For the third straight year, the Kleberg-Kenedy County Junior Livestock Show eclipsed $1 million in sales in a new record amount at Saturday’s auction held at the J.K. Northway Exposition Center.

The annual auction began at 2 p.m. following the awards ceremony and went on throughout the evening as over 270 projects were sold to perspective buyers.

KKJLS Board Member Darrell Lynn Pray said the auction was a huge success, and she is glad the community was able to take part in supporting the children who participated in this year’s show.

While the amount is still preliminary and does not take into account any commission add-ons that could be added at a later date, the total amount brought in during this year’s auction was about $1.36 million. 

The Market Broilers division brought in the highest preliminary total auction sales with $329,099.97 with the grand champion broiler selling for $30,000. The reserve grand champion sold for $29,999.99.

In the Market Swine division, the preliminary total auction sales were $292,960, with the reserve grand champion swine selling for $22,000. The grand champion Swine did not sell in the auction as the winner opted to sell her youth homemaking project instead.

Market Steers had a preliminary total auction sale amount of $184,050, with the grand champion selling for $31,000 and the reserve grand champion bringing in $11,000.

Preliminary total auction sales in the Market Goat division were $205,599.99, with the grand champion goat bringing in $25,000 and the reserve grand champion selling for $24,999.99.

In the Market Lamb division, the preliminary total auction sales were $148,300. The grand champion lamb sold for $30,000, and the reserve grand champion brought in $12,000 during the auction.

In other preliminary total auction sales, the Market Rabbits division brought in $78,100, Stock Horse Futurity totaled $71,000, the Youth Homemaking division sold $38,350 during the live auction and another $11,430 through the silent auction, and Farm Shop Projects brought in a total of $16,000.

“We had a very successful show this year,” KKJLS board president Corando Garza said. “All the kids who participated did a wonderful job.”

Garza said he especially wants to thank all the buyers at the auction, participants in the show and “every single volunteer” who helped make this year’s KKJLS so great.

Frank Cardenas is a reporter with The Kingsville Record. He can be reached via e-mail at

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