Businesses rally for community, kids

January 15, 2014

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Photos, stories of family living, goat, cattle show winners. inside.

Bids were down, and no records were set at the 59th Hood County Junior Livestock Show auction Saturday afternoon.

Still, the auction raised $306,500 for Hood County 4-H and FFA youngsters.

The total was $32,000 below last year, and the average high bid was $1,406, down $161.

However, livestock show officials were pleased, considering the challenges from 2013.

“I have heard a few folks say they thought since we did not break records or set high record prices it was not a success,” stock show announcer and County Commissioner Steve Berry said. “Hood County and Granbury had some terrible disasters this past year. May was the tornado, and later in the year we had the loss of a deputy and injury of a city officer.”

Also, many people turned out to support a fundraiser for former Granbury mayor Rickie Pratt who suffered a stroke.

“Every one of the same businesses who gave and bought on Saturday stepped up and helped during the recovery efforts and time of loss and need,” Berry said. “They are to be congratulated.”

He pointed out that some people helped feed the volunteers, others donated to Habitat for Humanity for rebuilding tornado-ravaged homes, and some gave live and silent auction items for families of officers.

“I think the businesses who bought did a great job and maybe had spent a lot of their money earlier in the year for nonprofits and charities,” Berry said. “I think it was a very successful sale and shows what a wonderful community we live in … records are made to be broken and in time will.”

Livestock raisers president David Massey pointed out that the bar was set “pretty high last year.” Six grand champion records were broken in the ’13 show.

“I think we had a pretty good show,” Massey said. “We had some good animals. We had a good sale. A lot of the buyers stayed the whole sale. That’s good. You’re helping all the kids that way.”

The indoor Courts Cleveland Show Barn has been a savior for the show.

“I looked around there during the auction,” Massey said, “and I can just imagine if we still had it down the hill. We couldn’t have gotten a third of them in there.”

The weather cooperated.

“I thought the weather was great for the whole show,” Massey said. “We got a little sprinkle (when rain was forecast).”

Saturday’s auction was on a spring-like day.

Livestock show officials already are planning for next year’s event, which will be the 60th.

“It’s time to get started,” Massey said.

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