Governor Jay Nixon and First Lady Georganne Nixon were the guests of honor at the 61st annual Governor’s Ham Breakfast on Thursday, Aug. 15, on the Missouri State Fairgrounds at the Director’s Tent. The breakfast, which drew about 800 people, celebrated Missouri agriculture while also raising funds for the Missouri State Fair Foundation’s scholarship program. The talented Baker Family provided musical entertainment for those attending the event.
Several Missouri youth will benefit from the proceeds raised from the 61st Annual Governor’s Ham Breakfast.
Gov. Jay Nixon addressed the near sell-out crowd, which included a number of distinguished guests, among them were Missouri Director of Agriculture Dr. Jon Hagler, U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Michael T. Scuse, state and local elected officials, the Missouri State Fair Commission, and numerous other agriculture leaders and fair supporters.
Auctioneer Bill Gratz led the time-honored auction of the champion hams and bacon, and commemorative belt buckle, raising a total of $24,900. The Missouri State Fair Foundation, sponsor of the morning’s event, will use proceeds from the auction to provide scholarships to youth pursuing higher education in the field of agriculture.
The auction began with the Grand Champion Ham, exhibited by Alainya Schuster of Versailles. The ham was purchased by Starline Brass for $10,000 and was donated to the Missouri 4-H Foundation.
The Reserve Grand Champion Ham, exhibited by Quynten Cary of California, went to Ditzfeld Transfer, Inc. and Murphy Brothers Exposition for $4,600. This ham was also donated to Missouri 4-H Foundation. Starline Brass purchased the Grand Champion Bacon, exhibited by Brooke Reynolds of Moberly, for $5,100, donating the bacon to Missouri FFA. Kansas City Power and Light was the buyer of the commemorative belt buckle that sold for $5,200.
Proceeds from last year’s event funded six $1,000 scholarships for youth pursuing higher education in the field of agriculture.
A variety of events are still scheduled for the final weekend of the Missouri State Fair, including two Pepsi Grandstand concerts: Toby Keith presented by Ford F-series, with Kelsey K, Friday, Aug. 16; and Three Days Grace with Hinder, Saturday, Aug. 17.
The Missouri State Fair themed “Chicks Dig It!”, is underway through Aug. 18 in Sedalia. For more information visit www.mostatefair.com , follow the Fair on Facebook and Twitter, or call 1-800-422-FAIR (3247). Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia News Journal.