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Auction generates $51,475 for youth
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TRINITY – While the number of youth livestock projects was up this year, sale prices were down during the 62nd Annual Trinity Community Fair. During Saturday’s auction, a total of 64 steers, swine, lambs, goats and pens of rabbits were up for sale, netting local FFA and 4-H students a total of $51,475 in sales. At last year’s auction, a total of 56 livestock projects sold for $63,250. The grand champion steer exhibited by Tarrence Curtis Jr. of the Trinity 4-H was purchased by the 7-11 Social Club, which has bought the top steer over the past several years. While the purchase price of $4,500 was identical to the one paid for the 2010 champion, it was short of the $5,200 record price paid by the club in 2009. The sale prices do not include any “add ons” that were given to local students to supplement the sale prices for their animals. The list of add ons was not available at press time but last year totaled almost $11,000. Saturday’s auction culminated the two-day event, which is billed as the last free fair in Texas. Exhibiters and spectators alike are not charged a fee to take part in the event. In addition to the livestock entries, the fair included the annual queen’s contest, the Lil’ Miss September Pageant, a downtown parade, musical entertainment and exhibits that included home baking, canning and art. All kinds of food and arts and crafts booths also were located around the Trinity Community Center grounds for the enjoyment of fair goers. In the 2011 Trinity Fair Queen’s contest, Trinity High School senior Cairus Larsen, daughter of Mike and Amy Garza was crowned as the winner Saturday. Other senior girls who competed for the crown were Vanessa Leija, daughter of Anna and Arturo Leija; Gabriela Garcia, daughter of Gabino and Maria Garcia; and Taylor Snapp, daughter of Nathan Snapp and Christine Summers. While the high school girls took part in the queen’s contest, the Lil’ Miss September Pageant hosted by Avalon Place Nursing Home attracted the younger crowd. The overall winner was MayCynn Meshell, who competed in the 2-4 age group, Her crown was donated by Crown Home Health. Winners in the 2-4 age group included Sutton Greer in first, Kristel Fae Cababasay in second and Kenadie Grace Corbin in third. In the 5-7 age group first went to Ashlee Smith, second to Haylie Keaton and third to Chasity Keaton. Winners in the 8-10 age group included Kaitlyn Williams in first and Brianna Phillips in second. The first place in Saturday’s fair parade, which drew 47 entries, went to the Hochheim Prairie Insurance/Rollo Insurance Group float. Second place in the parade was awarded to the First National Bank of Trinity while the Queen’s Float placed third.