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Ag students rake in cash at Harrison County Farm City Week sale

By Bridget Ortigo
April 7, 2017 at 4 a.m.

Elysian Fields FFA student Kacee Gasper sold her grand champion steer to Jim Davis of Davis Chemical at the Farm City Week annual Livestock Sale on Thursday at Marshall Convention Center. See more photos at marshallnewsmessenger.com

Some East Texas FFA and 4-H students raked in some cash on Thursday during the annual Farm City Week Livestock Sale at Marshall Convention Center.

The students sell the animals they've worked to care for and raise throughout the past year and, in most cases, use the money to buy more animals for the next year or for college tuition.

Farm City Week's grand champion steer raised by Kacee Gasper, an Elysian Fields FFA sophomore, drew in $6,500 from Jim Davis at Davis Chemical.

Elysian Fields FFA third-grader Karleigh Robinson brought in $4,250 from Matt Moore at Marshall Ford.

The biggest livestock sale of the night came during the hog sale.

Hallsville FFA student Addisyn Horn sold her reserve champion hog for $10,000 to Dean Carter of Carter Ranch and Waskom FFA student Remington Talasek sold his grand champion hog to Matt Hughes of 3-H Ranch for $2,500.

Waskom FFA student Keithan Burns sold his grand champion lamb to Sam Baxter of McCool Smith Law Firm for $3,000 and Hallsville FFA student Allie Nance sold her reserve champion lamb to James Fyffe of Gibson National Bank for $2,000.

Waskom FFA student Cheyenne Earl sold her grand champion goat to Kristen Bird of C&C Oilfield Services for $2,250 and fellow Waskom FFA student Kaitlyn Woodman sold her reserve champion goat to Richard Traweek of Patterson Dodge and Toyota for $3,500.

Just in time for Easter, Marshall FFA student Nichole Painter sold her grand champion rabbits to state Rep. Chris Paddie for $2,000 and Harleton 4-H student Joseph Denton sold his reserve champion rabbits to Matt Moore of Marshall Ford for $1,000.

Harleton FFA student Haylea Murray sold her grand champion broilers to Rene Halbert of Double K Farms for $1,100 and Elysian Fields FFA student Karleigh Robinson sold her reserve champion broilers to Rickey Clark of Patterson Dodge and Toyota for $1,200.

The overall biggest sale of the night came with the students' Ag Mechanics projects.

Hallsville FFA student Luke Soules sold his grand champion 8 ft. adjustable hydraulic blade to Dean Carter of Carter Ranch for a jaw dropping $20,000 and fellow Hallsville FFA student Garrett Stovall sold his reserve champion soil separator to Dean Carter of Carter Ranch for $5,500.

In addition to the livestock sales on Thursday, the Harrison County Agri-Business, which sponsors Farm City Week each year, handed out more than $15,000 in scholarships to area students on Tuesday.

For more information about Farm City Week 2017, visit www.farmcityweek.com.

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