Ham Breakfast goes on without Governor Nixon

The winning ham was auctioned off for $7,500. The money will go to benefit youth agriculture programs.

The 62nd annual Governor's Ham Breakfast at the Missouri State Fair got off to its usual startâ?¦ good food and conversation.

State Fair supporters bid on the grand prize hams and slab of bacon. The three winners sold for nearly $2,300, which all goes back to support youth agriculture programs.

One thing missing from the Governor's Ham Breakfast? The governor himself.

Governor Jay Nixon announced Wednesday night he was headed to Ferguson instead, as violent protests continued following the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

But, the breakfast carried on without a hitch, with several elected officials supporting the governor's decision to head to Ferguson.

"It's not a federal issue as much as it's a state issue,â?? said Senator Roy Blunt. â??I have asked the Justice Department and the FBI to both be involvedâ?¦ being sure that at the end of the day people feel like this has been looked at as carefully and as properly as it could be. The governor's decision to prioritize what's happening there is probably the right decision for the governor to have made."

"I think it's appropriate that he be there to try and bring some calm to the situation and hopefully promote unity back in the community," said Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler.

Despite the governor's absence, supporters of agriculture proudly celebrated the future of their industry.