470 Texas student young exhibitors exhibit at Big Tex Youth Livestock Auction

Feature / Texas State Fair

The 74e The annual Big Tex Youth Cattle Auction kicked off with the sale of the Grand Champion Market Steer. This year’s award-winning steer was purchased by the Big Tex Champion Club with their GENEROUS OFFER OF $130,000. THE PRELIMINARY AMOUNT RAISED FOR TEXAS YOUTH IN TODAY’S AUCTION IS MORE THAN A RECORD $1.9 MILLION.

With 322 steers competing in the Youth Market Steer Show this year, winning the title of Grand Champion was no easy feat. After hundreds of steers and hours of judging, the final decision was made. AVEN HORN OF JONES COUNTY 4-H, 17-year-old won the grand prize for her winning steer, “Blondie”.

Dallas Hartley County 4-H’s Georgia Bezner sold her Reserve Grand Champion Market steer to State Fair dealers and State Fair ride and game operators for $50,000. Grand Champion Market Barrow, owned by Camryn Clift of Randal County 4-H, has been sold to the Briscoe and Carpenter families for a record $63,000. Wesley May of Tom Green County 4-H sold his Grand Champion Market Broiler to Friona Industries for $16,000.

History was made this year – for the first time, the Grand Champion Market Lamb and the Grand Champion Market Goat were owned by the same exhibitor, Madden Wise of Brown County 4-H. The and Amy Ware Foundation bought the Grand Champion Market Lamb for $30,000. The Grand Champion Market Goat went for $27,000 to Frank Deel.

An annual tradition since 2015, full-time employees of the State Fair of Texas participate in the purchase of an animal at the auction. Continuing this tradition for the seventh consecutive year and purchasing a record three animals, the State Fair team bid on a champion breed market lamb owned by Paige Winstead of Springtown FFA, for $5,200, a steer reserve breed champion market barrow owned by Charlie Tusa of Falls County 4-H for $6,000 and a Market Barrow owned by Tinsley Camacho of Goliad 4-H for $3,100. Because the Big Tex Youth Livestock Auction and Scholarship Program truly embodies the State Fair’s mission to promote agriculture, education, and community engagement, the team feels very passionate about contributing to this cause.

Supported by community leaders and local businesses, the annual Big Tex Youth Livestock Auction is a representation of the extreme dedication put forth by participating exhibitors, as well as the planning and effort of the people enthusiasts who organize the event. The auction is considered the heart and soul of the breeding department. In a typical year, the Youth Livestock Auction brings families and friends together for an occasion that benefits the community in addition to providing visitors with some good old times. About 3,000 entries from across the state competed for one of the coveted 470 spots in the auction this year. Students who win a seat in the auction can sell their animals to the highest bidder. Students then receive a pre-determined maximum payment for their animal, with any excess profits going to the Livestock Auction and the Big Tex Youth Scholarship Program. The program benefits students who have participated in youth herding events at the State Fair, as well as high school students in the Fair Park area. Through the Big Tex Youth Livestock auction and scholarship program, the state fair has awarded more than $30 million in auction prizes and scholarships.

The State Fair commends all students who participate in its youth herding competitions and is pleased to support them in their pursuit of higher education through the Big Cattle Auction and Scholarship Program. Text. The State Fair of Texas is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and receives no government funding or support. Its nonprofit goal is funded by proceeds from the annual State Fair of Texas event. Net proceeds from the fair are used to help preserve and improve our home, Fair Park; supporting museums, community initiatives, and scholarship programs to help Lone Star students across the state pursue higher education; and help improve State Fair operations – to help organize the next big State Fair of Texas. Help support the fair’s mission to celebrate all things Texas by promoting agriculture, education, and community involvement through quality entertainment in a family-friendly environment by attending the State Fair of Texas, taking place runs until Sunday, October 23.


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