The retort came back loudly and clearly Saturday at the Johnson County Junior Livestock Show and Youth Fair: Hail, Yes!
Maddison Holder, an Alvarado High School junior and FFA member, picked up a check for $11,000 as grand champion winner for Caesar, a European variety bevo, in the premium auction sale.
Ty Gillespie of Joshua FFA banked a check for $10,000 as the reserve champion with another European.
Bidders’ bankrolls held up nicely throughout the sale, with grand and reserve championships taking a $68,950 bite out of the record-total $419,000. That figure includes $40,000 in add-on money.
“I’d say that’s real good considering the economy and the price of feed and [show] animals,” show Superintendent Ronnie Galbreath said.
Lindsey Jones of Friendship 4-H received $7,000 for her grand champion swine. Trae Bevers of Venus FFA received $4,500 for his reserve champion swine.
Chase Folwell of Cleburne FFA received $2,500 for the grand champion market rabbit and Reagan Maples of Cleburne FFA $2,000 for the reserve market rabbit.
Godley FFA’s Regan Abadie received $1,500 for the grand champion market fryer and Joshua Jones of Joshua FFA $1,250 for the reserve champion fryer.
The grand champion turkey, owned by Maci Hamilton of Godley FFA, made $2,500, while the reserve champion turkey made $1,500.
Robert Max McKnight of Friendship 4-H got $3,000 for the grand champion market broiler and Zach Smith of Grandview FFA $3,950 for the reserve champion broiler.
Brigg Hawkins of Friendship 4-H got $3,500 for the grand championship market lamb and Friendship 4-H’s Brayden Hawkins $4,500 for the reserve champion lamb.
Brayden Hawkins got $5,000 for the grand champion goat and Zena Goodwin of Lillian 4-H $5,250 for the reserve champion goat.
Caesar, Holder’s grand champion, carries a Hico birth certificate when he goes visiting.
“We got him from a guy in Hico named Brent Edwards,” Holden said. “He’s a Simmental, and he’s the best steer I’ve ever raised. We were hoping to win the show.”