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Smiley FFA sets records, 39 exhibits, $51,975 sales

NORTH FOREST – Hundreds of FFA supporters attended the 45th Annual Livestock Show & Sale last Thursday night, April 5th. It was the culmination of a year of learning and raising their animals for the students, under the direction of AG advisor Bill Dodd and new advisor Sheridan Hanszen. The FFA Event was held at the AG barn, on the campus of the original Smiley High School on Mesa Drive. On hand to support the students were members of the School Board and acting superintendent William Jones.
This year there were 39 exhibits, up from a total of 36 last year. Sales were brisk and spirited, as the auction proceeded under the direction of auctioneer Glenn Beckendorff. Exhibit Judges were Jeff McKnight, Steers and Swine; Shane Weldon, Poultry; and Suzanne Fulghum, Horticulture and Rabbits. This judging took place in the two days prior to the auction.

A new record total of $51,975 was set for the auction, with “add-ons” of $10,350 in addition to the base bids totaling $41,625. This compared to a total last year of $39,500. . Add-ons, a monetary contribution in addition to the auction bids, were made by Capital Bank $100 to each exhibitor, North Houston Bank $50, North Houston Greenspoint Chamber “Wranglers” $100 to senior exhibitors, and Kanes Western Wear.
Bidders this year included Steve Mead/Component Sales & Service, Capital Bank, Miss Henrietta, Melody Realty, Allied Waste, Ken & Pat Jones, Caldwell Watson Real Estate, AAA Plastics, Kane’s Western Shop, Westwood Fence Co., Elvin Franklin Insurance, Jed’s Ace Home Center, Bill & Margaret Ginder, Willie Taylor, FFA Booster Club, Missi Joplin, Beasley Tire, John McNeil, and Bill Dodd.