2021 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ Junior Market Poultry Auction
At the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Junior Market Poultry Auction, donors showed their support for hardworking Texas youth. The private event was held at NRG Center Friday, May 14.
Roger Camp, Julie and Alan Kent, Bob Van Matre, and Lynda and Jim Winne purchased the Grand Champion Junior Market Pen of Broilers, shown by El Campo senior Makensie Till, for $145,000.
“These kids are our future, and this is a good way for us to give back,” said Camp. “It’s a blessing and we thank you for giving us this opportunity; we’re really proud of them.”
The Grand Champion Junior Market Turkey, exhibited by 11-year-old Amber Ellebracht from La Vernia, Texas, sold for $135,000 to Jennifer and Doug Bosch, Chad Clay, Robin Young-Ellis and Joe Ellis, and Greg Willbanks and Misty Robertson.
“We just wanted to give back; this show is so great to everybody,” said Willbanks. “It’s really for the kids; it’s the future of our country and it’s why we’re all here.”
Reagan Greer, from Spring FFA, exhibited this year’s Reserve Grand Champion Junior Market Pen of Broilers, purchased by Deborah Adams and Ron Logan, Judy and Tyson Kennedy and Nancy Kennedy, Mach Industrial Group, and Shirley and Randy Meyer for $125,000.
“It just feels great to give back to the kids that are showing here,” said Tom Mach. “I’ve always wanted to give back, we’ve been blessed to do this, and it just feels good to do this for the kids.”
Fifteen-year-old Jace Burkholder, from Boerne, Texas, sold his 2021 Reserve Grand Champion Junior Market Turkey for $135,000 to Jeffrey David Aronoff, Greg Miller, Billy Parker and Shawn A. Smith.
When asked why they chose to purchase this year’s Reserve Grand Champion, Greg Miller said the kids were the answer.
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo promotes agriculture by hosting an annual, family-friendly experience that educates and entertains the public, supports Texas youth, showcases Western heritage and provides year-round educational support within the community. Since its beginning in 1932, the Rodeo has committed more than $500 million to the youth of Texas and education. For more information, visit rodeohouston.com and connect with #RODEOHOUSTON online via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for all the latest news.