The Brown County Youth’s Fair record premium sale of Jan. 16 has increased by $35,000 thanks to a group of donors known as the Championship Club, bringing the total to an all-time record of $422,000.
Gayland Miller, chairman of the Brown County Fair Association’s Finance Committee, announced the total Monday in a press release.
The 64th annual Youth Fair was dedicated to the memory of longtime fair supporter Putter Jarvis, who died in July.
Miller said the additional funds this year are coming directly from an elite group of donorscalled Championship Club members. This group of donors generously allocates $1,000 or more of their donation each year to ensure that funds are available for bidding as needed by designated finance committee members, and on the donors’ behalf, to meet floors on exhibitors that may not otherwise achieve the floor amount.
“Without these funds, we would not be able to have a guaranteed tiered floor price, or balanced sale for our nearly 300 qualifying exhibitors each year,” Miller said.
The Championship Club was initially established in the early 1970s by Delton Sweatman. The club was established to serve as the premium sale’s underwriters.
Jarvis was one of the first to financially commit to supporting the idea and concept. Miller quoted Sweatman as saying he’d never had to deal with an excess such as this one, and the club has served its purpose well each every year since being established, making for decades of outstanding sales.
With historic records, Miller said, come a few unique but wonderful problems to tend to. The committee has approved bringing every exhibitor that may have fallen short up to tier average, the night of the premium sale.
This will be done without adjusting or penalizing any exhibitor that received more than the average. It will allow for the addition of the $35,000, and an estimated 186 exhibitors, to receive a premium check for even more than they had initially expected.
Miller’s final comments were, “This is a record sale in every sense — $422,000,” Miller said.
It’s an increase of 44 percent, or $129,000, over the previous year’s records, Miller said.
Miller thanked all the donors who made the Putter Jarvis 64th annual Brown County Youth Fair and premium sale “one to be remembered by all.”
2016’s Championship Club Member List
Ag Texas Farm Credit Services
Big Country Ford
Brown County Abstract
Bruner Auto Group / Big Country Chevy Dealers
Circle B Bar Ranch
Citizens National Bank
Delton Sweatman Family
Dr. Fritz Speck DVM / Central Texas Veterinary Hospital
Gary Worley - Brown County Precinct 1 Commissioner
Germania - Sparks Insurance Agency
Glasscock Club Lambs
Grimsley Electric Inc.
Hill Gas Inc. Formerly Tri-County Propane
Landmark Life Insurance
Lortscher Animal Nutrition Inc.
Mills County State Bank
Pecan Springs Ranch
Ribble Land Construction
Roberson Rent All
Schrank Show Goats
Vulcan Material Company
Waldrop Const. Co.
West Central Wireless