Ashtyn Adams’ grand champion steer simply had no interest in being displayed at the Brown County Youth Fair Premium Sale Saturday night, but that didn’t stop spirited bidding that reached $15,000 — a record for a steer.
The 44-member Championship Buyers Club paid the top money early in the premium sale, a raucous and joyous auction that lasted long into the night and closed out the 65th annual youth fair.
After the crowning of Tara Glasscock as youth fair queen, several events preceded the beginning of the sale, including the announcement that the Buyers Championship Club is being renamed the Delton Sweatman Championship Buyers Club.
The 2017 fair had been dedicated to Sweatman, a longtime Brown County Fair Association supporter and board member. Sweatman has retired from the fair association’s Finance Committee, which he founded.
The fair association also brought back the Good Hand award for the first time in several years, and the award was presented to youth fair exhibitor Colton Edgar, a member of the Zephyr FFA.
Winners in Saturday morning’s horse show were also announced.
Karly Harper of the Bangs 4-H Club won Grand Champion Mare, and Kodi Edwards, also of the Bangs 4-H, won the grand champion gelding award.
Brownwood FFA member Carol Hetzel of the Brownwood FFA won reserve grand champion mare. Paige Hensley of the Bangs FFA won reserve grand champion gelding.
After bidding on grand champion and reserve grand champion winners in the Home Economics Division winners, bidding opened on the animals, beginning with the grand champion steer owned by Ashtyn Adams of the Brookesmith 4-H club.
Big Country Ford had the top bid of $400 for the grand champion market rabbit owned by Josh Baucom of the Early FFA.
The Circle B Bar Ranch bought the grand champion market goat owned by Hayden Schroeder of the Early FFA.
Tynlea Wilson’s grand champion market lamb brought $9,000 from Landmark Life.
Buddy and Holly Geib paid $14,000 for the grand champion market swine owned by Blaze Cozart of the Early FFA.
Animals that won reserve grand champion awards were next in the bidding, and Landmark Life paid $8,000 for the market steer owned by Madellyne Adams of the Brookesmith 4-H.
Landmark Life also had the winning bid of $2,000 for the market rabbit owned by Cash Whisenhunt of the Zephyr FFA.
Early FFA member Tara Glasscock’s market lamb brought $13,000 from Grooms Seed.