The 68th Annual Brown County Youth Fair roared across the finish line Saturday with the crowning jewel of the week-long celebration — the Awards and Premium Sale, which raises a large amount of money each year to benefit the young exhibitors.

The auction is for premium money only and does not represent the purchase of the animal or item being auctioned.

Before auctioneer Bill Stewart opened the bidding, several scholarships were announced including a new one — the Beverly Hohertz Memorial Scholarship for $3,700. Hohertz, a longtime youth fair supporter, died in November at age 72.

Hohertz’s husband, Carl Ray, announced Bangs FFA member Max Tongate as the first recipient.

“As you all know Beverly was a great supporter of this stock show and loved the kids,” Hohertz said. “And the one we’ve chosen tonight — he’s always been a real hard worker and a great kid. I know Beverly’s looking down on us and smiling right now. She would be proud of who we’ve selected.”

Hohertz drew laughter when he teased, “I don’t know how he turned out to be so great with the dad he’s got. I knew his dad when he was going to school.”

Codi Perkins, a member of the auction committee, gave an emotional tribute to Hohertz, who was known as Bebe.

“I firmly believe impacting the youth is one of the most gracious and rewarding things you can do in this life,” Perkins said. “(The Beverly Hohertz) scholarship is yet another reflection of someone who dedicated her entire life to doing just that.

“Beverly Hohertz had a lot of titles because she had such great passion for so many things. But I do believe her greatest passion and calling was children. Bebe had a way with kids and if you had the honor of knowing her, you know exactly what I’m talking about. I was so proud when I heard about this scholarship because this is Beverly.”

Auctioneer Bill Stewart opened the bidding, and sales included:

• Grand Champion Market Steer, shown by Madison Moseley of the Brownwood 4-H, purchased for $16,000 by Ag-Mart, Brownwood Medical Center and Bob’s Fuels.

• Grand Champion Market Rabbit, shown by Braylee Beene of the Bangs 4-H, purchased for $4,100 by the Circle B Bar Ranch.

• Grand Champion Market Lamb, shown by Ashtyn Adams of the Early 4-H, purchased for $10,000 by Mattressville, Grooms Seed, Ag-Mart, Leon River Mercantile, Brownwood Masonic Lodge and Brown County Abstract.

• Grand Champion Market Swine, shown by Jensyn Evans of the Brownwood FFA, purchased for $16,000 by Terry and Holly Burnett, Grimsley Electric, Bob’s Fuels, Dr. Glenn Rogers and Farm Bureau — Brown County.

• Reserve Grand Champion Market Steer, shown by Ethan Sanchez of the Bangs FFA, purchased for $13,000 by Buddy and Holly Geib.

• Reserve Grand Champion Market Rabbit, shown by Cash Whisenhunt of the Zephyr FFA, purchased for $3,500 by Bruner Auto.

• Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb, shown by Hayden Schroeder of the Early FFA, purchased for $7,500 by Wright Asphalts and Products, Blue Stem Ranch, Citizens National Bank, Brownwood Masonic Lodge, Cash Texas and Driver Land and Cattle Co.

• Reserve Grand Champion Market Swine, shown by Blaze Cozart of the Early FFA, purchased for $7,500 by Bob’s Fuels, Dr. Glenn Rogers, Farm Bureau — Brown County and Citizens National Bank.

Additional details on the Brown County Youth Fair and the Premium Sale will be included in a special section published in the Bulletin on Sunday, Jan. 19.