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A record year for the Junior Livestock Show

by David Arny

When the last gavel fell, participants at this year’s Bandera County Junior Livestock Show and Sale had brought in over $201,000.00, according to Billy Griffin, Secretary/ Treasurer of the BCJLSA. The first place grand champion steer and market lamb each earned higher prices than they did at last year’s auction.

The 2006 grand champion steer, owned by Emily Jennings, was sold to the Dove Mountain Ranch for a then-record price of $5,750. This year, Laura Zinsitz’s first place-winning market steer fetched her $6000 from Stephen Montgomery, owner of the new Bandera Bar and Grill. Sterling Yurrita doubled the amount paid to him in 2006 for his grand champion market lamb- $2000- to the $4000 he won in the same category of this year’s competition, where The Bandera Chamber of Commerce made the final bid.

The 2007 winners of the Alton Reinenger Memorial Award for volunteers of the year, presented by the board members of the BCJLSA, were Carey Poe Reed and Mayor Denise Griffin. Also honored with special awards were Jason Mangold, who won both the Larry Bauch Agriculture Citizenship Award for academic achievement and community service and the Lee Turner Memorial Stockman Award; Nicole Stewart, who won the Senior High Point Individual Award as well as the Sixth Annual Cindy Kline Memorial Horse Award ( for a second year ) ; Corey Flach was awarded Junior High Point Individual; Samantha Williams won the Masonic Lodge Achievement Award, in which 4H and FFA leaders pick the hardest-working youth participant. Annie Fried was given the Hubert Mazurek Agricultural Award and the MR Sandidge Courtesy Award was given to Seth Saathoff, Katie Mangold and Jason Mangold for the extra work they did evenings and weekends in preparation for this year’s show and sale.

The Courier salutes these area young men and women who have obviously spent countless hours in the pursuit of excellence. They are truly the best of the best, representing what young people can accomplish when they are highly motivated and receive the necessary support from their family, their teachers and the community at large.