By Kyle Siegel
Close to 1,000 people were in attendance for the 62nd Annual Governor’s Ham Breakfast at the 2014 Missouri State Fair on Thursday, August 14. Several records were broken during the auctioning off of several items, including a commemorative belt buckle.
The 2014 Missouri Livestock Marketing Association Champion Auctioneer Aaron Cantrell led the auction, which saw a new record for the Reserve Grand Champion Ham. Bidding steadily climbed for the ham, which was exhibited by McKayla Stafford of Versailles, with the total reaching $7,200. The ham was purchased by Starline Brass. They donated it to the Missouri FFA.
Starline Brass also won the auction for the Grand Champion Bacon. The bacon, which was exhibited by Russelville Locker of Russelville, sold for $8,000. It was donated to the Missouri 4-H.
The Grand Champion Ham exhibited by Quynten Cary of California, Mo.,was purchased by Ditzfeld Container and Trash Service and Murphy Brothers Exposition for $7,500. It was then donated to the Missouri 4-H.
The 2014 Missouri State Fair Commemorative Belt Buckle auction set a new record with a bid of $10,500 from KCP&L and Missouri American Water. The total money raised from the auction reached $33,200. Proceeds from the auction and breakfast benefit Missouri State Fair projects, which include youth scholarships.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon was unable to attend the ham breakfast due to events taking place in Ferguson, Missouri. Former Senator Jim Mathewson was in attendance and emceed the event.
Several local politicians were in attendance. They included Mayor Steve Galliher, County Commissioner Jim Marcum, County Commissioner Brent Hampy, Presiding Commissioner John Meehan, Pettis County Clerk Nick La Strada, County Collector Marsha Boeschen, and many others.
Also in attendance were Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe and State Fair Foundation Chairman Bob Thompson.
Starline Brass buys champion ham for $7,200
By Kyle Siegel
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