The Kentucky Pork Producers is proud to support youth livestock exhibitors at the Kentucky State Fair by sponsoring the Championship Drive.
The Championship Drive features breed champions in each youth market animal species, honoring over 70 youth livestock exhibitors. A Grand Champion, Reserve Champion and a third, fourth and fifth place animal are selected in all species.
This article highlights the exhibitor of the Grand Champion Market Hog.
Taking home a Grand Champion banner from the Kentucky State Fair is a momentous achievement for any livestock exhibitor. Doing that two years in a row? That’s something most showmen only dream about.
Brayden Lancaster had his “dream come true” moment at the 2019 Kentucky State Fair Championship Drive when his pig was named the Grand Champion Market Hog for the second consecutive year.
Lancaster, 13, is a member of the Meade County 4-H and has been showing pigs for 8 years. His 243 pound crossbred gilt was bred by Logan Farnham.
For Lancaster, the best part of showing pigs is getting our show pigs as babies and feeding them and watching them grow and change throughout the year.
Lancaster also enjoys showing on the national level because it has given him the opportunity to meet what he describes as “a lot of really great people.”
Even though Lancaster is no stranger to the Championship Drive, he says the experience is still hard to put into words.
“It is a feeling of very many emotions: excitement, shock, a feeling that our hard work has paid off, and we achieved the goals we have set for ourselves,” Lancaster said.
Lancaster is already thinking about his future and plans for after his show career has ended.
“I plan to go to college at Western Illinois and I would like to be a showpig vet,” Lancaster said.
Lancaster hopes that his experiences showing pigs will help him to be prepared for his career path, and hopefully help pay for veterinary school too.
Since the move from the Sale of Champions to the Championship Drive format, sponsors are no longer assigned a specific animal to “purchase.” All of the sponsors join together to contribute to one premium fund, which is then distributed among the winning animals of all species.
This support means a lot to Lancaster, who wanted to thank his sponsors.
“Thank you very much for supporting not just me but every kid that showed at our state fair,” Lancaster said.
Brayden is the son of Adam and Carrie Lancaster of Battletown. His 4-H agent is Deana Reed.