With numbers still being tabulated from the add-on monies and from general proceeds, this year’s auction and premium sale is expected to have brought in over $62,000 for the youth involved in 4-H and FFA in McCulloch County. With a final total of 181 kids entering over 500 animals in the week’s events, this year continues the trend of a steady increase in the number of youth involved in the Junior Livestock Show. Throughout the weekend, which consisted of a steady stream of shuffling hundreds of animals in and out of the show ring, judges continuously showered the participants with praises for their efforts in preparing and presenting their animals. When all was said and done, Lohn’s Lance Helberg walked away with the top bragging rights in both the steer and heifer classes. His entries were named grand champion in each classification. “This was not a large heifer show by some other people’s standards, but it was a good quality show,” said steer and heifer judge Lydell Meir of Stonewall. “I am really impressed with the quality of both the steers and heifers in this show. The kids really did a good job with the animals. The heavyweight American class was an especially good class and was tough to judge. There were a lot of really good steers.” In the sale ring Saturday night, Helberg’s grand champion steer was bought for $2,150 in a group effort by Oglebay-Norton Industrial Sands, Brady Rotary Club, First American Bank and Leatherwood Memorial Chapels. Helberg’s grand champion heifer was purchased for $1,300 in memory of Stephanie Whitworth by an anonymous bidder. Jenna Behrens and her hogs were once again at the top of the list in the market hog class as she presented the grand champion market hog and also the reserve grand champion gilt. The grand champion was purchased on the auction block for $1,000 by Jordan Cattle Auction while the reserve grand champion sold to the Fredonia Peanut Company for $650. Wendee Carlson also scored big by being the proud owner of the grand champion gilt that was bought by the Brady Lions Club and James Long Real Estate for $700 as well as the grand champion rabbit that brought $500 on the auction block from Norman Motors and Commercial National Bank. Zachery Jones stepped in and took over the top spot in the lamb category with his grand champion entry that sold for $900 to Jacoby Feed and Seed and Leatherwood Memorial Chapels. In the sheep classification, Tanya Swenson’s grand champion sheep was purchased by an anonymous bidder for $600. Abby Probst brought the grand champion Angora goat to the ring which sold for $600 while sister, Keely, entered the grand champion breeding meat goat which sold for $800, both to Probst Farms. Adam Jacoby made his appearance at the auction block with a grand champion meat goat that was purchased by Lone Star Barbecue for $1,200. Jay Behrens had the reserve grand champion steer which was purchased by Behrens Farms for $900 while Josh Behrens and his reserve grand champion market hog brought $650 from an anonymous bidder. Brady High School senior Zane Brandenberger sold his reserve grand champion heifer to Commercial National Bank and the Jones North Ranch for $700, and he was also presented with a $500 scholarship by Cap Rock Electric. Quentin Powell was recognized for his show efforts as he was awarded the Boy Work Horse Award and the Meat Goat Sr. Showmanship award in addition to being the owner of the reserve grand champion lamb. His animal brought a $900 premium from SureFed Feeds and Paridise Portables. First Ag Credit purchased Bailey Bozeman’s reserve grand champion sheep for $600. Robert Tetens and his reserve grand champion Angora goat brought a $500 premium from Jacoby Feed and Seed, Golding Motors and Evridge’s. Callie Koe Shelby presented the reserve grand champion meat goat which was bought by SureFed Feeds for $475. Jessica McAnally’s reserve grand champion breeding meat goat was purchased by Brady National Bank for $400 and Katie Kidd’s reserve grand champion rabbit went to Bob Moore Tire Company for $450. In all, 181 animals were sold on the auction block Saturday night. In the raffle drawing for a Kawasaki Bayou four-wheeler and for cash prizes, Jeremy Huekel’s name was pulled from the box of entries. He opted to take the $2,500 cash and the Bayou was auctioned off and purchased by Jason Jacoby for $3,000. Lohn’s Roger Geise was the name called for the $500 cash prize and Jeffrey Friar won the $250 cash prize. For some participants in this year’s event, it was just the beginning as they prepare for bigger stock shows in places like Fort Worth and Houston. For others, the money they received from Saturday’s premium sale will go into the bank, hopefully to purchase next year’s potential award-winning animal.