Back in 1980, the founding members of the Fort Worth Stock Show Syndicate raised $20,000 for bids at the Junior Sale of Champions. Now, 37 years later, the Syndicate raises more than $3 million a year to make the dreams of young livestock exhibitors come true.
The Syndicate’s membership of more than 100 individuals work tirelessly, year-round, to raise money from potential sponsors to ensure that every animal up for auction at the Junior Sale of Champions is sold at a premium to participating sponsors.
These sponsors make a huge difference in the lives of individual students by encouraging the pursuit of higher education and careers in the agricultural industry.
Over the years, the Syndicate has grown to become the largest financial supporter of Junior exhibitors. Since 1980, they’ve raised more than $52.7 million for the youth exhibitors, provided over $1 million in scholarships for 4-H and FFA members, and helped more than 8,000 kids pursue their agricultural goals.
At the 2017 Junior Sale of Champions, the Grand Champion Steer of the Show matched the all-time record by selling for $240,000. In all, the sale raised in excess of $3.2 million for the youth exhibitors, the fourth consecutive year that the auction has topped $3 million.