Area Youth Were Part Of The State Fair Sale Of Champions
The Missouri State Fair Sale of Champions is one of the final events of the fair each year. The sale raised a total of $256,825 for Youth in Agriculture. This sale broke several records. For the local youth involved in the sale of champions:
Hadley Coats, the son of Shawn and Nichole Coats of Braymer, exhibited the Grand Champion Pen of Rabbits. He is a member of the Braymer FFA Chapter. His New Zealand rabbits weighed an average of 4.7 pounds and were purchased for $2,500 by Ribus Inc., Dr. Long, and MFA Incorporated, along with additional funds from Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters. The record-breaking total sale value of the Grand Champion Pen of Rabbits was $6,344.66.
Connor Keithley, son of Chad and Betsy Keithley of Chillicothe, showed the Reserve Grand Champion Barrow. Connor is a member of the Chillicothe FFA Chapter. His 264-pound crossbred barrow was purchased for $7,500 by Climate Field View. Additional funds were provided by Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters resulting in a record-breaking total sale value of $46,946.63.
Rylee Anderson, daughter of Brad and Lori Anderson of Chillicothe, exhibited the Reserve Grand Champion Meat Goat. She is a member of the Chillicothe FFA Chapter. Her goat weighed 88 pounds and sold for $3,000 to Edward Jones. Additional funds from Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters resulted in a record-breaking total sale value of $15,012.08.
The Grand Champion Bacon, exhibited by Grant Owen of Carrollton, was purchased by MFA Incorporated for $1,600 and was donated to the Missouri 4-H Foundation.
Proceeds from the Sale of Champions go to the sale exhibitors and are used to award Missouri State Fair Youth in Agriculture scholarships.