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2012 stock show auction raises record amount


March 6, 2012 at 6:05 p.m.
Updated March 5, 2012 at 9:06 p.m.

Milton Greeson and Manny Villarreal with Atzenhoffer Chevrolet work out a team effort before bidding on the next animal up for auction.

The 2012 Victoria Livestock Show didn't go out with a bang this year, but with a broken record.

Unofficial totals show the Monday night auction brought in $569,800, an all-time high, said Billie Hessler, the show's auction chairwoman. That's up almost $60,000 from 2011's $509,950.

An additional $119,000 in add-ons also flowed in, she said, while calls continued rolling in Tuesday.

"It is a record-breaking year," Hessler said. "I feel like it was a great success."

The auction wasn't the only aspect that saw growth.

This year's county fair saw 74 entries, up from 2011's 52, said Traci Shadle, the county fair chairwoman.

Its Saturday silent auction, a first for the fair, also allowed the grand, reserve and best of show winners to make a bit of money.

"It went pretty well," Shadle said, noting she hoped to spread the word of the silent auction a bit more next year. "Not a whole lot of people knew it was there, but we will definitely do it again."

Victoria Jaycees President Dian Patterson said she felt this year's integration between show personnel - the group was known collaboratively as the Victoria Livestock Show Volunteers - was another success.

Just because the auction is over, however, doesn't mean the stock show itself is at an end.

People were still disassembling animal pens, finishing invoices and returning equipment on Tuesday, she explained, and work would not be complete until month's end.

As for next year's show, Patterson said plans were already under way.

It might be a lot of work, she said, but it's worth it.

"Someone did it for me when I was a kid," she said, explaining she participated in 4-H. "Someone took the time for me 15 years ago, so why not give it back? Why not pay it forward?"



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