Hannah Viets, daughter of Mike and Brenda Viets, is the exhibitor of the 2016 Grand Champion Meat Goat at the Missouri State Fair. Viets is from Sweet Springs, and is a member of the Kennedy 4-H Club. Her prize-winning Boer goat weighed 76 pounds.
The Reserve Grand Champion Meat Goat honor went to Brylee Williams, of Princeton. She is the daughter of Bryan and Joni Williams and is a member of the Mid-River 4-H Club. Her Boer goat weighed 93 pounds.
On Aug. 20, both Viets and Williams will sell their meat goats 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 at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 20 in the Lowell Mohler Assembly Hall.
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. Since 1992, the YIA committee has awarded 538 scholarships totaling $505,500.
Release courtesy of Missouri State Fair