Records fall at Nixon-Smiley Livestock Show
Joshua Wilson — grand champion ag mechanics
NIXON -- Livestock shows often include competition among friends, but the Nixon-Smiley Livestock Show March 8-9 brought rivalry among siblings and a case of déjà vu for another exhibitor. By the time the bidding was over, four records had been broken.
Students from the Nixon-Smiley Consolidated Independent School District gave it their all as they exhibited everything from animals to crafts, ag mechanic projects, and baked foods during the Nixon-Smiley Livestock Show and Sale. Other activities included the Clover Kids Pee Wee Showmanship round and the announcement of the second Hall of Fame recipient.
Individuals and the business sector again supported the area youth, by bidding on animals, baked goods, and crafts, with auction proceeds totaling almost $98,796. Although the entries were down, of the 62 entries that sold in the auction ring, the items averaged $1,593.48, an increase of $234.83 per item over last year.
Old Chisholm Trail Drivers Queen Mariah Busselman assisted with the presentation of trophies and awards.
According to Janna Wheat, director of the Nixon-Smiley show, new records were set. While the grand and reserve champion lambs brought in more than last year, new records were set for the grand and reserve champion broilers, as well as grand champion rabbits.
“The big record breaker was the $4,000 turkey exhibited by Shelby Lay,” Wheat said. “That doubled last year’s sale price!”
Hailey Boatright led the way, exhibiting the grand champion steer in her last year of showing. Ironically, when she competed for the first time in 2004, Hailey also earned grand champion honors in the steer division. Wheat said that if you check the Nixon-Smiley Livestock Show Facebook page, “if you look closely in the back, it’s the same buyers [for Hailey for both years].”
Katheren Rawls took reserve champion steer honors, as well as the reserve champion record book winner. For the record book honor, she received a belt buckle and trophy.
Records also were broken in the broiler division. Seth Wynne’s and Devon Warzecha’s broilers earned grand and reserve champion, respectively. Each exhibitor earned more than $3,150.
Not to be outdone, Madi Holmes’ grand champion rabbit entry earned the young lady $2,250, while Raegan Atkins earned reserve champion honors in this division. She also earned grand champion record book for her rabbit project book.
In addition to their animals, the Boatrights brought sibling rivalry to the show ring. According to Wheat, Clayton Boatright earned grand champion steer honors last year, while his older sister, Hailey, took reserve. While Hailey’s steer won the division this year, she did not have her brother competing against her. All bets were off, though, when they competed in the swine division. Clayton, a seventh-grader, was one step above his older sister, taking grand champion market hog honors. Hailey, a senior, earned the reserve title.
Seth Wynne returned to defend and keep his grand champion title in the goat competition.
For the sixth year, the Clover Kids participated in “Pee Wee Showmanship.” Kindergarten children from Nixon or Smiley 4-H Clover Clubs had a chance to shine in the show ring.
“When it comes time to show, they ‘borrow’ another exhibitor’s animal, usually from a brother or sister,” Wheat said. Brad Brudegede, an animal science student at Texas A&M University and livestock judge for the Nixon-Smiley show, spoke to the up-and-coming exhibitors like he did with their older siblings.
Hall of Fame
According to Wheat, “Each year, we plan to award one or two individuals for their past and continued support and involvement with our livestock show, as well as their support for the youth in our area through agriculture.”
This year the honor went to Bubba and Nancy Jo Cook, “for their years and years of service to the Nixon-Smiley Livestock Show.”
The Cooks are the second recipients of the honor that started last year, when Buck Butler was recognized.
A perpetual plaque will be placed in the barn as future honorees of the Hall of Fame are added.