The Texas County Fair Board hosted its first-ever Open Jackpot Show on June 7 in the livestock arena at the Houston Area Chamber of Commerce Fairgrounds.

The event was open to FFA and 4-H members ages 5 to 21, and 64 exhibitors participated showing 83 animals.

Exhibitors hailed from numerous communities around the Ozarks, including Crocker, Dora, Houston, Iberia, Licking, Mountain Grove, Owensville, Peace Valley, Pomona, Rolla, Salem, Tecumseh, West Plains and Willow Springs.

Competitors paid a $20 entry fee per animal, and winners earned prizes ranging from ornate engraved crystal plaques and banners to pricey Montana Silversmith belt buckles and even cash. Cash prizes were $100 for grand champions, $75 for reserve champions, $50 for showmanship winners and $20 for class winners. Every entrant received a $5 prize.



•Grand Champion Market Hog – Kaleb Stolba, Peace Valley (weight, 206 lbs.)

•Reserve Champion Market Hog – Kaden Garrison, Boss (174 lbs.)

•Grand Champion Market Lamb – Rylan Nix, Mountain Grove (80 lbs.)

•Reserve Champion Market Lamb – Faith Ford, Rolla (90 lbs.)

•Grand Champion Market Goat – Payton Nix, Mountain Grove (51 lbs.)

•Reserve Champion Market Goat – Brylon Mayberry, Dora (65 lbs.)


•Hog Jr. Showmanship (13 years old and under) – Lindsey Osborn, Pomona

•Hog Sr. Showmanship (14 and over) – Wyatt Woolsey, Peace Valley

•Lamb Jr. Showmanship – Payton Nix, Mountain Grove

•Lamb Sr. Showmanship – Erica Rushing, Salem

•Goat Jr. Showmanship – Payton Nix, Mountain Grove

•Goat Sr. Showmanship – Zach Gregory, Houston

The University of Missouri Texas County Extension and members of its 4-H program provided concessions at the show. Judging the animals was Chuck Miller, who was FFA adviser in Houston during the 1990s and now works at Hickman High School.

For information about other fair board activities, including next year’s second annual Jackpot Show, call fair board president Darren Ice at 417-260-0471, or fair board members Tony Bieller at 417-763-5568 or Russell Gaither at 417-417-0894.

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