Woodward, Okla. —
The 79th annual Woodward District Livestock Show culminated Thursday with a record setting premium auction.
Donations are still being tallied but C. J. Montgomery, president of the Woodward Chamber of Commerce, said he was expecting record numbers.
"Well last night, just through the ring was just under $200,000, and I think by the time of add ons, we should approach $275,000," he said. "That's obviously an estimate, but given the sheer number of the add ons it shouldn't be far off."
That wasn't the only record broken as the evening also featured 9 recipients of the Bud Nelson Scholarship Award.
"The Woodward Chamber of Commerce Livestock Scholarship Committee was so impressed with the quality of this year's applications that, along with great community help and thanks to some additional support from Woodward Car Dealers Irwin Auto Company and McKay Ford and area FFA Chapters, they were able to award a record number of Bud Nelson Memorial Scholarships to 9 impressive recipients," Montgomery said.
Recipients included Haley Reidlinger and Jaci Hodges of Woodward, McKenzie Twyman of Boise City, Alex Naylor of Shattuck, Jillian Whipple of Waynoka, Hammons Hepner and Jacy Gillenwaters of Mooreland, Jenna Trissel of Leedey and Bray Haven of Cheyenne.
"We were obviously pleased to award that many scholarships, and hopefully we'll be able to do it again or even more next year," Montgomery said.
Vernie and Melanie Matt were the co-recipients of the evening's Black Jacket award, an award presented each year to someone who has gone above and above and beyond over the years and proven themselves a true supporter of the District Livestock Show. Vernie Matt is the District 3 County Commissioner and Melanie Matt is the OSU Extension Director for Woodward County.
"The fairgrounds themselves sit in Vernie's district and he goes well beyond his duties towards supporting them, and Melanie has been a driving force behind the District Livestock Show throughout the years with her administrative efforts," Montgomery said.
A moment was taken to honor the families of Jim Eskew and Jim McKay, two previous Black Jacket winners who passed away in the last year.
"This past year we all had to say goodbye much too soon to a couple of tremendous friends, not only to the Woodward District Livestock show but to many of the people here," Montgomery said. "With the passing of Jim Eskew and Jim McKay, show organizers wanted to show their heartfelt thanks to the McKay and Eskew families by holding this year's show in their honor."
Montgomery said he considered this year's show to be an unbelievable success and that hopefully by March of 2015, the show will be able to be held in a completely renovated county fairgrounds.
Montgomery said a number of people and businesses played a role in the success of the livestock show and the premium auction and dinner.
"Thank you all for your assisting in the efforts to make this the best District Livestock Show in Oklahoma," Montgomery said.