“Sold for $11,000.” These three words brought tears to 17-year-old Cheyanne Bullock’s eyes.
This Krum High School senior’s pig brought in $1,000 more than Skylor Schertz’s Grand Champion Steer, also representing the Krum FFA.
As the bid grew larger, Bullock became more emotional.
“I was expecting to get $4,000 going in,” she said. “When the bid hit $8,000, I had tears running down my cheek, and when it reached the total sale price of $11,000, I completely lost it.”
Friends and family all chipped in to buy her pig, who won “First Place Cross” earlier in the week at the 38th annual Denton County Livestock Association Youth Fair, which concluded Saturday.
In her 10 years of showing, Bullock said this is the most she has ever raised.
“It was definitely surprising,” she said. “Being my senior year, I was wanting to go out with a big bang. I really wasn’t expecting everyone who I worked with all these years to do this for me, but it’s really appreciated.”
Bullock said she plans to use the funds to help pay for her education at Texas Tech University, where she plans to major in agricultural communications.
“I want to eventually be a public relations person for an agriculture company to help spread the word about the importance of agriculture,” Bullock said.
While this is her last year to compete before heading out west, Bullock said the day was bittersweet.
“This moment — today — definitely tops my list of best moment in show career,” she said Saturday.
Moments like this are what makes the show exciting year after year, according to many in attendance.
Suzanne Fulton, show superintendent, said most of the money the students raise is either used for school or invested back into their livestock.
She said depending on the age of the child is whether the money is used more for college or not. The amount raised, Fulton said, also factors in.
Her daughter, Taylor Terry of Ryan FFA, won the title of “Grand Champion Broiler” for the fourth straight year.
Terry, 13, said this is her fifth year to participate in the show. Her three chickens brought in $1,600.
The fair also honored a queen and a princess.
Kathy Modrow of Ryan FFA was named queen, while Morgan Johnson of Krum FFA was named the princess.
The candidates raised money by selling advance rodeo tickets, said Kippie Wilkinson, who coordinated the queen and princess competition. This year, the candidates sold more than $8,800 worth of tickets.
“This is all put back into the Youth Fair through scholarships, support and funding of the Youth Fair,” Wilkinson wrote in an e-mail.
Bullock said that while this may be her last year to compete, she will be coming back.
“I look forward to coming back from college next year and doing what I can to help keep the show going,” she said. “For now, I am really excited to be heading west.”