I tell people how strong I am all the time, but it wasn’t until I had to hold a 6,000 pound ham (that they somehow said weighed 16 pounds) for a good 15 minutes, running back and forth from bidder to bidder pleading my case of why they should pay thousands of dollars for a country ham that I proved my strength. And despite my inability to move the next morning, it was well worth it. The ham went for triple what it has ever sold for before…a new record of $1.3 MILLION DOLLARS. Intense. All the money raised went to charity. Oh yeah, this was Thursday at the state fair during the annual Farm Bureau Country Ham Breakfast. Onlookers waiting for me to fall on my face included Senator Mitch McConnell, Governor Steve Beshear, my best friend Commissioner Richie Farmer, Lt Gov Mongiardo, Trey Grayson, Jack Conway, mayors, senators, house members, etc, and my favorite Miss America, Heather French Henry, her husband Steve, and their spitfire little girls. I was so proud to be a part of this spectacle as I can officially add both ‘ham displayer’ and ‘professional briber’ to my resume, but most importantly to have been a part of raising over a million dollars for charities in our state. Recession Schmesshion…in Kentucky we know when to spend money…when it’s for other people.