Anyone who knows Johnson County Commissioner Larry Woolley knew it was only going to be a matter of time during Saturday’s Johnson County Junior Livestock and Youth Fair Sale of Champions before he got around to Grandview High School’s football state championship, the school’s second in as many years.
The commissioner didn’t disappoint and, by citing another Grandview champion of longstanding, got to the point right off the bat.
“Let’s congratulate [Grandview 4-H member] Mikala Grady,” Woolley said. “She had the grand champion steer for the sixth year in a row. And, in an unprecedented feat, she has the grand and reserve steer for the second year in a row. That’s never been done before for a two year back to back. But, that’s kind of the Grandview way.”
With that Woolley, who served as auctioneer during Saturday’s packed-room affair opened the bidding.
Several minutes later, Grady’s grand steer bagged her $11,000. That was just the beginning. Grady’s reserve champion steer went for $5,000 capping Grady’s senior year and final sale of champions appearance.
“I’m just gonna be truthful with you,” Woolley joked. “There’s a lot of people glad to see you’re going to be done. But watch out, her little brother’s coming on.”
Godley FFA member Wylie Simpson won Grand Market Swine and saw his swine go for $9,500 at auction.
Several buyers broke into discussion during the process momentarily pausing the bidding.
“You all need to work out a deal?” Woolley joked. “You need a lawyer? We have some of them here.”
Grandview FFA member Brendon Gross realized $3,000 for his Reserve Champion Market Swine.
Friendship 4-H member Rachel White repeated as well, having this year and last won Grand Champion Market Goat. Her goat this year sold for $3,700.
Kayley Leck of Cleburne FFA won Grand Champion Market Broiler, which went for $2,500 at auction.
It’s a family affair, Woolley said of the Johnson County Junior Livestock and Youth Fair.
To prove his point, Woolley asked all family members, volunteers, buyers, participants and anyone connected to the show to stand up.
“Look to your left then look to your right,” Woolley instructed the crowd. “This is the Johnson County Junior Livestock Show family. Say hello to them and get to know them.
“I already see people back there high fiving each other and shaking hands. This is a family, and I’ve seen that all week. And it’s one of the last so wholesome family events that we have in our world today.”
It’s that and more, state Rep. DeWayne Burns, R-Cleburne, said.
“I was involved in it, my kiddos too,” Burns said. “One of the reasons I love this so much is because it gives our kids opportunities to experience real work and reward and, in some cases, loss just like real life. It teaches them those important life lessons that can’t be learned in a classroom.”
Pinnacle Bank Regional Vice President Tim Whitlock agreed.
“You look around and see what a good turnout we have this year,” Whitlock said. “You see the great community support. And it’s always exciting to see the kids and their families and hear about the hard work they’ve put into their projects all year. They learn really good leadership skills through their participation and that’s important because these kids are absolutely going to be our future leaders. And that’s why I’m so glad to see the county and community get behind all this and support it so well.”
Absent that support it couldn’t happen, Johnson County Livestock and Agriculture Association Board President Mark McClure said in thanking all who participated and all who volunteered time and effort.