It was a Fair to remember
Santa Claus “makes a list and checks it twice” and officials of the Rockdale Fair Association were checking totals from the 2011 livestock auction twice, three and four times Monday before they could believe their eyes.
In a “ way down” economic year the Rockdale area business community came up with $207,020 in support of Milam County FFA and 4-H youth.
“Honestly, we didn’t expect the sale to be nearly that strong this year,” James Birkhead, Rockdale Fair Association president, said. “It’s no secret what the economy has been like around here.”
For the second time in three years, Jonathan McAnulty of Cameron showed the grand champion steer. This time around he represented the Cameron FFA. Two years ago McAnulty represented the Cameron Junior FFA.
Luminant has now purchased the grand champion steer at four consecutive Rockdale Fairs.
LEGACY—“It’s pretty impressive when you look back at 36 fairs and see what these events have meant to the youths of Milam County,” Birkhead said.
The 2011 commercial heifer sale brought in $59,715, a new record.
LIGHTING—Birkhead said crowds were “good” but didn’t approach last year’s.
“ We had lots of comments about our new lighting around the park,” he said. “We have wonderful facilities and the new lights showed them off at night.”
An expanded barbecue cookoff area accommodated 78 teams, a record. Sofa King Good Cookers won best overall honors.
Team roping on Wednesday nights was well received with 125 teams participating and the top five average winners returning to the rodeo on Friday.
HIGHLIGHTS—The annual home economics competition drew 311 entries to the Fair Park clubhouse.
Miss Texas, Kendall Morris, was on hand for a number of Fair events but had to fulfill a previous engagement Saturday morning so Miss Texas Outstanding Teen 2011, Reilly Johannsen, filled in for her at the Fair Parade.
Miss Texas returned that evening for the livestock auction.
“Once again, it is the business community which stepped up and supported these youngsters with their generous contributions,” Birkhead said.
“It carried on well past the Saturday sale,” he added. “We had people throughout the day Sunday and in to Monday, contacting us and adding money.”
AT THE FAIR
. Event-by-event results: BBQ cookoff, horseshoes and washers, parade,
pet show, ag mechanics, auto
show, antique tractors, 5A.
. Rodeo photos, results, 8C.
. Livestock show, sale, 6C-7C.
. Commercial heifer show, sale, 2D.
. Home economics results, 5B.
. Photos throughout this issue!