Annual Youth Livestock Auction Kicks Off with Sale of Record-Setting Steer

Posted by Jason Sarna
2017 Grand Champion Steer
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The Youth Livestock Auction brings families and friends together for an occasion that benefits the community in addition to providing fairgoers with some good old-fashioned fun!

The 69th Annual Youth Livestock Auction kicked off with a record-setting sale of the 2017 Grand Champion Market Steer.

The prize-winning animal was purchased by Superior Trailers and the Big Tex Champion Club, making auction history with their highest bid of $140,000!

Grand Champion Steer, Tex sold for a State Fair of Texas record of $140,000! 🤠👏🏽🐂

Posted by State Fair of Texas on Friday, October 6, 2017

Approximately 3,200 entries from around the state competed for one of the 281 spots in the Youth Livestock Auction this year.

The students who earn a spot in the auction get to sell their animals to the highest bidder. Students then receive a previously-determined payment for their animal, with excess proceeds donated to the Youth Scholarship Program, which benefits students who have competed in youth livestock events at the State Fair of Texas, as well as students attending high schools in the Fair Park area.

After hundreds of steers and hours of judging, 12-year-old Tristan Himes of Sterling County 4-H took home the grand prize for his winning steer named Tex.

Other prize winners were as follows:

  • Mikala Grady of Johnson County 4-H sold her Reserve Grand Champion Market Steer to the State Fair of Texas Midway Concessionaires and Ride Operators for $92,000.
  • The Grand Champion Market Barrow, owned by Wade Appleton of McCulloch County 4-H, sold to the Briscoe and Carpenter families for $30,000.
  • Atmos Energy purchased the Grand Champion Market Lamb for $20,000 from Madison Peterson of Ira FFA.
  • The Grand Champion Market Goat, owned by Trey Harbour of Jonesboro FFA, went for $20,000 to the "Shooting for the Stars" Sporting Clay Committee.
  • Jacy Welch of Comal County 4-H sold her Grand Champion Market Broiler to Tom Thumb for $12,000.

Congratulations to all of the prize winners at this year's Youth Livestock Auction! For more information about the State Fair of Texas, you can visit their website or Facebook page.

Were you at the Youth Livestock Auction this year? If so, tell us about it in the comments section below!

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Annual Youth Livestock Auction Kicks Off with Sale of Record-Setting Steer