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Auction wraps up 2012 Victoria Livestock Show (Video)

By ALLISON MILES
March 5, 2012 at 8:05 p.m.
Updated March 5, 2012 at 9:06 p.m.

Jason Garza holds up a prime cut from his grand champion lamb carcass as the auctioneers cry out bids higher and higher. He sold the carcass for $5,000.

Tips from the champs

Exhibitors' share their top tips for showing animals:

"Never give up. Keep on showing."

Isaac Gutierrez, grand champion market lamb

"Go out with a good attitude, and hope for the best."

Dustin Hempel, reserve champion sweepstakes heifer

"Take good care of your animal every day."

Chelsea Hernandez, grand champion carcass steer

"Make sure your broilers are always cool."

Kyle Korczynski, grand champion market broiler

"Never give up. Put your mind to it. Everything is possible with God."

Corey Lassmann, reserve champion market hog

"Smile. And if your broiler dies, don't worry. It'll be OK."

Jessica Loredo, reserve champion market broiler

"Stay calm, and do your best."

Jared Marek, grand champion market rabbit

"When you have good breeding rabbits, you'll usually get good rabbits."

Jonathan Marek, best single fryer

"It's hard work. Make sure you walk your hog at home."

Jordan Ulcak, grand champion market hog

HOW TO HELP

Still want to contribute add-ons to what exhibitors receive? It's not too late. For more information, call auction chairwoman Billie Hessler at 361-935-3116.

Every act needs a hype man, and, this year, the Victoria Livestock Show auction was no different.

Allan Parsons took his 11-year-old brother, Braden Parsons, into the ring with him to sell his grand champion steer. As Allan worked to calm the hulking animal, Braden did his part to rile the crowd into a bidding frenzy.

"Come on," he yelled when the bids slowed, his brother's banner clutched in his hand.

The Monday night auction, which took place inside the Victoria Community Center, marked the end of the 66th annual Victoria Livestock Show.

While Braden's encouragement helped bring in $16,000 from Atzenhoffer Chevrolet, First Victoria National Bank and Klean Corp. International, the auctioneers' mile-a-minute calls disturbed the visibly shaken animal.

The steer wasn't the only animal that didn't feel quite at home in the auction ring.

Jordan Ulcak's grand champion hog, which brought $8,000 from Victoria Business Friends, barreled out just as soon as the gates would allow, to the safety of the arena.

Jared Marek's grand champion rabbit, which sold to Victoria Outlaws for $4,000, also gave him a hard time, twisting and squirming to get out of the public eye.

"I was pretty calm," Jared said with a grin. "The rabbit wasn't."

While Kayla Friend's reserve champion market lamb behaved fairly well during the auction, bringing in $4,000 from The Specialty Group, it still munched on her light pink banner.

Kayla said she expected next year's auction to be more emotional because it will be her last one.

"It's a little sad," she said.

For several exhibitors, this auction ended their stock show careers.

Corey Lassmann's reserve champion hog, which brought in $4,500 from Victoria Business Friends, will help fund next year's college career.

The same was true for Amy Stasny's grand champion market goat, which brought in $6,000 from Chuck Cole and Friends.

"It'll go to school," she said, explaining that's what happens with every auction's intake. "All 10 years of it."

The $5,000 Katelyn Gutierrez's reserve champion goat, Paint, brought in from Atzenhoffer Chevrolet, Klean Corp. International and Allan's Wrecker Service also will fund next year's Victoria College education.

"I'm sad it's over, but excited," she said.

College savings weren't just for the high school seniors.

Carson Kabela, 15, plans to save up the $4,500 Atzenhoffer Chevrolet gave for his reserve champion market rabbit to eventually go on to the University of Texas.

Jason Garza, another Longhorn hopeful, took in $5,000 from Atzenhoffer Chevrolet, Klean Corp. International and Allan's Wrecker Service for his grand champion carcass lamb.

Kaylyn Matula's reserve champion carcass hog brought her $4,000 from Leita Farms Trucking for school, while Samuel Morris' reserve champion carcass steer brought $10,000 from Atzenhoffer Chevrolet, Klean Corp. International, Victoria Oliver Co., Strike Construction and First Victoria National Bank.

Chelsea Hernandez also got $10,000 from Victoria Business 5 for her grand champion carcass steer, to fund future academics.

Not everyone went in with a plan, though.

The $4,000 Logan Schunka got from Gulf Coast Buyers and Friends of Victoria County Youth for his reserve champion carcass lamb was much appreciated, he said, but he wasn't sure exactly how he would use it.

Other exhibitors planned to split their income between school and next year's projects.

Such was the case for Isaac Gutierrez, whose grand champion market lamb garnered $7,000 from Victoria Business Leaders. The 17-year-old, who won reserve champion the past three years, said it was nice to finally cinch a grand champion win.

Kyle Lassmann, whose grand champion carcass hog brought him $4,000 from The Specialty Group, also planned to split his money between school and 2013's animal. The eighth-grader said he was proud that he did so well at the auction, but he admitted he was a bit nervous.

He wasn't alone.

Kacey Deckert earned $9,000 from Atzenhoffer Chevrolet, Allan's Wrecker Service, Klean Corp. International and Victoria Oliver Co. for her reserve champion steer and said she experienced a mixture of nerves and excitement.

Jessica Loredo, who got $3,000 for her reserve champion broiler from The Specialty Group, said that, while she got nervous each year, she has grown more used to the auction process.

As for Kyle Korczynski, whose grand champion broiler got $5,000 from Victoria Business Leaders, he said he's found the secret to calming his nerves.

"When you find out the amount you got, you aren't nervous anymore," he said with a shrug.

Exhibitors weren't the only ones filling the community center on Monday.

Country Slaughter House owner Ronnie Otto made his way to the event to support the kids in the community.

"I do it every year," he said, pinning a "buyer" pin on his blue button-down shirt.

Rodney Horelka, a senior vice president with First Victoria National Bank, was part of the buyer group that purchased the grand champion steer.

He said First Victoria enjoys supporting the community and tries to be part of that first sale of the night every year.

"We take pride in it," he said. "We want to support the kids."

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