Hogs and sheep and goats – oh my.

The yellow-brick road in Somervell County led straight to livestock Friday and Saturday, where local youth showed the best of their breeds and demonstrated showmanship skills at the 54th Annual Somervell County Youth Fair.

The best breeds and showmen were named in each class, with the winners taking the cake and a few donated prizes, which included custom belt buckles.

Clark Cole, president of the Somervell County Youth Fair Association, said the annual event is a family function, which teaches students responsibility.

It is an activity that draws families together,” Cole said. “It is pretty much a year-long responsibility for most of the (children) involved.”

And the youngsters enjoy the added responsibility, which despite the early mornings and late evenings of work,  often results in fun.

It’s my first year (to show),” said 17-year-old Will Richards. “A bunch of people told me how fun it was and I had seen them show before.”

Richards, a junior at Glen Rose High School, decided to take a chance and show hogs this year and even competed in the Senior Showmanship competition.

I’ve (enjoyed) it a lot,” Richards said. “I will definitely show (next year).”

Speaking with veteran showers, like 11-year-old Emileigh Cantwell, makes it obvious why students enjoy showing.

I like winning stuff,” Cantwell laughed.

Cantwell, a fifth grader in Glen Rose who competed in the Junior Showmanship competition, has been showing for two years and shows goats and hogs.

Pigs are my favorite,” Cantwell said. “You don’t have to work with them as much and I like trotting them around. Goats are more work and you have to work with them more often. If you don’t, you wont know how strong they are.”

Last week’s Youth Fair had no shortage of winners. The grand champion steer belonged to Rhett Rabenaldt. Weighing in at 1,375, it sold to H&H Storage and Howard Electric for $5,000. Sloan Williams’ grand champion swine brought $3,000 to the table for its 270 pounds from Don Gill, First Financial and Crystal Plaster.

Preston Shuffield’s grand champion lamb, weighing in at 134, was purchased by McAnear Construction and MSCS for $1,800. The grand champion goat, belonging to Chasen Sowders, tallied $1,750 for its 79 pounds from Brad Allen, First Financial Bank and Crystal Plaster.

The grand champion rabbit was awarded to Tack Sims and brought $1,000 from American State Bank and Sanders Propane. Emma Turner’s grand champion poultry tallied up $850 from David’s Supermarket.

The reserve champion steer was awarded to Jake Sharber and brought $2,750 for its 1,315 pounds from First Financial Bank, Spikes and Dinosaur Construction. The reserve champion swine, which belonged to Reece Nickell and weighed 273 pounds, sold for $2,000 to Bustin Ind., First Financial Bank and McAnear.

American State Bank and Paluxy River Realty paid a combined $1,750 for Jenny Jones’ reserve champion goat, which weighed in at 87 pounds. Bustin Ind. And Dr. Sharber paid in $1,400 for Ty Campbell’s reserve champion lamb, which weighed 156 pounds.

The reserve champion poultry, belonging to Demarise Barber, and rabbit, belonging to Shelby Bybee, each sold for $900. The poultry was paid for GR Discount Drug, Judge Walter Maynard and Judge Wayne Bridewell. The rabbit was purchased by Luminant.

The Swine Senior Showmanship Award was given to Sloan Williams and the Swine Junior Showmanship was given to Bailey Holder. Chasen Sowders was awarded the Goat Senior Showmanship while Kelli Crabtree was awarded the Goat Junior Showmanship. Jake Sharber was awarded the Beef Senior Showmanship and Kate Rabenaldt was awarded the Beef Junior Showmanship.

Jeff White received the J.O. Pruitt Memorial Award for Outstanding 4?H member. Katie McAnally received the Clyde Sexton Memorial Award for Outstanding FFA member. Lindsey Livingston received the D.O. Timmerman Memorial Award for Outstanding FCCLA member. The Top Hand Award, which is given to individuals in the junior and senior categories who are not only taking care of their

business but also helping in any area that the committee determines to be above and beyond, were awarded to Chas Campbell (Junior Top Hand) and Caleb Williams (Senior Top Hand).