The show is over, but the money is here
By Nathan French
Things always seem good when you have money in your pocket. Many area youth now know that feeling, after the Bi-County Livestock Show Premium Sale. The 2010 Premium Sale was a huge success with sales totaling $351,558.85. In comparison, this year’s sale and last year’s sale brought in $75,000 more than the 2008 sale.
The money supports and rewards the local youth that choose to sell their animal at the Premium Sale. The event can be bittersweet; making a generous amount of money, but losing the animal you have spent the past year raising. However, those feelings often fade with the purchasing of next year’s show animal, or when the sale check is cashed. The money not only supports youth, but also illustrates that hard work does occasionally pay off.
The show also illustrates just how supportive the Dalhart community is. Compassion and generosity are evident at the Premium Sale; as the buyers and community come together to support the involved youth of the livestock show. This year 223 animals were sold at the Premium Sale with 245 buyers registered. The top buyer for this year’s sale was Gustin Equipment.
While the Premium Sale brings the close of the livestock show for many youth; some venture beyond and travel to other shows with their animal. Some entrants opt to keep their animal so that they may showcase their animal at other shows around the state. For those who sell their animal; the show is over, but the money earned allows them to cover their expenses of raising their animal and to purchase another animal for show the upcoming year.
The involved youth, show board members, Farm Bureau board members, county extension agents, county secretary, and area 4-H and FFA put on a great show this year and we at the Texan commend you all for your hard work and dedication. The Bi-County Livestock Show is an event that shows what determination and hard work can do; that not only is a “show worthy” animal produced, but an exceptional youth often also results from being involved with the show. Great job to all entrants of the Livestock Show for doing a great job of representing the local area, and showing just how great Dalhart people are.