Months of hard work and dedication by scores of local students and their families paid off nicely this weekend with the most successful rendition ever of the Terry County Junior Livestock Show.
The 2014 show featured 97 exhibitors, representing dozens of Terry County families and all three local school districts from Brownfield, Meadow and Wellman-Union.
The youth exhibited more than 250 animals, including 186 swine, 26 sheep, 10 goats, 27 steers and eight rabbits.
Candy Cudd, a lead organizer of the annual event, said she thought the weekend event went “extremely well.”
“I haven’t heard any negative comments at all and the kids did great and we were all proud of them,” she said after the show. “The show went smoothly thanks to the work by a lot of volunteers and I think everyone enjoyed themselves.
Cudd praised all of the students involved and their families and also said the show could not happen each year without the tremendous help of volunteers.
In addition to buckles, banners and ribbons, exhibitors also take home substantial money for their animals after the annual sale following the stock show.
Cudd said the citizens and businesses of Terry County never fail to come through for the youth who work hard to raise and show their animals.
“The sale this year was the best we have ever had,” she said. “Every year, we think we’ve gone as high as we can go, and the next year the people and businesses of this community come out and go even further. It’s amazing.”
In total, the sale raised $219,200 Saturday, with more add-ons to come, Cudd said, not including more than $30,000 raised through the sale of advertising banners hung throughout the show barn.
Saturday’s total was an increase of more than $30,000 over last year’s.
“This is by far the most supportive county show there is,” she said. “There are much bigger counties nearby who don’t raise a fraction of that money. And I’ll still have people doing add-ons for months.”
Add-ons allow people to contribute money to specific exhibitors to help with their expenses and reward them for their hard work. Any amount is allowed.
Cudd said add-ons will be accepted through the end of February.
Presented with $1,000 scholarships were Tye Dodson and Tyler Harrison.
In 2013, local veterinarian Dr. Jim Ridenour announced a new scholarship fund to honor longtime supporter Charles Orum, who passed away in 2012. That award went to Tyler Harrison.
Winners from the show are as follows.
Grand Champion Steer, Jacy Rowden
Reserve Champion Steer, Tanner Cudd
Grand Champion Lamb, Kreede Orum
Reserve Champion Lamb, Grace Franke
Grand Champion Barrow, Hunter Cudd
Reserve Champion Barrow, Bryden Smith
Grand Champion Gilt, Brad Franke
Reserve Champion Gilt, Tripp Moore
Grand Champion Goat, Regan Perez
Reserve Champion Goat, Mallory Carreon
Grand Champion Rabbit, Madison White
Reserve Champion Rabbit, Blakely Moore
Sr. Steer-Champion, Tanner Cudd
Sr. Reserve Steer, Tye Dodson
Jr. Steer-Champion, Landry Youngblood
Jr. Reserve Steer, Hunter Cudd
PeeWee Steer-Champion, Ryder Day
Sr. Lamb-Champion, Grace Franke
Sr. Reserve Lamb, Ricky Gonzales
Jr. Lamb-Champion, Kreede Orum
Jr. Reserve Lamb, Regan Perez
Sr. Swine-Champion, Macye Boyd
Sr. Reserve Swine, Roman Alvarado
Jr. Swine-Champion, Cassidy Cooper
Jr. Reserve Swine, Brady Caswell
Pee Wee Swine, Tripp Moore
Sr. Goat Champion, Ricky Gonzales
Sr. Reserve Goat, Chanse Smith
Jr. Goat Champion, Regan Perez
Jr. Reserve Goat, Tyler Dawson
Rabbit-Champion, Blakely Moore
Jr. Rabbit-Champion, Madison White
Top Hand Awards were presented to Katelyn Besler and Tanner Cudd, both representing Terry County 4H.