Young exhibitor Cason Thornton attempts to reason with his heifer during their time in the ring.

The Youth Fair of Rockwall, started in 1953, returned for 2018 last Saturday, drawing young competitors in livestock, agricultural mechanics, textiles, baked goods and more.

“Previously the backbone of our once sleepy little town, agriculture has taken a backseat to commerce in Rockwall County,” said fair board member Piper Chambers Cole. “At its core, The Youth Fair of Rockwall serves to simultaneously preserve history and educate and invite younger generations within our community to participate in the agricultural industry.”

“The Youth Fair is a great opportunity for our youth to become animal savvy and accountable for their projects,” said fellow board member Casey Cieszinski. “There are second- and third-generation kids in this group.”

At the end of the competition portion of Saturday’s fair, winning livestock and other projects were auctioned off to help pay for agricultural education activities in the county and for scholarships.

“To me, the event is a huge success every year,” said Cieszinski. “The auction brought out a lot of generous buyers for the animals and ag-mechanics projects that were sold on Saturday afternoon.”

The results for Saturday afternoon’s market show, the fair’s main event:


Grand Champion Sam Kazlow, $1,200 buyer: Heritage Land Bank

Reserve Champion Lacy Leinen, $800 buyer: Heritage Land Bank


Grand Champion Courtney Murphy, $4,000 buyer: Texas Farm Credit


Grand Champion Blake Ferguson, $3,500 buyer: Heritage Land Bank

Reserve Champion Hadley Cole, $2,250 buyer: Texas Farm Credit


Grand Champion Kylee Adams, $4,500 buyer: Big Dawg Drilling and Strand Concrete

Reserve Champion Carly Cieszinsky, $4,500 buyer: Dust Free, LP


Grand Champion Alice Pecena, $1,000 buyer: DJ Partners

Reserve Champion Alexa Cox, $750 buyer: Cavender’s Boot City


Grand Champion Conner Fisher, $9,500 buyer: Circle M Farms

Reserve Champion Austin Houser, $7,500 buyer: Big Dawg Drilling and Strand Concrete

Competitors in the ag-mechanics category built a number of impressive projects, including barbecue pits, bar stools and chairs, trailers and log-splitters.

The Youth Fair of Rockwall also hosts an annual Ag Awareness Day, during which every third-grade class in the district is invited to hear student-led presentations on 4-H and Future Farmers of America activities. 

“Our 4-H and FFA members do a fantastic job sharing their knowledge and encouraging the next generation to learn about and take a vested interest in agriculture,” said Cole. 

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