The Walker County Livestock Show is a staple in the community as young people learn valuable lessons that will help them build bright futures.

Thursday night at the Premium Sale, local residents, businessmen and organizations showed local exhibitors that their many hours of work and dedication to their projects were worthwhile by putting some big bucks in their pockets.

New Waverly High School student Taylor Bennett has been showing commercial heifers for seven years. She finally reached the pinnacle this time around by capturing grand champion honors. Bennett’s three heifers, which have been exposed to an Angus bull, sold for a whopping $22,000 to Huntsville Air Conditioning.

“This just feels great,” Bennett said after selling her heifers.

Bennett said she wants to follow the family tradition when she gets done with school, and she’s already off to a good start.

“I definitely want to stay in the cattle business for sure because my family has done it and I have grown up with it,” Bennett said. “I really like doing it.”

Brynn Thompson’s grand champion steer sold for $17,000 to Wiesner of Huntsville, Northside Baptist Church, Prosperity Bank and Woods Welding. 

Bill Fick Ford bought Lauren Klawinsky’s grand champion barrow for $8,000.

Homeland Properties, the Law Offices of Bennie Rush and Eastside Bunch teamed up to purchase Ashley McCaffety’s grand champion lamb for $10,000. Hannah Bilnoski’s first-place broilers went for $8,500 to McCaffety Electric and Lamya Lee’s champion rabbits were bought for $8,000 by the Law Offices of Bennie Rush.

Ten-year-old Kelsey Johnson was excited that her grand champion market goat sold for $10,000 to First Financial Bank. She really enjoyed getting to go to all the shows and has big plans for her earnings.

“I’m going to put it into my college fund,” said the fourth-grader, who is currently leaning toward either Sam Houston State or Texas A&M.

Kendyll Williams’ reserve grand champion steer was sold to Huskey Trailer for $8,500. The Cody Johnson Foundation purchased MaClaye Hatcher’s second-place hog for $7,500.

Seth Adams reeled in $10,000 from B&R Productions and Axiom Drill and Hone for reserve champion lamb. Rockin’ D Services bought Benjamin Williams’ reserve champion chickens for $5,000.

Ward Furniture purchased Darmesha Evans’ second-place rabbits for $4,000, while Madison Andrews’ reserve champion commercial heifers sold for $8,500 to REB Tex Land.

Cade Johnson’s goat was the final reserve champion to go on the auction block Thursday and it was bought by B&R Productions and United Machine Works for $10,500.

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