(SEDALIA, Mo.) – Sara Gillum, daughter of Bradley Gillum and Lori O’Reilly from Unionville, is the exhibitor of the 2012 Grand Champion Meat Goat at the Missouri State Fair.  Her goat weighed 84 pounds. She is a member of the Unionville FFA Chapter.

The Reserve Grand Champion Meat Goat honor went to Gage Porter, son of Gary and Lori Porter of Mercer.  His goat weighed 83 pounds. He is a member of the Princeton FFA Chapter.

On Aug. 18, both meat goats will be two of 12 lots offered in the Youth in Agriculture Sale of Champions. Proceeds from the annual sale benefit both the winning exhibitors and the Missouri State Fair Youth in Agriculture Scholarship Program.

Because of the generous support of Youth in Agriculture sponsors, the Missouri State Fair is able to award scholarships to Missouri youth pursuing a degree in an agriculture-related field. Last year, thirty $1,000 scholarships and one supreme $2,500 scholarship were awarded to youth across the state.

To become a Missouri State Fair Youth in Agriculture supporter, contact Wayne Yokley at 573-690-8987 or Rodney Heimer at 573-393-2452.

Results and photographs of many of the competitions will be posted at www.mostatefair.com as they become available.

The 2012 Missouri State Fair is currently underway in Sedalia and will continue through Sunday, Aug. 19.