The sale was kicked off by the annual Buyer's Bar-B-Que Supper which offered delicious home-cooked sausage, brisket, baked beans and banana pudding for dessert. After the supper attendees gathered around a smaller show ring where students brought their animals in to be auctioned off for price by pound. Local radio personalities Don Lane and Dick Fontana helped in announcing the animals, bids and premium sales.
Several awards were also given before the actual auction began. Some of these included: Herdmanship Awards - Lamb and Meat Goats, Eldorado 4-H and FFA; Swine, Navajo 4-H and FFA; Beef, Altus 4-H and FFA; First Place Stocker Heifers, Jarrod Moreau, Altus; First Place Stocker Steers, Shelby Vinyard, Altus; Records Awards - Steers, Shelby Vinyard, Altus; Heifers, Kaden McCombs, Navajo; Junior 4-H Top Individual award - Whitley Kay, Altus 4-H; Senior 4-H Individual award - Kyle Hankins; Top 4-H Junior Team award, Eldorado 4-H team; Top Senior 4-H Team award, Altus 4-H team; Top FFA Individual award, Kelby Wallace; Top FFA Team award, Navajo FFA team.
The Jim Holder Showmanship Scholarship this year went to Dillon Butchee of the Navajo FFA. The scholarship was presented by Holder's two daughters, Kari Pryor and Diane Chowning.
"The winner of this scholarship expresses the qualities our dad respected," said Pryor. She said the award is given judged by hard work, sportsmanship and showmanship. It is a $1,500 college scholarship that can go to the college of their choice.
A full list of winners and awards will be run later this week in the Times.