2017 Tulsa State Fair Junior Livestock Auction Showcases 147 4-H and FFA Members Who Made the SaleFri, 06 Oct 2017 06:38:23 CDT
The 2017 Tulsa State Fair Junior Livestock Show's finale was held on Thursday afternoon and into the evening at Ford Truck Arena- and one of the most familiar faces to the annual Junior Livestock Sale of Champions was missing- LC Neel was unable to attend the 2017 renewal of the event due to declining health concerns- but he sent his checkbook and the LC Neel family were a part of the consortium that purchsed the Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Steers.
A year ago, it was told by sale officials after LC Neel was announced as being one of the buyers of the Grand Champion Market Steer- that the long time supporter had invested over one and a half million dollars in the lives of young people by buying animals at the Junior Livestock Show over the last several decades.
One young man who has started the annual sale before returned to lead off the 2017 sale- Baylor Bonham of Newcastle FFA showed the Grand Champion Steer this week- and his Crossbred, named John, was the first animal into the sale ring on Thursday afternoon- and was bid up to $30,000- purchased by the LC Neel Family and McDonalds. Bonham owned the best Steer at the Tulsa State Fair in 2013- when he was still showing as a 4-H member at the tender age of 13. We talked with Baylor before the sale- and our audio overview of the evening includes comments from him and his successful show career that has included winning the Tulsa show, the Oklahoma Youth Expo in 2016 and competing at the American Royal in Kansas City, the North American in Louisville and the National Western Stock SHow in Denver, among others.
Click on the LISTEN BAR below to hear our overview.
The other Grand Champions that sold after the Grand Steer included:
Grand Champion Barrow- Garret Wellden, Guthrie FFA- $12,000 to Mabrey Bank
Grand Champion Market Lamb- Brantlee Cox, Morrison FFA- $10,000 to Cherokee Pride Construction and AFR
Grand Champion Market Goat- Allie McCracken, Claremore FFA- $10,000 to McDonalds and Okla Farm Bureau
Grand Champion Broiler- Kelton Dowdle, Bessie FFA- $4000 to Bank of Western Oklahoma and Ok Youth Expo
Reserve Grand Champions included:
Reserve Steer- Ashley Kunkel, Afton FFA- $20,000 to LC Neel Family, Paul Sizemore and Oklahoma Ag Credit
Reserve Barrow- Blaire Hawkins, Hinton FFA- $8,500 to McDonalds
Reserve Lamb- Madelyn Scott, Central Hight FFA- $7,500 to Cherokee Pride Construction
Reserve Goat- Tayen Redgate, Waynoka 4-H- $10,000 to Farm Credit of Western Oklahoma
Reserve Broilers- Lauren Bilderback, El Reno FFA- $3,200 to Expo Serve and Friends
A total of 147 animals in the four species shown on Tuesday and Wednesday were in the Sale of Champions on Thursday.
Click here for our earlier story that includes a list of the Breed Champions and Reserve Champions from this week.
We have also set up a FLICKR page for our pictures from Wednesday and Thursday at the Show and thenn the Sale- Click here to check them out.
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