Kristina Nadler, daughter of Lowell Nadler, is the exhibitor of the 2013 Grand Champion Meat Pen of Rabbits at the Missouri State Fair. Kristina is a member of the Pauldingville 4-H Club in New Melle. Her prize-winning Californian rabbits weighed an average of 4.6 pounds.
The Reserve Grand Champion Meat Pen of Rabbits honor went to Jullian Alkire, daughter of Jim and Jayne Alkire. Her Californian rabbits weighed an average of 4.6 pounds. Jullian is a member of the Busy Bees 4-H Club in Dawn.
On Aug. 17, both Kristina Nadler and Jullian Alkire will sell their meat pens of rabbits 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 $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 underway through Aug. 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).