Abbe Gibson, daughter of Jason and Lori Gibson, is the exhibitor of the 2013 Grand Champion Barrow at the Missouri State Fair. Abbe is a member of the North Harrison FFA Chapter in Eagleville. Her prize-winning Crossbred barrow weighed 268 pounds.
The Reserve Grand Champion Barrow honor went to Mackenzie Mawson, daughter of Rodney and Kay Mawson. Her Crossbred barrow weighed 266 pounds. Mackenzie is a member of the Archie Achievers 4-H Club in Archie.
On Aug. 17, both Abbe Gibson and Mackenzie Mawson will sell their barrows in two of 12 lots offered in the Youth in Agriculture (YIA) Sale of Champions. Proceeds from the annual sale benefit both the winning exhibitors and the Missouri State Fair YIA Scholarship Program.
Through the generous support of YIA sponsors, the Missouri State Fair is able to award scholarships to Missouri youth pursuing a degree in an agriculture-related field. Last year, thirty-six $1,000 scholarships and one supreme $2,500 scholarship were awarded to youth across Missouri. Since 1992, 436 Missouri youth have received more than $361,000 in scholarships.
“The success of the Sale is credited to the support from Missouri Youth in Agriculture sponsors,” said Wayne Yokley, Chairman of the YIA Committee, and Superintendent of the Sale of Champions. “Their donations help ensure we are able to continue supporting our young people as they grow in agriculture and pursue higher education.”
A complete listing of the 2012 YIA sponsors is available on the Fair’s website. Anyone interested in becoming a sponsor this year, or receiving more information about sponsorship, can visit www.moyouthinag.org, or contact Yokley at 573-690-8987, Rodney Heimer at 217-257-6182, Sharon Topliff at 573-353-0543 or Mike Williams at 816-797-5450.
The 2013 Missouri State Fair, themed “Chicks Dig It!,” is Aug.8-18 in Sedalia. For more information about competitions and other events, visit www.mostatefair.com, follow the Fair on Facebook and Twitter, or call 1-800-422-FAIR (3247).