Bucyrus resident Russell, Kaden and Abby Gaither stand together in front of a group of officials after being named Texas County Farm Family Aug. 14 at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia. The officials include, from left, Missouri State Fair Commissioners Ted Sheppard and Jack Magruder, 2017 Missouri State Fair Queen Natalie Ayers, Missouri Farm Bureau board of directors vice president Todd Hays, Missouri Department of Agriculture director Christine Chinn, MU CAFNRB assistant dean Rob Kallenbach and MU Extension and Engagement associate vice chancellor for Blake Naughton.

The family of Russell and Abby Gaither of Bucyrus were among the families honored during the 59th annual Missouri Farm Family Day, Aug. 14 at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia.

The Gaither family was selected Texas County’s Farm Family by the University of Missouri Texas County Extension Council and local Farm Bureau. The family includes Russell, Abby and their son Kaden.

Each year, the fair sets aside a day to recognize farm families from across the state who are active in their communities, involved in agriculture and/or participate in local outreach and extension programs such as 4-H or FFA. The annual event is sponsored by five partner agencies: the Missouri Farm Bureau, the Missouri Department of Agriculture, the Missouri State Fair and commissioners, the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and MU Extension.

Representatives of 112 of Missouri’s 114 counties took part this year, with two counties still dealing with the aftermath of the recent flooding in southern Missouri. The event showcases the impact Missouri Farm Families have on the economy and heritage of the state.

 “As the showcase for Missouri agriculture, the Missouri State Fair is most certainly the appropriate place to celebrate these families,” said Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe.

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