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With the 2014 Newcastle Bonus Auction in the books, three students the Pacer followed experienced varying degrees of success.
While not everyone made it to the Sale of Champions during the Mar. 1 show at the Newcastle Fair Barn, every student who took part this year left with an experience to benefit them in the future.
After riding high hopes in to the show in his first attempt at showing a pig, Price came away with a Champions mark for his Duroc Gilt, as well as a Champion Senior Showman in the Swine category. Price also took a first place finish in Class 1 Wether goats, though he lost out on a Champions rating.
“You can only put one animal in the sale,” Price said. “I made champion with my Duroc, but they picked two crosses to go to the sale, so unfortunately I didn’t make it with my pig.”
Spots in the sale of champions are limited due to a lack of buyers.
“We want to put everybody in, but we just can’t,” Price said.
Now, Price is preparing for next year, but first he plans to show at the Oklahoma Youth Expo in OKC later this month.
In the Hamp swine category, Hey finished with a second place showing in his class, and a sixth overall. Despite not taking a champion or reserve champion placing, Hey still went to that night’s sale with his Hamp, Roscoe.
Speaking before the sale, Hey was mum on how much Roscoe would draw from buyers.
“They don’t really have any premiums,” Hey said. “[Roscoe] was a little incoherent, but other than that he put on a good show.”
Hoping to draw $2,000 from the sale, Hey intends to show hog again next year. Dollar amounts from the Sale of Champions were not available by press time Tuesday.
In her final showing at the Bonus Auction, Fryar’s wether goat, Chief, was a little antsy during their showing, leading to a second place mark in her class.
“He wouldn’t brace, but overall [Chief] is doing better than he used to,” Fryar said.
Despite the second place showing, Chief went in for sale, with any proceeds “desperately needed” to help with Fryar’s tuition in the fall at Oklahoma State University.
As a graduating senior, going in for her final sale was “incredibly sad” for Fryar.
“I can’t believe I’m going in for the last time,” Fryar said, “It’s nerve-wracking.”
Once at OSU, Fryar does not intend to take part in FFA, focusing on a degree in Agribusiness. Fryar does hope to continue to help Newcastle FFA whenever possible.