Colorado’s Touchstone Energy Co-ops support 4-H, FFA kids at record-setting State Fair sale

With apologies to Yogi Berra, it was déjà vu all over again at the 2012 Junior Livestock Sale held Aug. 28 at the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo. That’s because for the second straight year, there was a repeat winner and buyer of the grand champion steer – and Colorado’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives were on hand to sponsor the entire event for the seventh year in a row.

Cody Huwa (second from right) poses with his grand champion steer along with the Sam Brown family, buyers of the grand champion for the second straight year.

Cody Huwa of Roggen, Colo., — whose family are member-consumers of Tri-State member co-op Morgan County REA (Fort Morgan, Colo.) – sold the grand champion, 1,311-pound market steer for a record $55,000 to Pueblo businessman Sam Brown. Last year Huwa fetched $53,000 for his top entry, which was also purchased by Brown and his family.

“They’re great people,” Huwa, 14, said after his big moment, which helped push the 2012 sale total up to nearly $479,000 (far surpassing last year’s amount of $407,325). “That’s really great of them to do this two years in a row, and it’s just cool that they do so much to support the auction,” said Huwa, who has been showing animals since he was 8.

The sale is the largest 4-H and FFA event of its kind in the state, and Tri-State and the state’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives have long-supported the efforts of the participating rural youngsters while promoting the inherent values of education and agriculture. The auction sold 138 champion animals crowned at this year’s fair.

Numerous electric co-op representatives were at the record-setting sale, including Tri-State executive vice president and general manager Ken Anderson, who participated in the auction and purchased a market beef from teenager Shelley Chambers, who hails from Agate, Colo., where she and her family are members of Mountain View Electric Association.

Tri-State executive vice president and general manager Ken Anderson purchased a market beef from teenager Shelley Chambers.

“The sale is instrumental in supporting the future of Colorado’s agribusiness as it demonstrates to youth the importance of raising quality livestock and the work required of those who pursue careers in agriculture,” said the fair’s general manager Chris Wiseman.

This year’s rendition of the Colorado State Fair, which runs through Sept. 3, marks the event’s 140th year as the state’s premier celebration of agriculture. The venerable fairgrounds provide nearly $34 million in economic activity to Colorado through the year, with $29 million of that activity driven by the annual State Fair event.

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