit will be financed by a $20 million grant through the Department of Defense and $15 million given by the Boeing Co.

The museum was founded in 2000 as the National D-Day Museum and later was designated by Congress as America’s National World War II Museum. It is privately operated as a nonprofit museum.


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