Reagan Rodgers, daughter of Blaine and Melissa Rodgers, is the exhibitor of the 2019 Grand Champion Market Lamb at the Missouri State Fair. Rodgers is from Savannah and is a member of the Kodiak Kadettes 4-H Club. Her 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. His Crossbred market lamb weighed 145 pounds.
On Aug. 17, both Rodgers and Dains 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 at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17 in the Lowell Mohler Assembly Hall.
Through the 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, forty $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.