Refugio County Livestock Show marks end of long season
March 26, 2013 at midnight
Updated March 25, 2013 at 10:26 p.m.
REFUGIO - The mile-a-minute auctioneer calling out over the packed Padilla Hall on Saturday meant more than the end of the 2013 Refugio County Livestock Show. For many participants, the auction marked the end of a long stock show season.
That end brought mixed feelings among this year's participants.
Peyton Levien, who won grand champion steer, said Saturday marked a chance to stop and breathe. It was a welcome sight after three straight weeks of shows.
The 12-year-old shows at a number of the major shows.
"We've just been going and going," said the girl, whose heifer won first in its class at the Houston show. "I'm ready to relax."
For Cecilia Bauer, a Refugio High School senior who finished her last show with a market rabbit reserve champion win, the end was bittersweet. While she said she was sad it was over, she finally won showmanship.
"I've shown for seven years and that was always my goal," she said. "It feels really good."
She said her plan now is to continue another passion in life - softball. She was recently accepted to Houston Baptist University, where she will play for their team.
Logan Myers, who at 18, is also done competing, agreed that the show's end was both joyful and sad.
"I'm excited to go to college and use the money I've earned," said Myers, who won grand champion with his broilers. "Right now, I just plan to sit down, relax and reflect on how I did this year."
For others, however, the show must go on.
Reagan Ruddock, who shows heifers year-round, said the show's end simply means it's time to continue on with her other projects. The home-schooled student ventures to shows outside the state, including Mississippi, Kentucky, New Mexico and others.
"There's no break, but I love it," said Reagan, who won reserve champion with her broilers. "I wouldn't want to do anything else."
Kodye Neel, who won grand champion for his market lamb, agreed. The 13-year-old, who also competed at a number of major shows, said now is the time to shop for next year's animals.
As for Kyra Klare, whose turkeys brought her both a grand and reserve champion win, she said she was ready to relax but might also consider getting into other animals.
On Saturday, however, her immediate plans included getting used to the idea that her turkeys - grand champion, Tom Hardy, and reserve champion hen, Baby Girl - were no longer around.
"You might not think so, but they grow on you," she said. "I'll miss them."