Hoss’s CEO and founder, Willard E. “Bill” Campbell, purchased the grand champion lamb and the reserve grand champion steer at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show’s Sale of Champions in Harrisburg on Jan. 7. Campbell purchased the 139-pound lamb, raised by Hunter McMillen, of New Florence, for $6,000 and the 1,375-pound steer for $7,200.
Coincidentally, Campbell purchased Hunter’s father’s grand champion lamb 25 years ago, to the day, for $2,700. The steer was raised by Hunter Jay, of Bedford County.
Campbell owns 35 Hoss’s Family Steak and Sea House restaurants throughout Pennsylvania and West Virginia and five Marzoni’s Brick Oven & Brewing Companies in Pennsylvania. He bids on the animals to support the youth involved in the 4-H and FFA organizations. He and his wife, Nancy, attend many of the livestock sales at the county fairs throughout the year.
A former member of FFA, Campbell said he looks forward to attending the auctions to support the youth and to give something back to organizations that benefit deserving individuals.