Ag mechanics makes comeback as county show begins Thursday

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Red River Chevy Dealers purchased the grand champion steer, raised by Ryan Crafton of Henrietta, for $2,200 during last year's Clay County Junior Livestock Show premium auction.

Red River Chevy Dealers purchased the grand champion steer, raised by Ryan Crafton of Henrietta, for $2,200 during last year’s Clay County Junior Livestock Show premium auction.

For the first time in more than a decade, the Clay County Junior Livestock Show and Youth Fair will include an ag mechanics competition.

The livestock show and youth fair begins Thursday, and continues through Saturday night, when county 4-H, FFA and FCCLA students auction off their projects. The event is held each year at the Perry D. Woods Agriscience Center at Henrietta High School.

Due to the inclusion of the ag mechanics competition, some adjustments have been made to the show schedule. Ag mechanics projects will be set up from 6-8 a.m. Friday, in the parking lot of the agriscience center. Judging will take place at noon Friday. There are about 15 entries expected.

The junior livestock show begins Thursday with cattle. Judging begins with heifers at 4 p.m. Market steers will be brought into the show ring 15 minutes after the conclusion of the heifer show.

 2013 Clay County Junior Livestock Show & Youth Fair Schedule of Events

Youth fair entries will be available for public display from 5-6:30 p.m. The youth fair is held in the Henrietta High School cafeteria, adjacent to the agriscience center.

Market hogs, rabbits and poultry will be judged throughout the day Friday, followed by sheep and goats, beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday.

The First National Bank of Byers will host a free chili dinner at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, prior to the youth fair and premium livestock auctions. The youth fair auction begins at 6:15 p.m., followed by the livestock auction at 7 p.m.

Last year, Ryan Crafton of the Henrietta FFA sold the grand champion steer for $2,200, to the Red River Chevy Dealers, but it wasn’t the highest bid of the night. Riley Investments of Weatherford purchased a steer owned by Klayton Hoff, a Clay County 4-H member from Henrietta, for $4,000.

In 2012, Kynlee Copeland of the Petrolia FFA sold the grand champion market hog to the First National Bank of Byers for $1,000. Kolton Beeler of the Henrietta FFA sold the grand champion meat goat to the Clay County Farm Bureau for $750. The grand champion lamb, raised by Austin Trent of the Henrietta FFA, sold to the Clay County Farm Bureau for $900. Jordan Davis, a Clay County 4-H member and student at Midway, sold the grand champion broilers to The Clay County Pioneer Sentinel. The grand champion meat rabbits, raised by Dayton Shook of the Bellevue FFA, fetched $450 from ClayTex Trophies.

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