Record-Breaking Governor’s Ham Breakfast; Grand/Reserve Champion Market Rabbits


Published: August 16, 2018

66th Governor’s Ham Breakfast Sets Records to Benefit Missouri Youth

Bids were called and money was raised for youth today at the 66th Governor’s Ham Breakfast held in the Director’s Tent on the Missouri State Fairgrounds. Missouri Governor Mike Parson addressed the guests, which numbered more than 1,000.

Several other distinguished guests attended the Breakfast, including Missouri Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn, State Fair Director Mark Wolfe, State Fair Commissioners, State Fair Foundation members, state and local elected officials and numerous other agriculture leaders and Fair supporters. Former Senator Jim Mathewson emceed the event and Dick Hutchison auctioneered.

Hutchison led the time-honored auction of the champion hams and bacon and commemorative belt buckle.

The auction began with the Grand Champion Ham, exhibited by Sarah McCord of California, Mo., The ham was purchased by Starline Brass for a record price of $16,000 and was donated to Missouri 4-H.

The Reserve Grand Champion Ham, exhibited by Deb Cary of California, Mo., was purchased by Starline Brass and donated to Missouri FFA. The $10,000 purchase price also set a record.

The Grand Champion Bacon, exhibited by Country Meat Shop of Moberly, Mo, brought a record price of $9,000 from buyer Starline Brass.  Starline Brass donated the bacon to the local Boy Scout Troop that assists with the Cowboy Mounted Shooting event each year at the State Fair.

The commemorative belt buckle was purchased for $2,800 by Kansas City Power and Light.

The total amount raised from the auction equaled $37,800. The funds raised from the auction and breakfast will the support Missouri State Foundation for projects, including youth in agriculture scholarships and fairgrounds improvements.

There is still more to come for the 2018 Missouri State Fair’s final weekend including two Pepsi Grandstand concerts and a night of auto racing. The weekend’s first concert features Aaron Watson with Tim Montana performing on Friday, Aug. 17 and Cole Swindell with RaeLynn on Saturday, Aug. 18. The 2018 ASCS National Sprint Car and ULMA Late Model Races will close out the Fair starting with hot laps at 6 p.m. and heat races at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 19.

The 116th annual Missouri State Fair, themed “Come Home” is currently underway through Aug. 19 in Sedalia. For more information about this year’s fair, visit, follow the Missouri State Fair Facebook , Twitter and Instagram, or call 1-800-422-FAIR (3247).

Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Market Rabbits Announced

Alison Viehmann, daughter of James and Donna Viehmann, is the exhibitor of the 2018 Grand Champion Market Pen of Rabbits at the Missouri State Fair. Alison is from New Florence, and is a member of the Montgomery County R-II FFA Chapter. Alison’s prize-winning market pen of rabbits weighed an average of 5 pounds.

The Reserve Grand Champion Market Pen of Rabbits honor went to Brayden Gast of Nevada. He is the son of Bryan Gast and Michelle Branham and is a member of the Country Clovers 4-H Club. Brayden’s market pen of rabbits weighed an average of 5.2 pounds.

On Aug. 18, both Alison and Brayden will sell their market pen of rabbits 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 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. 18, in the Lowell Mohler Assembly Hall. The entire auction will be broadcast live by KMMO radio online; and by KRLI radio online and on their FM station 103.9FM; on KMZU radio online and live updates on their FM station 100.7FM.

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. Last year, thirty-four $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 606 scholarships totaling $616,500.

A complete listing of the 2017 YIA sponsors is available on the Fair’s website.  A listing of the 2018 sponsors will be posted soon.  Anyone interested in becoming a sponsor this year, or receiving more information about sponsorship, can visit, 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 2018 Missouri State Fair, themed “Come Home,” runs through Aug. 19 in Sedalia.  For more information about competitions and other events, visit, follow the Fair on Facebook and Twitter, or call 1-800-422-FAIR (3247).

See What’s Happening at the Fair

Be sure to check out our Facebook page to see what’s happening at the 2018 Missouri State Fair. We post daily schedules, events, and even go Facebook live multiple times a day, sponsored by Callis the marketing partner of the MSF. It’s a great way to keep up with what is going on days when you can’t be at the Fair.