(SEDALIA, Mo.) – Austin Boland, son of David and Rene Boland, is the exhibitor of the 2015 Grand Champion Market Barrow at the Missouri State Fair.  Austin is from Sweet Springs, MO, and is a member of the Sweet Springs FFA Chapter. Austin’s prize-winning Crossbred barrow weighed 273 pounds.

The Reserve Grand Champion Market Barrow honor went to Kaycee Vandiver of McFall, MO. She is the daughter of Jerad and Vicki Vandiver and is member of the Michelville 4-H Club. Kaycee’s Crossbred barrow weighed 275 pounds.

On Aug. 22, both Austin and Kaycee will sell their barrows 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. 22, in the Lowell Mohler Assembly Hall. The entire auction will be broadcast live on Live Auctions.TV and complete coverage will also be available at kmmo.com and krlicountry.com.

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 and one $5,000 platinum scholarship were awarded to youth across Missouri. Since 1992, 506 Missouri youth have received more than $450,000 in scholarships.

“Missouri Youth in Agriculture supporters deserve the credit for the success of the Sale,” said Wayne Yokley, Chairman of the YIA Committee, and Superintendent of the Sale of Champions.  “Their donations help ensure we are able to continue supporting our young people as they grow in agriculture and pursue higher education.”

A complete listing of the 2014 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 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 2015 Missouri State Fair, themed “Show Offs Welcome,” is currently underway through Aug. 23 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).

(Courtesy of Missouri State Fair Marketing Department)