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Record sale, crowds at Fair

Livestock show totals $218,200; two-night crowd estimate is 15,000
By MIKE BROWN
Reporter Editor

The biggest sale and the second biggest crowd.

Those are among the many highlights of the 35th annual Rockdale Fair which wrapped up Saturday night with a whopper of a livestock sale to benefit Milam County FFA and 4-H youth.

The sale netted an all-time record $218,200, well above the old record of $201,766.75 set in 2007.

Headliners Easton Corbin and the Bellamy Brothers packed the park pavilion and beyond for Friday and Saturday night “dances” that became concerts since dancing space was hard to find between the park and Forest Grove.

Fair officials estimated a two-night crowd of 15,000, including 8,000 for Corbin’s Friday event and 7,000 for the Bellamies on Saturday.

“I’ve heard many Fair old-timers say the Friday crowd was the biggest since George Strait drew 13,000 at the 1983 Fair,” Billy Moreland, RFA president, said.

Between them the Bellamy Brothers and Easton Corbin put an estimated 15,000 music fans in Fair Park for Friday and Saturday night events that turned into concerts, since there wasn’t room to dance under the pavilion. Those are the biggest Fair crowds since George Strait’s 1983 appearance. Reporter/Marie Bakken Between them the Bellamy Brothers and Easton Corbin put an estimated 15,000 music fans in Fair Park for Friday and Saturday night events that turned into concerts, since there wasn’t room to dance under the pavilion. Those are the biggest Fair crowds since George Strait’s 1983 appearance. Reporter/Marie Bakken SUPERLATIVES— The sale left RFA officials grasping for superlatives to praise the area business community.

“When you take a step back and look at this, these business people have given $603,624 to these youngsters in the past three sales,” James Birkhead, sale chairman, said.

“Now that’s since Alcoa’s closing, since the national economy’s problems,” he said. “And yet our businesses keep coming out here, filling up this arena and supporting these kids.”

For t he t hird consecut ive year Luminant Buyers Group purchased the grand champion steer.

Rockdale Junior FFA’s Preston Dorman poses with his grand champion steer, purchased by Luminant- Bechtel-Becon buyer’s group for $10,518.75, plus $2,431.25 added money, $12,950 total. With Dorman are (from left) Katie Strelsky, Miss Texas Ashley Melnick, John Turner, Lori Fisher, Todd King, Miss Rockdale Fair Kathryn Dodd, Britta Byrd and Grayson Fincher. Reporter/Mike Brown Rockdale Junior FFA’s Preston Dorman poses with his grand champion steer, purchased by Luminant- Bechtel-Becon buyer’s group for $10,518.75, plus $2,431.25 added money, $12,950 total. With Dorman are (from left) Katie Strelsky, Miss Texas Ashley Melnick, John Turner, Lori Fisher, Todd King, Miss Rockdale Fair Kathryn Dodd, Britta Byrd and Grayson Fincher. Reporter/Mike Brown The 2010 grand champ was shown by Preston Dorman of the Rockdale Junior FFA and was purchased for $10,518.75, plus $2,431.25 added money, a total of $12,950.

LATE-COMERS— This year’s headliners proved so popular that gate keepers reported a steady stream of Fair-goers clicking the turnstiles at midnight both Friday and Saturday.

“This has been one of the most financially successful Fairs ever,” Moreland said. “We had tremendous crowds for the rodeos, probably the best crowd ever for a Fair on a Thursday night.”

Jaxson Barcak holds on in Thursday’s mutton-busting event. Jaxson Barcak holds on in Thursday’s mutton-busting event. Thursday included several “kid friendly” events, including a stick horse race and mutton busting.

In its sixth year, the Fair commercial heifer sale set an all time record, raising $47,445. Old record of $41,135 was set in 2007.

NEW BUILDING— There’s a new building at Fair Park, a 4,000-square-foot stock pen structure which went up in a hurry this fall, located just east of the main show barn.

“ The Fair A ssociation has donated many thousands of dollars worth of buildings to the city of Rockdale over the years,” Birkhead said. “We plan on continuing that.”

Persons and businesses who aided in the building effort were recognized prior to Saturday’s auction.

New 4,000-square-foot livestock pen building made its debut. New 4,000-square-foot livestock pen building made its debut. BBQ—Ba enjoyed their new electric plugs for the 2010 Fair. Under the Influence of Elgin won best overall honors.

New Salem HD Clubhouse hosted almost 500 entries in home economics competition.

There were pet shows, antique tractors, an afternoon long tractors show, carnival, classic and antique car shows, a parade and more.

“We had the biggest arts and crafts turnout in a decade,” Moreland said. “And we had perfect weather. It was just a record-setting Fair in a lot of ways.”

AT THE FAIR  Event-by-event results: BBQ cookoff, tractor pull, horseshoes and washers, parade, pet show, pig scramble, ag mechanics, auto show, and breeding meat shows, 5A.

 Rodeo photos, results, 8C.  Livestock show/sale, 6B, 7B, 3D.  Home economics division, 4B.  Photo pages 1B, 8B, 7C, 5D, plus more throughout this issue!


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