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Records broken during La Vernia stock show

Records broken during La Vernia stock show
Best friends, Colton Bennett (left) and Clayton Matney display their Reserve Grand Champion awards for their goat and lamb they received at the La Vernia stock show last week.

By Sarah Young

LA VERNIA The hard economic times did not disrupt the success of the La Vernia Junior Livestock & Poultry Auction and Baked Foods show. This year’s sale total was estimated at $310,000.00 an increase of more than $60,000 from last year.

Earning grand champion titles for their animals exhibited March 1-2, include Zachary Balcar, rabbit; Bo Garcia, lamb (repeat winner from last year); Catrice James, turkey; Dalton Schwarz, broilers; Valerie Swygard, goat (also a repeat winner from 2011); Brock Gerlich, hog; and Kristen Klein, steer, earning the grand champion title for three years.

Winning the reserve champion banners include, Triston Summy, rabbit; Clayton Matney, lamb; Emily Ramzinski, turkey; Samantha Kravitz, broilers; Colton Bennett, goat; Chesney Halsey, steer; and Kayla Gladstone, hog.

All the grand and reserve champion exhibitors received $2,000 and more for their champion animals.

Champions in the swine breeding show included, Cross division - Kimberly Jacob; Duroc - Trace Venske; and Yorkshire - Megan Johnson. Reserve Breed Champion exhibitors were, Cross, Desirae Sodrok’s Duroc took the reserve champion title in the breeding show, while Kyler Puhlmann and Marisella Ramirez swine entries earned the reserve champion titles in Duroc and Yorkshire classes, respectively.

In the steer champion drive, Katy Sells was awarded the breed champion rosette for the exotic steer shown, while Theodore Popham earned the reserve breed champion honors.

Opening the March 3 auction, showmanship winners were announced as follows. Winners include for the junior division, Bo Garcia, lambs; Hunter Skrzycki, goats; Chesney Halsey, steers; Emma Kotzur, heifers; Trace Venske, swine; and Emma Weber, rabbits.

Senior showmanship winners include, Morgan Burns, lambs; Valerie Swygard, goats; Kristen Klein, steers; Leighton Robbins, heifers; Shaley Trammell, swine; and Claire Weber, rabbits.

Baked foods show, crafts

Exhibitors exhibited their baking skills and creativity March 1.

Carllie Allen earned the overall grand champion craft honors for a La Vernia Monopoly type game that she created and entered in the junior miscellaneous division.

Reserve champion went to Logan Recker with a woodwork project a curio display case.

Best of Show went to Kaylin Bratz for an iced cake in the senior division, marking her first champion win. Another first time champion was Kait Steele who won in the junior division with an un-iced cake. Both students will receive microwave ovens from Hoelscher’s Furniture in Floresville as part of their prize winnings.

The 2012 baked food and craft auction also exceeded last year’s total, with six additional items up for sale. The 38 items sold during the auction for a total of $11,850.

Thanks go out to those businesses, grandparents, and loyal supporters who helped each receive get a good bid.

Auctioneer Joey Tomlinson did another tremendous job March 3, with the sale continuing well into the evening. Larry Bauer assisted Tomlinson with closing out the auction sale.

A complete list of the businesses and individuals who participated in the auction when the sales sheets are printed within the La Vernia News.


No event could be successful without the support of its sponsors. Among the sponsors were GVEC - ribbons; Hochheim Prairie Farm Mutual Insurance, Branch 26 - food show trophies and champion banners; Crisp Reality and La Vernia Mills - scarves; Doug Wildenstein Farm Bureau agent for buyers’ banners and exhibitor towels; and Capital Farm Credit of Kenedy - showmanship buckles for the junior and senior divisions.

Thanks also to Pruski’s Market, Hartmann Distributing, GLI, Silver Eagle, HALO, Zigmond Livestock, James and Susan Pieprzica,, Authentic Trophies Taxidermy, Monelle and Leonard Trammell, David and Patti Skrzycki, and the La Vernia Chamber of Commerce for assistance with the hospitality booth.

The La Vernia Stock Show and Auction Sales Committees would like to say a big thank you to all who made the 2012 show and sale such a huge success.

Sarah Young is a member of the La Vernia Chamber of Commerce.

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