(SEDALIA, Mo.) –Hannah Viets, daughter of Mike and Brenda Viets, is the exhibitor of the 2016 Grand Champion Meat Goat at the Missouri State Fair. Hannah is from Sweet Springs and is a member of the Kennedy 4-H Club. Hannah’s prize-winning Boer goat weighed 76 pounds.
The Reserve Grand Champion Meat Goat honor went to Brylee Williams of Princeton. She is the daughter of Bryan and Joni Williams and is a member of the Mid-River 4-H Club. Brylee’s Boer goat weighed 93 pounds.
On Aug. 20, both Hannah and Brylee will sell their meat goats in two of 12 lots offered in the Missouri State Fair Sale of Champions. Proceeds from the annual sale benefit both the winning exhibitors and the Missouri State Fair Foundation Youth in Agriculture (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. 20, in the Lowell Mohler Assembly Hall.
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, thirty $1,500 scholarships, one supreme $2,500 scholarship, sponsored by Sydenstricker John Deere of Missouri/Sydenstricker Angus Genetics, and one $5,000 platinum scholarship offered by YIA supporters were awarded to youth across Missouri. Since 1992, the YIA committee has awarded 538 scholarships totaling $505,500.
A complete listing of the 2015 YIA sponsors is available on the Fair’s website. A listing of the 2015 sponsors will be posted soon. Anyone interested in becoming a sponsor this year, or receiving more information about sponsorship, can visit www.mostatefair.com/competitions/youth-in-agriculture, or contact Wayne 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 2016 Missouri State Fair, themed “See What Crops Up,” is currently underway through Aug. 21 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).