I was a 15-year-old Grandview Future Farmers of America boy and showed a Hereford steer at the Fort Worth livestock show during the early 1950s. FFA and my showing experience served me well for a lifetime. I recall we had a Sunday event with breakfast and a Bible lesson at the Round Inn on the show grounds where the youth were welcomed by Fort Worth's business leaders.
The Star-Telegram article today about the auction was excellent. (see: “Grand champion fetches $200,000 at auction,” Sunday) But I was especially touched by the story concerning the young man from Decatur.
Stock Show chairman, Ed Bass, scouted out the steer he wanted to buy. He picked a steer raised by Seth Byers of Decatur, who had “raised it from their own cow that showed in our junior heifer show years back,” Bass said.
I can relate to that young man. I never had a champion, but this account is another example of good, generous-hearted business leaders who buy the animals of youth at the Fort Worth show.
Never miss a local story.
This retired man is still saying thanks for my good experience at the stock show 62 years ago.
— Joe Ross, Fort Worth