Baked goods were a big hit at the 53rd Annual Somervell County Youth Fair. With more than 90 entries, students showed off their talent for baking pies, fudge, cookies, pretzels and even beef jerky.
Ashilen Douglas won Best All Around Food and Craft with her caramel pecan sticky rolls. The sweet rolls were sold at auction for $225 to Three Rivers and On the Rocks.
Shelby Tankersley won Best of Show for grades nine through 12 with her apple pie. The pie was auctioned off and brought in $210 from Cactus Creek Homes.
Tressa D’Angelo won Best of Show for grades six through eight with her Devil’s Food fudge cake with cherry filing.
Kaitlyn Rabenaldt won Best of Show for grades third through fifth. Her granny’s apple pie brought in a bid of $260 from H&H Storage.
Seventh-grader Sloan Williams competed in the food division for the first time this year. Last year, Williams took home the title of Grand Champion in the swine division.
Her banana cake, decorated with cream frosting and sliced almonds, brought a winning bid of $270 from First Financial Bank.
Several of the yummy treats drew bids of nearly $200, including Lexi Crabtree’s Tiger butter and Jake Jones’ Chocolate pound cake. Crabtree’s fudge went for $180 to Cactus Creek Homes and Jones’ cake went to Pat Bruce for the same amount.
Most students received bids in the $250 range. Hailey Allen auctioned her fudge cake for $230 to Brad Allen. Mike Williams won an Original Baker’s German Sweet Chocolate cake by Maci Sowders for $270.
Bidding really started to get heated about halfway through the auction.
Kathryn McCravey’s Carrot Cake Delight went for $300 to Cactus Creek Homes.
One of the event’s big winners was Baylie Plaster. She baked Maw’s Plain Pound Cake that was auctioned off for $310 to First Financial Bank.
A total of 28 students auctioned off their baked goods at Saturday’s fair. The enthusiastic support of those who attended the auction was appreciated by all of the students who participated.
And the winners of all those tasty treats made off with some great winnings as well.
The livestock portion of the show was also a success.
Brenda Sharber on the Sale and Buyer’s Pool Committee was nervous the economy would keep bidders home this year.
“We were down from last year,” Sharber said.
Last year, the livestock show brought in $113,700. Sharber said donations for this year’s show was approximately $88,000.
The grand champion steer went for $10,000 at auction in 2007 and 2008. Jake Sharber sold his champion steer for $5,800 this year.
But despite lower numbers, Sharber said the children had a good time competing and many are looking ahead to the Fort Worth Stock Show next weekend.