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Coryell Co. youth fair auction raises $190K

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Posted: Monday, January 13, 2014 4:30 am

GATESVILLE — The Coryell County Youth Fair ended Saturday with an auction that generated $190,000 from the sale of 199 items including livestock and home economics entries.

Top bid this year was $4,100 for the grand champion heifer, an Angus raised by Holly Thomas of Cattle Drive 4-H Club. The buyer was Paradise Valley Ranch of Seabrook.

The grand champion market steer raised by Zach Zoeller of Cattle Drive 4-H Club sold for $4,000 to Gatesville Youth Livestock Supporters, a local nonprofit organization.

About 350 youngsters from 4-H Clubs and Future Farmers of America organizations across Coryell County took part in this year’s fair, showing more than 800 head of livestock and almost 2,000 home economics entries.

Not all the home economics entries were homemade quilts and jelly.

Daniel West, 17, of Copperas Cove Future Farmers of America collected the Best-of-Show ribbon in the home economics competition for his hand-tooled leather rifle scabbard.

“I put about 24 to 30 hours working on the scabbard,” West said. “My dad has a leather business in Topsey and I learned leather work growing up.”

The scabbard is designed for a lever-action rifle, he said. “It is too big for a semiautomatic and the wrong shape for a bolt-action.” 

The bullet loops on the scabbard had 30.06 cartridges for the show, but any size lever-action rifle will fit the holster, West said.

Livestock Results

  • Commercial Cattle — Jenna Coward of Hay Valley 4-H won grand champion. Kyle Coward of Hay Valley 4-H Club won reserve champion.
  • British Heifers — Holly Thomas of Cattle Drive 4-H won grand champion. Harrison Smith of Cattle Drive 4-H won reserve champion.
  • Market Steers — Zach Zoeller of Cattle Drive 4-H won grand champion.
  • Commercial Goat Does — Tristan Harbour Cattle Drive 4-H won grand champion. Justyce Ayers of Hay Valley 4-H won reserve champion.
  • Market Goats — Tristan Harbour of Cattle Drive 4-H won grand champion. McKenn McLaug of Cattle Drive 4-H and Thiele Alvarado of Coryell City 4-H won reserve champion.
  • Angora Goats — Layton Hernandez of Hay Valley 4-H won grand champion. Mecka Clarke of Cattle Drive 4-H and Hannay Herring of Cattle Drive 4-H won reserve champion.
  • Breeding Sheep — Tristan Harbour of Cattle Drive 4-H won grand champion. Hallie Foote of Coryell City 4-H won reserve champion.
  • Swine Gilts — Kameron Smith of Cattle Drive 4-H won grand champion and reserve champion.
  • Market Swine — Rebecka Downing of Copperas Cove FFA won grand champion. Cooper Boyd of Cattle Drive 4-H won reserve champion.
  • Rabbit Meat — Kyara Gee of Copperas Cove FFA won grand champion. Katie Eacrett of Copperas Cove 4-H won reserve champion.
  • Rabbit Fryer — Cheyenne Miller of Rawhide 4-H won grand champion. Slone Early of Pecan Grove 4-H won reserve champion.
  • Rabbit 4-Class — Toby Small Jr. of Hard Bargain 4-H won grand champion and reserve champion.
  • Rabbit 6-Class — Makaylee Mueller of Hay Valley 4-H won grand champion. Samuel Winkler of Hay Valley 4-H won reserve champion.

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