FORT WORTH, Texas (Jan. 30, 2018) – Each of the past four years, the Fort Worth Stock Show Syndicate has raised more than $3 million for youth exhibitors at the annual Junior Sale of Champions, and this year looks like it will be no different.
“These young men and women deserve our best efforts,” Fort Worth Stock Show Syndicate chairman Doug Cassidy said. “Our mission is to work tirelessly on their behalf.”
And that’s exactly what the organization has done over the past nearly four decades. Since its inception in 1980, the Fort Worth Stock Show Syndicate has purchased more than 8,200 animals at a total price in excess of $52.7 million. Every dollar goes to the youth who raised the award-winning animals.
Last year’s sale raised over $3.2 million, giving the organization a total of more than $13.7 million since 2014. The Syndicate’s leadership has its sights set high once again this year, but as always, the organization doesn’t put an emphasis on a specific number goal, but rather focuses on knowing that whatever the final number is, the impact on the lives of the youth exhibitors will be meaningful and lasting.
The excitement for the annual Sale of Champions ramps up Friday during the final judging inside Watt Arena. The Grand Champion Steer of the Show and Reserve Grand Champion are typically selected in the early afternoon.
The anticipation continues Saturday morning when the Syndicate hosts an early-morning breakfast for its sponsors at Casa Manana. The culmination of a year’s worth of hard work from the Syndicate’s 100-plus members follows at 9 a.m. in the West Arena with the Sale of Champions.
The Grand Champion will be the first animal up for auction, followed by the Reserve Champion. Each year since 2012, the Grand Champion has sold for at least $200,000, including a record-tying total of $240,000 last year.
However, the Syndicate’s mission revolves around more than just the top steer. It is about ensuring the highest dollar figures possible for all of the exhibitors all morning long by securing more than 400 sponsors and donors.
“Our sponsors and donors are incredibly generous, and we are so grateful for them,” Cassidy said. “Year in and year out they are dedicated to the cause, and they do so much for so many.”
In addition to the sale prices, the Syndicate has helped children pursue their educational and agricultural goals over the past nearly four decades. This year, the organization will award two dozen $10,000 scholarships to FFA and 4-H students as part of the James M. “Jim Bob” Norman Scholarship Fund. Over its history, the scholarship fund has distributed more than $1.8 million.
For more information, contact the Fort Worth Stock Show Syndicate at (817) 764-6060.