The St. James FFA and 4-H will hold a market animal show and sale this Saturday despite the cancellation of this year’s Grape and Fall Festival. This year’s event will be held in the Rolla Horse Auction Barn in St. James and will be a great way to support FFA and 4-H kids.
“It’s a one-day event at the Rolla Horse Auction in St. James on north highway 68 that is taking the place of the Grape and Fall Festival market animal show and sale,” FFA advisor Whitney McWhorter said. “A huge thank you to the Geiler family for letting us use their facilities. It will be a busy day with weigh ins starting at 6 a.m.”
Hog weigh-in will run from 6 to 8 a.m., followed by goat and lamb weigh-in from 8 to 8:30 a.m., and, steer and replacement heifer weigh-in from 7 to 8 a.m., taking place at Snelson Farms. Those showing are asked to be in line at their designated start time. Animals will be penned immediately following weigh in. Steers and replacement heifers will report to the Horse Auction Barn following weigh in.
“We will have around 55 hogs, 12 steers, two goats, three lambs, and one replacement heifer exhibited by local 4-H club members and St. James FFA members. We invite any and all buyers and supporters to come join us to see all of the hard work that has been put into these animals projects by our local kids,” McWhorter said.
With the cancellation of the Grape and Fall Festival due to COVID-19 concerns, the FFA and 4-H teamed together to provide an opportunity for kids to show and sell their animals they have worked so hard at preparing for this year’s event. The market animal show will begin at 10 a.m. and run until 1 p.m. There will be a short intermission until 4 p.m. and the livestock awards show will begin at 4:30 p.m. The auction will begin at 5 p.m. The order of sales will be steers, lambs, goats, replacement heifer, and hogs.
“Despite our current situation, we expect a great crowd that will continue to offer great prices and support for our local youth in Ag,” McWhorter said.
There will be food vendors on site for those looking for a meal throughout the day including the Sports Club selling pork rinds and funnel cakes, with all proceeds being donated to the FFA, Miss Ivy’s Grill and Chill food truck, Holy Taco food truck, and Ruby’s Ice Cream offering a variety of food options.
The St. James Chamber of Commerce will also be holding its raffle drawing for a Henry Golden Boy .22 LR Rifle. The drawing will take place at 5 p.m. at the barn. The gun is #200 of 1,000 to commemorate the Bicentennial of the State of Missouri. Beginning this year through 2021, any of the guns made will be printed with the Bicentennial seal. Guns made in any other year will have all the other engravings, but will not have the Bicentennial seal, providing a special piece for gun enthusiasts to have in their collection.
The winner does not need to be present to win, but must be at least 21 years old and follow state and federal regarding the purchasing or owning of a firearm prior to taking possession.