The 57th Annual Somervell County Youth Fair blazed a trail to success.  

The county show got started Friday at the expo center, which staged two days of action and added up to an estimated annual income of $120,000.

Youth fair association treasurer Craig Dodson addressed commissioners Monday, saying the event was  more successful than the last.

He said the livestock premium sale brought in more than $93,000 after a successful bake sale where bidders delivered sweet rewards of more than $4,500. Dodson also said two raffles - one to win a pig and another for a ton of feed - added up to a  little less than $8,000.

The show welcomed entries from county 4-H and FFA members as well as several from North Central Texas Academy, formerly Happy Hill Farm Academy.

The youth faced off for bragging rights in livestock, including swine, goat, sheep, cattle, rabbit and poultry entries as well as art, food and project divisions. Months of hard work culminated in the arena, where the dedication led to the award of grand champion, reserve grand champion and best of show titles.

Dodson said in all, almost 100 lots crossed the auction block and community members anted up with individual and group buyers and the county buyers pool, delivering the rewards.

Association officers, which also include President Marty Starnes, Vice President Todd Cantwell, and Secretary Joel Campbell agreed that it takes a community of volunteers, parents and youth to make the annual event a success.

Extension Agent Shawn Davis, who took the helm of the local 4-H program on Oct. 1 was also pleased with the outcome.

"I am very proud of all my 4-H kids and all their hard work they put in to their projects," he said. 

Most students begin working with their livestock projects in June or July and juggle school work and other extracurriculars between early mornings and late nights at the barn.