(SEDALIA, Mo.) —— Ty Coats, of Braymer and the son of Shawn Coats and Valerie Ford, is the exhibitor of the 2011 Grand Champion Pen of Rabbits at the Missouri State Fair. His rabbits weighed 4.4, 4.6 and 4.6 pounds. He is a member of the Braymer FFA Chapter.
The Reserve Grand Champion Pen of Rabbits honor went to Ty’s sister, Codi Coats, daughter of Shawn Coats and Valerie Ford from Braymer. Her rabbits weighed 4.5, 4.6 and 4.6 pounds. She is a member of the Braymer FFA Chapter.
On Aug. 20, Ty’s and Codi’s rabbits 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 2011 Missouri State Fair is currently underway in Sedalia and will continue through Sunday, Aug. 21.