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The students who showed the top animals at the 59th Henderson County Livestock Show will reap the rewards for their efforts at the premium auction on today.

“We'll start at 12:30 with all of our awards scholarships and at 1, the auction kicks off,” Livestock Show Past President Adam Davis said. “We start with all of our champions and reserve champions, then starting with the steers, we'll sell all of our others by species.”

First in the pen will be the grand champion and reserve champion steers chosen from about 50 entries on Friday night. Next will be the grand champion market hog, shown by Orin Henry of Malakoff FFA. Landrey Rogers has the reserve-grand market hog.

One of the major awards given each year is named in honor of Woodrow Walker, one of the pioneers of the show.

According to the show website, the award is presented annually to an individual, partnership, corporation, company, club or group to recognize their outstanding contributions in time, talent or money in general support of the event.

The first winner was New Era Electric Cooperative, in 1975.

A large mix of parents, friends and buyers turn out for the sale each year.

The price for the grand champion steer has continued to climb annually, reaching $16,000 for one shown by John Carter Teague of Mabank FFA a year ago.

The reserve, shown by Ryan Odom, also of Mabank FFA, sold for $10,000.

In 2010, the grand champion steer brought a price of $10,000 and the reserve, $7,000.

“We do a raffle on Saturday, giving away a Gator,” Davis said. “We'll sell $25,000, roughly in raffle tickets every year.”

The vehicle is a 2019 John Deere XUV 550, provided by Kevin Lilly's McDonald's and Texas Farm Credit.

Tickets are $10 each at the coliseum before the sale.

The buyers luncheon is set for 11:30 at the coliseum.