Coryell County was well represented at the State Fair of Texas in Dallas with the livestock of several 4-H members making the sale and earning money for future projects.
Nine 4-H members competed in a variety of areas, said Shane Martin, Coryell County extension agent.
“The state fair is always a good contest whether the kids place or not,” he said. “They worked hard to get there. It was obvious that our kids had worked with their animals in the ring and we are very proud of them.”
Senior 4-H member Megan Horton placed first in the medium weight Southdown lamb category and made the sale. Tristan Harbour placed second in the heavyweight Southdown lamb class and also made the sale.
Junior 4-H member Holly Thomas captured fourth place with her steer in the all-other-breeds class, also making the sale.
Zach Thomas showed a steer, and Shelby Mann competed with her Durocs White swine.
Harrison Smith, Ty Jordan and Seth Jordan competed in the senior livestock judging team contest.
Kameron Smith placed sixth in the individual junior livestock judging contest from among 139 entries.
The night before, Smith placed seventh out of 108 junior individuals in the livestock judging competition at the Heart of Texas Fair in Waco.
But her big win was still to come.
The petite eighth-grader caught the last calf during the Waco fair’s calf scramble and secured a certificate to purchase livestock for next year’s project. The 13-year-old Gatesville 4-H member said she was surprised she caught the animal.
“There was only one left and I thought my chances were shot,” Smith said.
“I started helping corral the calves into the pen and the (remaining) calf ran right past me. I got him in the corner and caught him. I couldn’t believe it.”