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It was a Fair to remember

Auction sale $207,020, second highest total ever
By MIKE BROWN
Reporter Editor


Nobody had a more memorable 2011 Rockdale Fair than Mason Leifeste of the Cameron 4 - H Club (above). Just two weeks after his sixth birthday he showed the grand champion lot in commercial heifer competition and the reserve champ market steer. Together Leifeste’s two lots of animals sold for $ 9,290. Luminant (below left) bought the grand champion steer from Jonathan McAnulty of the Cameron FFA for $ 10,965. Added money made the total $11,665. Memories were made all over Fair Park whether it was listening to country legend John Conlee (lower right) or just ‘monkeying around’ at the carnival. Reporter/Mike Brown and Marie Bakken Nobody had a more memorable 2011 Rockdale Fair than Mason Leifeste of the Cameron 4 - H Club (above). Just two weeks after his sixth birthday he showed the grand champion lot in commercial heifer competition and the reserve champ market steer. Together Leifeste’s two lots of animals sold for $ 9,290. Luminant (below left) bought the grand champion steer from Jonathan McAnulty of the Cameron FFA for $ 10,965. Added money made the total $11,665. Memories were made all over Fair Park whether it was listening to country legend John Conlee (lower right) or just ‘monkeying around’ at the carnival. Reporter/Mike Brown and Marie Bakken 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.

That’s the second highest total in Fair history. Last year’s sale was $218,200.

“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 fair’s market auctions have now raised $3,870,513.52,” he said. “ When you add in the commercial heifer sales and the baked goods, that total climbs to $4,146,908.52.”

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.

And 97 barrel racers competed Thursday, with the top five also returning to compete during Friday’s rodeo.

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.”


WINNERS—Debbie Bloxom (R) won the Fair’s Friday night barrel racing with a time of 16.387 and received $50 and a trophy buckle. The team of Neddie Cordona (L) and Stanley Garrison won the Friday team roping, with a time of 7.13, and received trophy buckles donated by Leroy Stephens of 2-S Feeds and Jason Barton of Crop Productions. WINNERS—Debbie Bloxom (R) won the Fair’s Friday night barrel racing with a time of 16.387 and received $50 and a trophy buckle. The team of Neddie Cordona (L) and Stanley Garrison won the Friday team roping, with a time of 7.13, and received trophy buckles donated by Leroy Stephens of 2-S Feeds and Jason Barton of Crop Productions. “A $200,000-plus sale under these economic circumstances certainly says a lot about how deeply the business community supports this effort and the youth of Milam county,” he said.

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!








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