Stetson Wiss, son of Brooke and Casey Wiss, is the exhibitor of the 2014 Grand Champion Market Steer at the Missouri State Fair. Stetson is from Lamar, and a member of the Learn-A-Do 4-H Club. Stetson’s prize-winning Crossbred steer, named “Ricky,” weighed 1,325 pounds.
The Reserve Grand Champion Market Steer honor went to the Riley Family, exhibited by Grace Riley, from Pleasant Hill, and a member of the Pleasant Hill FFA. She is the daughter of Tim and April Riley. Grace’s Crossbred steer, named “Knight,” weighed 1,280 pounds.
On Aug. 16, both Stetson Wiss and Grace Riley will sell their steers 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 Foundation YIA Scholarship Program.
Many livestock exhibitors will work toward earning a place in the ring at the time-honored Sale of Champions Auction. Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Steers, Barrows, Lambs, Meat Goats, Pens of Chickens and Pens of Rabbits will be featured in the auction, which will be held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 16, in the Lowell Mohler Assembly Hall. The auction will be broadcast live by KMMO radio on their AM station and online, and on Live Auctions TV. KMZU radio will also provide live remote broadcast reports during the sale.
Through the generous support of YIA sponsors and the Missouri State Fair Foundation, the Missouri State Fair is able to award scholarships each year to Missouri youth pursuing a degree in an agriculture-related field. Last year there were thirty-seven $1,000 scholarships and one supreme $2,500 scholarship awarded to youth across Missouri. Since 1992, 474 Missouri youth have received more than $400,500 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 2013 YIA Sponsors www.mostatefair.com/youth-in-agriculture 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 2014 Missouri State Fair, themed “Harvest the Fun,” is currently underway through Aug. 17 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).