Spencer Fuller has not given up seeking the national fence painting championship - he won the state fence painting on Friday, July 5, repeating his 2012 state win.
In 2012, he went on to take second place in the national championship. Keaton Bartz of Hannibal won first place.
This year Spencer, 11, of Monroe City, will face the Hannibal winner, Tyler Stevenson, along with boys from other cities.
The winner receives the traveling fence painting trophy, which he may have displayed at his state capitol or elsewhere until the following July, when he returns the trophy to present to a new national champion.
With only three boys registered to compete in the state contest, the Jaycees invited any boys attending the contest to compete.
The three who competed were Spencer, second place winner Adrian Proleiko, 12, of St. Louis and California's Huck Finn, Logan Knight, 11, of Phoenix, Ariz.
After the contest, Logan explained why he was not very fast at painting, "There are no fences to paint at my house." He also noted that he was chosen Huck Finn in California although he lives in Phoenix.
Adrian wanted to tell everyone that "whitewash does not taste good." Why did he get it in his mouth? "It just sprayed on me."
Adrian and his mother, Julia, were spending several days in Hannibal for National Tom Sawyer Days.
After the contest, Julia was eager to share how much they were enjoying their holiday visit.
"This is one of the nicest, friendliest places," she said. "It is refreshing."
They had toured the Molly Brown House and had a ride on the Mark Twain Riverboat.
Julia reported they had spent one night in a hotel and were planning to camp at Mark Twain Cave Campground Friday night, then tour the cave today, July 6.
After the official fence painting on both July 4 and 5, the sponsoring Jaycees permitted some of the children present to try their fence painting skills.
On Friday, three children lined up for this, Including Isaac Truesdale, 7, and Olivia Truesdale, 8, both of Hannibal.
The third was Evan Fredd, 7, whose family explained his dad, Richard Fredd, won the national fence painting championship in 1987. The family now lives in Florida and was vacationing in Missouri. Evan expects to return and compete when he is older.