She said she plans to use the money she made toward her scholarship fund, hoping to one day work with agriculture — perhaps as a county extension agent.
“She wants to go to A&M,” her mother said. “That's what she's using it for. She's saving her money for that.”
In fact, Barnett said she plans to keep showing steers and already has some lined up for next year — “got them about a month ago,” her mother noted.
All Star Ford dealer Fernando Varela said he bought the grand champion steer to support the students in the community.
“We just like to invest the money back into the community for the people that support the dealership and our business; we like to give something back,” Varela said. “We think it's good for education and for the kids that spend all the time raising the animals and getting ready for the show. We like to encourage them to do that and continue their education.”
Each year, the show brings in thousands of dollars to help local students, while marking the end of another year of hard work for hundreds of exhibitors, parents, 4-H leaders, FFA teachers and volunteers.
Other grand champions that sold are as follows:
• Grand champion rabbit — Neches FFA member Ashleigh Wilbanks, purchased by MKS Services for $850.
• Grand champion broiler — Westwood FFA Alyssa Barnett, purchased by Bodi Services LLC for $1,100.
• Grand champion goat — Cayuga 4-H member Shelby Swinnea, purchased by Walmart for $2,000.
• Grand champion lamb — Cayuga 4-H member Shelby Swinnea, purchased by Anadarko Petroleum for $1,600.
• Grand champion swine — Neches FFA member Kelsee Wade, purchased by Wade apartments for $4,250.
• Grand champion jr. commercial heifers — HBC 4-H member Jacy Rogers, purchased by Ed Armour for $5,000.
• Grand champion sr. commercial heifers — Slocum FFA member Kelsey Kellum, purchased by Cold Creek Construction for $10,600.