SEDALIA, Mo. – Payton Rodgers, daughter of Blaine and Melissa Rodgers, is the exhibitor of the 2021 Grand Champion Market Steer at the Missouri State Fair. Payton is from Savannah, and is a member of the Kodiak Kadets 4-H Club. Payton’s prize-winning crossbred steer weighed 1305 pounds.
The Reserve Grand Champion Market Steer honor went to Lucas Leefers of Edgerton. He is the son of Doyle and Kristen Leefers and is a member of the Hoover Heroes 4-H Club. Lucas’s market crossbred steer weighed 1330 pounds.
On Aug. 21, both Payton and Lucas will sell their market steers in two of 16 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, administered by the Missouri State Fair Foundation.
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, along with the Grand and Reserve Grand Champion Hams and Bacons. The Sale will be held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 21, 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 midvid.com. Updates and interviews will be available on KMZU the Farm, 100.7. FM. The auction will also be live on the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s Facebook page and live online bidding will be available via LiveAuctions.tv . For more information regarding online bidding please visit the State Fair website.
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 Nobbe Partners/Sydenstricker Genetics, four supreme $2,500 scholarships, sponsored by the Missouri State Fair Foundation and one $5,000 platinum scholarship offered by YIA supporters were awarded to youth across Missouri. Since 1992, the YIA committee has awarded $797,500 in scholarships.
A complete listing of the 2020 YIA sponsors is available on the Fair’s website. A listing of the 2021 sponsors will be posted soon. Anyone interested in becoming a sponsor this year, or receiving more information about sponsorship, can visit the Fair’s website, or contact Chuck Miller at 573-881-3589, Rodney Heimer at 217-257-6182, Sharon Topliff at 573-353-0543 or Mike Williams at 816-797-5450.
—Missouri State Fair