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Top Market Lambs Announced at State Fair
Missouri Ag Connection - 08/13/2019

Reagan Rodgers, daughter of Blaine and Melissa Rodgers, is the exhibitor of the 2019 Grand Champion Market Lamb at the Missouri State Fair. Reagan is from Savannah, and is a member of the Kodiak Kadettes 4-H Club. Reagan's prize-winning Crossbred market lamb weighed 139 pounds.

The Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb honor went to Tayton Dains of Rockville. He is the son of Tyler McVay and Kalie Dains and is a member of the Hudson Hustlers 4-H Club. Taytons's Crossbred market lamb weighed 145 pounds.

On Aug. 17, both Reagan and Tayton will sell their market lambs 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. Aug. 17 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. The auction will also be live on the Missouri Department of Agriculture's Facebook page.

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, 40 $1,500 scholarships, one supreme $2,500 scholarship, sponsored by Sydenstricker John Deere/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 648 scholarships totaling $648,000.

A complete listing of the 2018 YIA sponsors is available on the Fair's website. A listing of the 2019 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.

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