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NETLA show, sale best ever

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News-Telegram Staff Writer
    Although the final numbers are still being added up, the totals at midday Monday indicate the 2013 Hopkins County Junior Market Livestock Show and the Sale of Champions will be the biggest and best ever.
    In the Sale of Champions last year, the total dollar amount of the sale reached almost $225,000. This year's sale, according to North East Texas Livestock Association President Kevin Gibson, raised considerably money for the exhibitors.
    “We had an amazing sale and over $275,000 was invested in our Hopkins County youth,” Gibson said Monday morning. “Thank you for all of your support and hard work to gather funding to make this sale possibly the best yet.”
    Maycee Potts, of Sulphur Bluff FFA, saw her Grand Champion Steer sell for $5.40 per pound for  a total price of $6,291. Cheyenne Gray, Cumby FFA, received $4.20 per pound for her reserve grand champion steer for a total price of $4,935.
    In conjunction with the Hopkins County Junior Livestock Show and Sale is the awarding of no less than two scholarships to exhibitors, who will be candidates for graduation in the spring, have participated in the show and sale for at least two years and meet the requirements of the scholarship program.
    The 2012 Sale of Champions netted $224,675 and this year's total has exceeded $275,000 and is indicative of the continued and growing interest in the youth of Hopkins County and in providing incentive, learning opportunity and business experience to become future leaders of this county through the annual Hopkins County Junior Livestock Show and Sale.




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