Optimism Flows From Dairy Barns As State Fair Concludes

Four days of dairy cattle contests helped to conclude the 121st Missouri State Fair, culminating in the Supreme Dairy Cattle Drive on Sunday afternoon.  Dairy superintendent Amy Jo Estes says the fair saw the return of entries from out of state, highlighting the quality of competition.

Estes adds that even with challenging times continuing to face dairy producers, participation in several contests was higher, especially in the 4-H and FFA contests.

Sunday’s Supreme Dairy Cattle Drive was won by Garrett Grimm of Aurora, with his Brown Swiss named Dynamite Charity.  Colton Kleiboeker of Mount Vernon won reserve with his Holstein cow named Mind Blown Analyst Destiny Red.  Kleiboeker also won the FFA Showmanship contest and will represent Missouri in the National Dairy Cattle Handlers Contest during the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis this October.