More than $3.4 million raised at 2016 Junior Sale of Champions

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FORT WORTH, Texas (Feb. 8, 2016) – For the third straight year, the Fort Worth Stock Show’s Junior Sale of Champions raised more than $3.3 million for youth exhibitors, as the final numbers show that the Fort Worth Stock Show Syndicate had its second-biggest day ever on Saturday.

The 2016 sale, which featured nearly 300 steers, goats and lambs, raised in excess of $3.4 million for youth exhibitors Saturday morning at West Arena. In the 36-year history of the organization, that amount is topped only by last year’s $3.7 million total.

“It was an unbelievable day from start to finish,” Syndicate chairman Blair Norman said. “On behalf of our dedicated, hard-working members, we would like to give a huge thank you to all of the sponsors and buyers for their incredible support of these kids.”

Since its inception in 1980, the Syndicate has now purchased more than 850 animals at a total price topping $49 million. In the last 16 years alone, the group has raised $35.7 million, including more than $10.4 million since 2014.

The Grand Champion Steer of the Show, a 1,362-pound European crossbred named Big Boy, sold for $210,000 to Hillwood Properties. The steer was shown by 14-year-old Jagger Horn of Anson, Texas.

In addition, the FWSSS will once again award twenty $10,000 scholarships on behalf of the James M. “Jim Bob” Norman Scholarship Fund.

“Our theme this year was ‘Protecting Traditions and Funding Dreams,’” Norman said. “We certainly accomplished those goals this year, and are already looking forward to next year.”

Held on the final day of the Fort Worth Stock Show each year, the 2017 Junior Sale of Champions will take place next Feb. 4.