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In memory of Zac McDowell

An 18-year-old 4-H member honored the memory of the late Zac McDowell by donating the proceeds from the sale of her hog at Wednesday night’s Sale of Champions to a scholarship created in his name.

Sabrina Tripp, 2012 Central High School valedictorian and member of the Terra Bleue 4-H Club, said she was touched by a fellow 4-H’er, Josh Howard, who donated the proceeds from the sale of his steer for a charity at last year’s St. Francois County Fair.

After discussing the idea with her sister, Sara, the two decided a deserving recipient of the proceeds from the sale would be the Zac McDowell Memorial Scholarship.

Zac McDowell was a 26-year-old son, husband and father, as well as a respected Central Elementary School teacher and coach, who died in February 2009 from an infection that developed after he underwent surgery for the removal of a brain tumor.

 Sabrina’s parents Charlie and Sherry, owners of the C&S Farm, approved of her plan, saying they would pay for the hog’s feed. Also, Steve Jolly, owner of Jolly’s Custom Cuts Meat Processing in Cadet, agreed to process the hog for the buyer at no charge.

“I got the hog in March and in April weighed it in,” said Sabrina. “I fed it and made sure I sprayed it down every hour.”

She said she spread the word to potential buyers about her plan to donate the proceeds from the sale of her hog to the McDowell scholarship.

On Wednesday morning of the fair, Sabrina showed her hog at the Junior Swine Show and Judging.

At Wednesday evening’s Sale of Champions, Sabrina may have been nervous, but her hog, whom she had belatedly named Frank on Tuesday, appeared to be even more so. Refusing to follow his owner’s lead, Frank wandered around the pen as the auctioneer sought a buyer for the swanky swine.

When it was all over, Belgrade State Bank paid $3.90 a pound for the 254-pound hog. That adds up to a total of $990.60 that will be donated to the Zac McDowell Memorial Scholarship.

Sabrina said that she was glad to be able to do something to help a worthy cause and was especially happy to do so after getting to know Zac’s widow, Renee, and his son, Tucker.

“Renee is so nice and I’ve enjoyed spending time with Tucker,” said Sabrina. “He’s a great kid.”

There’s a lot of people in St. Francois County who think Sabrina’s a pretty great kid, too.

The fair continues at the fairgrounds, located off US 67, through Saturday evening.

Thursday, Aug. 2

Gate Admission Begins at 8 a.m.

$6 per person

8 a.m. – Open Swine & Sheep in Place

Noon – Open Goats in Place

3 p.m. – Livestock Sales Talk – Sheep & Hog Common

4 p.m. – Jr. Livestock Judging Contest – Youth Act. Bldg.

5 p.m. – Open Beef in Place

5:30 p.m. – Barnyard Games – Youth Act. Bldg.

7 p.m. – Lawn Mower Demolition Derby

7 p.m. – Jr. Horse Show

Friday, Aug. 3

Gate Admission Begins at 8 a.m.

$6 per person

8 a.m. – Open Swine Show – Youth Act. Bldg.

8:30 a.m. – Open Goat Show – Youth Act. Bldg.

9 a.m. – Open Sheep Show – Youth Act. Bldg.

9:15 a.m. – Open Dairy Show – Youth Act. Bldg.

9:30 a.m. – Bucket Calf Show – Youth Act. Bldg.

10 a.m. – Open Beef Show – Youth Act. Bldg.

$150 Supreme Female / $150 Supreme Bull

1 p.m. – Woolies Lead Line – Youth Act. Bldg.

1-4 p.m. – Seniors Day Activities – Exhibit Bldg.

2 p.m. – Pee Wee Pet & Livestock Show – Youth Act. Bldg.

5 p.m. – Presentation of Awards – Youth Act. Bldg.

7 p.m. – Cowboy Mounted Show

8 p.m. – Trent Tomlinson In Concert

Saturday, Aug. 4

Kids’ Day

Gate Admission Begins at 8 a.m.

$6 per person

8 a.m. – Jr. & Open Dairy Released

10 a.m. – Antique Tractor Display

10 a.m. – Register for Truck & Tractor Pull

11 a.m. – Draft Horse Show

Noon – Truck & Tractor Pull

1-5 p.m. – KIDS’ DAY – Games, Prizes & Clowns for Kids for 12-years-old & under. Needle in Haystack / Scavenger Hunt / Turtle Race / Sack Race / Wheelbarrow / Balloon Toss

4 p.m. – Pedal Tractor Pulls

7 p.m. – Ark / Mo Truck & Tractor Pullers

7 p.m. – Entertainment Under The Tent

Kevin R. Jenkins is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-431-2010, ext. 114 or at

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