The Governor and first Lady of Missouri hosted a ham breakfast at the Missouri State Fair on Thursday. Director of Agriculture Dr. Jon Hagler introduced Governor Jay Nixon to the crowd  calling him “agriculture’s governor”. Click to hear Governor Nixon’s speech:

Governor Nixon

More than 1200 people were in attendance for the event including Missouri lawmakers, state fair officials, and political candidates.

“Our state fair is a celebration of Missouri’s agriculture, a celebration of our proud heritage, and, at the same time, a focus on our tremendous potential,”said Nixon,”Missouri’s an agriculture state and we’ve always been that way.  Our farmers and producers heat, fuel, and clothe the world.”

Governor Nixon also used the opportunity to commend farmers and livestock producers for their efforts during the current drought and outlined steps being taken by his emergency management team to assist those being affected by the conditions.

Prior to the Governor’s address, an auction was held for the sale of the State Fair champion hams and bacon, as well as a commemorative belt buckle.

The Grand Champion Ham was shown by Quynten Cary and was purchased by Murphy Brothers Exposition and Ditzfeld Transfer, Inc. for $10,000.  Six year old Quynten is from California, Missouri.  His brother, Clinton Cary, sold a ham at the same event in 1993 for a record price of $13,000.  His is the son of Charley Cary and Deborah West.  Click to hear KMZU’s Kristie Cross talk to Quynten following the auction:

Quynten Cary

The Reserve Grand Champion Ham was shown by Quynten’s cousin, Wyatt Stafford, 6, of Versailles.  His ham sold for $3,500 to Starline Brass. Click to hear Wyatt’s reaction after watching his ham sell:

Wyatt Stafford

The Grand Champion bacon was also purchased by Starline Brass in the amount of $6000.  The bacon was shown by Jennifer Witthaus of Jonesburg.

Following the sale of the pork, a commemorative belt buckle was placed up for auction. After a great deal of bidding, Kansas City Power and Light received the item for $3200.  Funds from the sale of all these items were donated to the Missouri 4-H Foundation.

Press Release:

More than 1,200 people attended the 60th Annual Governor’s Ham Breakfast yesterday, Aug. 16, in the Director’s Tent on the fairgrounds in Sedalia.

Gov. Jay Nixon addressed the guests, which included Director of Agriculture Dr. Jon Hagler, several state and local elected officials, Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe, the State Fair Commission and many other agriculture leaders and State Fair supporters.

Auctioneer Dick Hutchison led the morning’s sale, which included the State Fair champion hams and bacon, and a commemorative belt buckle, raising a total of $22,700. Proceeds from the auction and breakfast will support Missouri State Fair projects, including youth scholarships.

The auction began with the Grand Champion Ham exhibited by Quynten Cary of California. The ham was purchased by Murphy Brothers Exposition & Ditzfeld Transfer, Inc. for $10,000 and was donated to the Missouri 4-H Foundation.

The Reserve Grand Champion Ham exhibited by Wyatt Stafford of Versailles, went to Starline Brass for $3,500 and was then donated to Missouri FFA. Starline Brass also purchased the Grand Champion Bacon exhibited by Jennifer Witthaus of Jonesburg, for $6,000 and then donated it to the Missouri 4-H Foundation. Kansas City Power and Light was the buyer of the commemorative belt buckle that sold for $3,200.

A variety of events are still scheduled for the Missouri State Fair, including tonight’s Pepsi Grandstand show at 7:30 p.m., featuring Larry the Cable Guy and Reno Collier. Hank Williams Jr.’s Taking Back the Country tour with special guest star George Thorogood and the Destroyers will be Saturday, Aug. 18 in the grandstand, followed by Lucas Oil MLRA Late Models, ASCS Warrior Region 360 Sprints and Modifieds Sunday, Aug. 19.

The 2012 Missouri State Fair is currently underway in Sedalia and will run through Sunday, August 19. For more information about prices, promotions, or entertainment at this year’s fair, visit www.mostatefair.com or call the fair office at 1-800-422-FAIR.