Sydney Hartless, daughter of Bob and Belinda Hartless, is the exhibitor of the 2015 Grand Champion Pen of Rabbits at the Missouri State Fair. Hartless is from Carthage and a member of the Forest Mill Friends 4-H Club. Her prize-winning New Zealand rabbits weighed an average of 4.81 pounds.
The Reserve Grand Champion Pen of Rabbits honor went to Ty Eversole, of Rocheport. He is the son of Dave and Stacia Eversole and is a member of the Woodlandville 4-H Club. His New Zealand rabbits weighed an average of 4.81 pounds.
On Saturday, both Hartless and Eversole will sell their rabbits 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.
The 2015 Missouri State Fair, themed “Show Offs Welcome,” is underway through Sunday 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).
Release courtesy of Missouri State Fair