SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Mongo the steer may now be Mongo the steak, but it isn't too late to give the dethroned state fair champion its title back, a judge has ruled.
Officials ruled at last year's Illinois State Fair that Mongo's owners had given it banned medicine to treat a sore hoof. They stripped it of its ribbon and gave the title -- and the thousands of dollars it generates -- to the runner-up.
Mongo's owner, 14-year-old Whitney Gray, sued officials, accusing the state Agriculture Department of failing to follow its own procedures for publishing the rules for fair exhibitors.
In his decision, Sangamon County Circuit Judge Patrick Kelley agreed that the state failed to follow those procedures and ruled that the disqualification should be reversed.