Reno County’s Yaggy Plantation sold at auction last week to TV executive Craig Piligian and his actress/dancer wife Lucinda Piligian, who grew up in Hutchinson, for $5.3 million.
Piligian is the CEO of Pilgrim Films & Television and best known for creating the “Ultimate Fighter,” “American Chopper” and “Dirty Jobs” series for Discovery Channel. In 2001, he won an Emmy Award as co-executive producer of :Survivor.”
The 1,260-acre property was once the largest shipping point for fruit between the Missouri River and California. At one time it had as many as 50,000 apple trees and a million catalpa trees, which were sold for fence posts and railroad ties. It has two houses on the property.
"You seldom see that much acreage along the river," said Scott Shuman of Hall and Hall Auctions.