The 2007 Gold Buckle Gala at the Ozark Empire Fair generated record proceeds for the Ozark Empire Fair Foundation.

Foundation board member Larry Ellison, Springfield, said “This is the fourth year for the Gala and every year is getting better.” The fundraiser grossed $182,000 this year, topping last year’s Gala by $12,000.

This year $61,200 of the event’s auction money went back to the youth exhibitors. Of the remaining $120,000 a small percent will go towards Gala expenses with the majority going back to the Foundation. The Foundation provides youth agricultural scholarships and grants, and funding for livestock facility improvements at the Missouri Entertainment and Event Center.

The evening included auction of the top-10 steers; top-six lambs, hogs and goats; auction of five 2007 commemorative belt buck-les; a silent auction; a $100 per-plate steak dinner; and a grand prize drawing for a new Dodge truck.

The Grand Champion Steer, owned by Devin Dilly of Deerfield, was purchased for $10,000 by Larson Farm and Home, Springfield. Dilly received $5,000 in cash and $2,500 in grant or scholarship. The Ozark Empire Fair Foundation received $2,500.

The Reserve Champion Steer owned by Kayla Mitchell, Adrian, was purchased for $7,700 by Hardee’s of Southwest Missouri. Mitchell received $2,600 in cash and $2,500 in grant or scholarship. The Ozark Empire Fair Foundation received $2,600.

Other top-10 steer exhibitors received $500 in cash and $1,000 in grant or scholarship funds. Any amount over $2,500 was split 50/50 between the exhibitor and the Ozark Empire Fair Foun-dation.

Ashleigh Mitchell, Adrian, exhibited a steer that sold for $3,100 to Bill and Virginia Darr, Springfield.

Derek Paradeis, Sarcoxie, exhibited a steer that sold for $3,100 to Noel Boyd, Springfield.

Sam Wallace, Stotts City, exhibited a steer that sold for $3,500 to Race Brothers Farm Supply, Monett.

Logan Kennedy, Neosho, exhibited a steer that sold for $2,300 to Cooling Components Inc. and Industrial Maintenance Solutions.

Jera Pipkin, Republic, exhibited a steer that sold for $3,200 to Race Brothers Farm Supply.

Spencer Scotten, Nevada, exhibited a steer that sold for $2,900 to Ron and Sue Carrol Terry.

Evinn Dilly, Deerfield, exhibited a steer that sold for $3,200 to PFI Western Store, Springfield.

Brooke Longstreth, Moundville, exhibited a steer that sold for $3,000 to Commerce Bank.

The Grand Champion Lamb owned by Ashley Law, Sarcoxie, was purchased for $2,500 by A-1 Electric Service Inc., Maneval Feed and Grain, and Frank Orellana of State Farm. Law received $1,000 in cash and $1,000 in grant or scholarship funds. The Ozark Empire Fair Foundation received $500.

The Reserve Champion Lamb owned by Skyler Scotten, Nevada, was purchased for $1,500 by Larson Farm and Lawn, ADM Alliance Nutrition, and Mid West Feed and Farm. Scotten received $500 in cash and $500 in grant or scholarship funds. The Ozark Empire Fair Foundation also received $500.

Jake Mackeprang, Appleton City, exhibited a lamb that sold for $700 to Ozarks Coca-Cola/ Dr. Pepper Bottling Company.

Chance Wait, Moundville, exhibited a lamb that sold for $500 to Naegler Oil Company.

Melanie Morey, Lamar, exhibited a lamb that sold for $400 to Race Brothers Farm Supply, Carthage.

Alex Garrett, Mt. Vernon, exhibited a lamb that sold for $800 to Maneval Feed and Grain.

The Grand Champion Hog owned by Logan Kennedy, Neosho, was purchased for $2,500 by Commerce Bank. Kennedy received $1,000 in cash and $1,000 in grant or scholarship. The Ozark Empire Fair Foundation received $500.

The Reserve Champion Hog owned by Payton Dahmer, Nevada, was purchased for $1,800 by Chuck Medley Agency of State Farm Insurance. Dahmer received $650 in cash and $500 in grant or scholarship. The Ozark Empire Fair Foundation received $650.

Kodee Ast, Nevada, exhibited a hog that sold for $500 to Shelly Palen.

Matthew Kennedy, Deerfield, exhibited a hog that sold for $400 to ADM Alliance Nutrition.

Spencer Scotten, Nevada, exhibited a hog that sold for $400 to Travis and Shannon Lathrop.

Ty Peckman, Richards, exhibited a hog that sold for $1,500 to Pinegar Chevrolet.

The Grand Champion Goat owned by Skyler Scotten, Nevada, was purchased for $2,600 by Ozarks Farm and Neighbor. Scotten received $1,050 in cash and $1,000 in grant or scholarship. The Ozark Empire Fair Foundation received $550.

The Reserve Champion Goat owned by Kayla Mitchell, Adrian, was purchased for $1,600 by the Missouri Boer Goat Association, Citizens Bank of Amsterdam and Caskey Law Firm. Mitchell received $550 in cash and $500 in grant or scholarship. The Ozark Empire Fair Foundation received $550.

Katie Frankenfield, Adrian, exhibited a goat that sold for $500 to Great Southern Bank.

Dakota Arthur, Dadeville, exhibited a goat that sold for $650 to Country Home Elevator and Stairlift.

