Record sale, crowd of 10,000 highlight Fair

Auction total $227,415 for area youth
Reporter Editor

The only “shortage” connected with the 2012 Rockdale Fair just may be in the vocabulary of directors in reaching for superlatives to describe its success.

After a record $227,415.69 livestock sale and a crowd estimated at 10,000 or more for Saturday’s Steve Wariner appearance, they’re taking a breather after one of the more rewarding Fairs in its 37-year history.

“There really aren’t words to say just how much we appreciate the continuing support of the area businesses, organizations and groups who came out and backed the FFA and 4-H youth of Milam County,” James Birkhead, Rockdale Fair Association president, said.

The 2012 sale broke the old record of $218,200 set in 2010 and was the third consecutive year the sale has surpassed $200,000.

Since its inception in 1976, the sale has netted $4,097,929.21 for area youngsters.

“And when you add in the commercial heifer sale, baked goods, ag mechanics and scholarships, the Fair effort has raised well over $4.5 million for these kids,” Birkhead said.

MORE RECORDS—The 2012 Fair featured the biggest commercial heifer show in its eight years, $64,345.

Mason Leifeste of the Cameron 4-H club showed the grand champ for the second straight year.

This year’s barbecue cookoff drew 83 teams, the largest in Fair history. “We’re maxed out,” event chair Paul Johnson said. “We would have taken more if we’d had room.”

Saturday night’s crowd for county star Wariner, accompanied by Sunny Sweeney, was estimated as “at least 10,000, maybe even a little higher” by Kristi Moreland, vice-president of accounting.

“It was up there with the crowd we had for the Bellamy Brothers a couple of years ago,” she said.

“And we had the biggest crowd for Thursday night we’ve had in many years,” she said.

Thursday was karaoke night at the pavilion and Restless Heart performed Friday.

Standing room only crowds packed the Roping & Cutting Club Rodeo Arena both

AT the Fair

. Event-by-event results: BBQ cookoff,
horseshoes and washers, parade, ag
mechanics, auto show, antique tractors, pig scramble, tractor pull, 7A.
. Rodeo photos, results, 8C.
. Livestock show, sale, 2D-3D.
. Commercial heifer show, sale, 1D.
. Home economics results, 2B.
. Photos throughout this issue!

nights. A special guest was legendary rodeo clown Leon Coffee, who also participated in Saturday’s parade.

VERSATILE—The 2012 Fair’s grand champion steer was exhibited by Tyler Vrazel of the Cameron FFA, who certainly showed off his versatility.

Vrazel also had the senior grand champion cookies in the Fair’s bake show.

He got to sell those, too.

Miss Texas 2012, DaNae Couch, returned to participate in Fair activities including Saturday’s parade and livestock show.

There was an arts and crafts sale, home economics competition, horseshoe and washer tourneys, tractor pull, classic and antique car shows, food booths galore and some perfect weather.

“This Fair is like a homecoming each year for so many,” Birkhead said. “None of this would be possible without the continued support of the community.”

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