Grand/Reserve Grand Champion Market Barrows & Ham/Bacon Auction Results


August 15, 2020

Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Market Barrows Announced

(SEDALIA, Mo.) – Payton Rodgers, daughter of Blaine and Melissa Rodgers, is the exhibitor of the 2020 Grand Champion Barrow at the Missouri State Fair Youth Livestock Show. Payton is from Savannah, and is a member of the Kodiak Kadettes 4-H Club. Payton’s prize-winning Barrow weighed 289 pounds.

The Reserve Grand Champion Barrow honor went to Connor Keithley of Chillicothe. He is the son of Chad and Betsy Keithley and is a member of the Chillicothe FFA Chapter. Connor’s Barrow weighed 292 pounds.

On Saturday, Aug. 22, both Payton Rodgers and Connor Keithley will sell their Barrows in two of eleven 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 a Commemorative Sale of Champions Belt Buckle will be featured in the auction, which will be held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 22, in the Lowell Mohler Assembly Hall. The entire auction will be broadcast live by KMMO radio online and video streamed live by Carter Media at Updates and interviews can be found on KMZU the Farm, 100.7FM. Virtual opportunities are also available to watch/participate. The Missouri Department of Agriculture will broadcast the auction live on their Facebook page and will broadcast it with online bidding. Find out how to set up an account on our website or

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, twenty-five $1,500 scholarships, one supreme $2,500 scholarship, sponsored by Sydenstricker Nobbe Partners/Sydenstricker Genetics, and one $5,000 platinum scholarship offered by YIA supporters were awarded to youth across Missouri. Since 1992, the YIA committee has awarded $729,000 in scholarships.

A complete listing of the 2019 YIA sponsors is available on the Fair’s website. A listing of the 2020 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.


Ham and Bacon Auction Results

Youth exhibitors of the Grand and Reserve Grand Champion Hams and Bacons were in the spotlight on Friday, Aug 14 in the Swine Barn during the auction of their award-winning entries.

Trey Porter of California was the exhibitor of the Grand Champion Ham. The ham was purchased by Evergy for $3,100.

The Reserve Champion Ham, exhibited by Reagan Limbach of Eldon, sold for $2,800 to the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council.

Ruby Schmidt of Carrollton exhibited the Grand Champion Bacon. It was purchased Rhonda Ahern, Premier Realty Group of Sedalia for $1,300.

The Reserve Champion Bacon, exhibited by Maggie Cummins of Paris, sold for $1,400 to Monroe County Young Farmers; Wade Feeds; Paris FFA; BASF; Nutrien; Kevin and Marilyn O’Bannon and Jared and Ashley Kendrick, Pioneer Seeds.

Funds raised at the auction totaled $8,600 and will be go toward exhibitor premiums and to help fund youth in agriculture scholarships and carcass show premiums.

Thank you to all the buyers who were there to support our youth ham and bacon exhibitors!

Sponsor Spotlight

Free Wi-Fi service is provided for attendees at the 2020 MSF Youth Livestock Show, courtesy of Otelco! Thank you, Otelco, for your continued partnership and excellent customer service to the Missouri State Fair and our attendees. We appreciate you! It’s partners like you that make our Fair so great each year.

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