Brant Harvey, Lamar, exhibited a goat that sold for $525 to Race Brothers Farm Supply, Carthage.

Ashleigh Mitchell, Adrian, exhibited a goat that sold for $550 to Ozarks Coca-Cola/ Dr. Pepper Bottling Company.

As part of the Gold Buckle Gala the FFA and 4-H Grand Champion and Reserve Champion Hams were recognized and auctioned off.

The FFA Grand Champion Ham was cured by Jessica Freeman, Marshfield, and purchased for $575 by Southern Missouri Bank of Marshfield.

The FFA Reserve Champion Ham was cured by Lanae Schockley, Fair Grove, and was purchased for $500 by R Triple J Western Store.

The 4-H Grand Champion Ham was cured by Kale Whittaker, Marshfield, and purchased for $450 by Esterly, Schneider and Associates.

The 4-H Reserve Champion Ham was cured by Duronda Depriest, Lebanon, and purchased for $275 by Citizens National Bank, Frank Hilton.

Clearwater Farm, Republic, donated a registered Angus heifer. James C Ruble Farms LLC and KCS Angus purchased the heifer for $7,500.

Grace Cabinet Shop, Springfield, donated a playhouse for auction and Acute Angling donated a Brazil Fishing Trip.

Five 2007 limited edition commemorative Gold Buckle Gala belt buckles were auctioned off. Together the belt buckles raised $2,995 for the Foundation. Two buckles sold for $650 each purchased by Ron Tagge and Aaron Owen. Larry Ellison purchased a belt buckle for $600. Jackie Bonner purchased a belt buckle for $595. Brett Sheets purchased a belt buckle for $500. Manoli’s Jewelers donated diamonds to be embedded into one of the buckles.

The silent auction raised approximately $16,000 for the Foundation. Donors for the silent auction included Loftis Jewelry, Baby News, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Bass Pro Shops, Shelly Palen, Strafford Veterinary Clinic, Race Brothers Farm Supply, Merrilyn and Larry Ellison, Askinosie Chocolate, Ellie Berry Pie, A Southern Living at Home Consultant, Ozarks Power Center, Dan Kinney and Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.

The Gala included a Grand Prize Drawing for a new Dodge truck donated by the Dodge Dealers of the Ozarks.

Hoover Case, Marshfield, donated his time to be auctioneer for the Gala event.

Special thanks to the following 2007 Gold Buckle Gala sponsors who help make this event possible: Dodge Dealers of the Ozarks, Ozarks Coca-Cola/ Dr. Pepper Bottling Company, Debi Murray Bennett Murney Associates, Noel Boyd, Wickman’s Garden Village, Clearwater Farm, and MMC Vinyl and Aluminum Fencing and Railing.

The Gold Buckle Gala was part of the Gold Buckle Extravaganza which ran July 20- 23, 2007. Many awards were presented during the Extravaganza.

Steer Showmanship Champions were Derek Paradeis, Sarcoxie, representing 4-H and Paige Wallace, Stotts City, representing FFA. Paradeis and Wallace were awarded showmanship buckles that were sponsored by Race Brothers Farm Supply.

The Extravaganza Steer Show Sweepstakes Award went to the Barton Learn-A-Do 4-H club. The trophy was donated by Race Brothers Farm Supply.

The Grand Champion Ultrasound Steer was exhibited by Tony Morgan, Lamar. The Reserve Champion Ultrasound Steer was exhibited by Trey Mareth, Butler. Morgan and Trey received Championship buckles.

The Grand Champion Ultrasound Commercial Heifer was exhibited by Tori Perkins, Willard. The Reserve Champion Ultrasound Commercial Heifer was exhibited by Michaela Collins, El Dorado Springs. Perkins and Collins received Championship buckles.

The Grand Champion Commercial Heifer was exhibited by Tori Perkins, Willard. The Reserve Champion Commercial Heifer was exhibited by Cole Atkinson, Republic. Perkins and Atkinson were awarded Championship buckles. The Commercial Heifer Show was sponsored by Central Dodge.

The Grand Champion Ultrasound Lamb was exhibited by Ashley Law, Sarcoxie. The Reserve Champion Ultrasound Lamb was exhibited by Chance Wait, Moundville. Law and Wait received Championship buckles.

The Grand Champion Ultrasound Barrow was exhibited by Katlyn Douglas, Sheldon. The Reserve Champion Ultrasound Barrow was exhibited by Jade Bloss, Sarcoxie. Douglas and Bloss were awarded Championship buckles.

The Grand Champion Ultrasound Meat Goat was exhibited by Dakota Eraas, Crane. The Reserve Champion Ultrasound Meat Goat was exhibited by Seth Stewart, Buffalo. Eraas and Stewart were awarded Championship buckles.

The Junior Round Robin Showmanship award went to Jade Bloss, Sarcoxie. The Intermediate Round Robin Showmanship award went to Derek Paradeis, Sarcoxie. The Senior Round Robin Showmanship award went to Rebecca Lewis, Sarcoxie. The Round Robin winners received buckles donated by Lone Star Silversmith.

The Gold Buckle Extravaganza was sponsored by Polk County Cattleman’s Association, Southwest Missouri Cattlemen’s Association, Missouri Beef Council, R Triple J Western Store, Lifestyles Premium Deli, Lone Star Silversmith, Pinegar Chevrolet, Price Cutter, Purina Mills, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Morris Brothers Custom Embroidery and Specialty Items, and Morris Cattle Services. o

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