The bidders were in the mood to buy during Saturday’s sales portion of the Johnson County Junior Livestock and Youth Fair.

Hundreds gathered to watch the bidding on this year’s grand champion, reserve and market winners animals and projects.

But it’s about much more than just the winners, Johnson County Livestock and Agriculture Association board President Chris Goodwin said before the ceremonies got underway.

“We had so many great kids taking part this year,” Goodwin said. “And we want to recognize all of them, not just the winners, because they all worked hard and they’re all important.”

Goodwin, at the beginning of the ceremony, called all who participated in last week’s events to the front of the stage for a group photo.

“This is the reason we’re here folks,” Goodwin said. “This right here.”

Johnson County Commissioner Larry Woolley, who served as auctioneer for the sales, agreed.

“It’s not about the livestock and the projects,” Woolley said. “Those are just the vehicles used to work with and help these kids. No, this is about raising grand champion kids.”

This year’s event saw 1,944 entries from 774 exhibitors.

Goodwin and Woolley also took a moment to recognize the late George Marti, who passed away last year, and was a long time supporter of JCLAA.

Also recognized was Cleburne FFA student Tanner Tilton who this year participated in his final show.

Goodwin presented Tilton with a belt buckle. Joining him were Queen Hanna Lisenbe, Queen Runner-Up Anna Carlock, Ambassador Merrick Irvin and Ambassador Runner-Up Brigg Hawkins.

Hawkins characterized Tilton as “super talented” moments before Tilton led the crowd through a foot stomping, hand clapping sing along.

With that, it was time for the auctions or, as Woolley put it, “The stock show’s over. Now we’re talking about making money.”

First out of the chute was the auction for grand champion steer.

“This one is no unfamiliar face,” Woolley said of Mikala Grady of Grandview 4-H. Grady also won the grand champion steer last year. Her 2016 steer sold for $8,000. This year she topped that, taking home $11,000.

Up next was Lindsey Jones of Friendship 4-H who won grand champion lamb. Jones’ lamb sold for $4,500.

Lisenbe’s grand champion goat sold for $3,500. Lisenbe is also with Friendship 4-H.

In the grand champion rabbits category was Kylie Walker of Joshua FFA. Her rabbit sold for $3,500.

The bidding took off for the grand champion broilers. Last year’s grand champion sold for $2,900. This year’s champion, Jada Hudson of Grandview FFA, did slightly better. Her broiler went for $7,000.

“I’m positive that has to be the record,” Woolley said. “And you people thought eggs were expensive at the grocery store.”

Lindsay Leck of Cleburne FFA won the grand champion turkey show. Her turkey sold for $5,000.

Grady returned center stage having also won in the grand champion swine show. Grady’s pig went for $6,000

In the grand champion senior metal works division it was Keaton Martin, Ethan Campbell and Coby Henslee of Grandview FFA. The gooseneck trailer they built sold for $3,500.

Brendan Patterson of Alvarado FFA won the grand champion senior wood works division. His project, an automated shop table, sold for $2,000.

Grandview FFA’s Colt Edrington was this year’s grand champion junior ag mechanics winner. His project, a porch swing, sold for $1,500.

Woolley next auctioned the reserve champion’s animals and projects.

Reserve champion steer winner Brecken Shipman of Grandview 4-H received $7,500 for his steer.

Reserve champion lambs winner Lisenbe won $2,500 for her lamb.

Reserve champion goats winner John Michael Perez of Friendship 4-H won $1,750.

Reserve champion rabbits winner Kristyn Collins of Alvarado FFA won $1,250 for her rabbit.

Reserve champion broilers winner Tobi Jackson of Grandview FFA won $3,500.

Reserve champion turkey winner Barrett Stephenson of Grandview 4-H realized $2,250 for his turkey.

Reserve champion swine winner Mia Meeham of Grandview FFA won $5,000 for her pig.

Reserve champion senior metal works winner Zane El-Jabsheh of Cleburne FFA constructed a fire pit for which he won $1,750.

Reserves champion senior wood works winner Merrick Irvin of Godley FFA constructed a combination of tables and antler chandeliers. Merrick’s project sold for $6,000.

Reserve champion junior ag mechanics winner Cooper Bosher of Joshua FFA built a chicken tractor, which sold for $1,400.


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