The event brought participants and their show animals from 21 parishes across southeast Louisiana. The article about the dedication ceremonies and the activities at the livestock show is located below.
Barn Is Dedicated at Livestock Show
By JOHN FAHEY March 29, 1976
COVINGTON, La. -- City, State and LSU Extension Service officials spoke Saturday during dedication ceremonies of the $680,000 Southeast Louisiana District Livestock Show Barn here just before the conclusion of the 41st annual district show and the Sale of Champions. Some 21 parishes are represented in the Southeast District.
Jesse B. Holder, president of the show, was presented with a plaque by Dr. John A. Cox, director of the LSU Extension Service, making him an honorary County Agent. Ruth Reames, 15-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eddie H. Reames of St. Francisville and member of the West Feliciana 4-H-club took the top honor of the district show as she exhibited the Grand Champion steer. The 1,052 pounder, purchased by the Reames' last October from the Granite Hill Hereford Ranch in Llano, Texas for $250 was sold during the Sale of Champions to Gene Thompson and James Ganus of Smiley's Meat Market and the. A & G Cafeteria of New Orleans for $1,630.60 or $1.65 per pound.
The Show Queen, Laurie Simonson of the St. Tammany 4-H Club, captured the Reserve Champion ribbon with her 1,243 pound Exotic breed animal. Miss Simonson is a 17-year-old Covington High School student who has been exhibiting animals in parish and district shows for some seven years. Her winning entry was purchased last Easter in a Club sale in Alexandria, Louisiana. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Simonson, who have seven other children, with six having been involved in exhibiting of animals in shows.
Miss Simonson's reserve champion was purchased by Gene Thompson of Thompson Packing Co. Inc of New Orleans and Louisiana By-products Inc. of Livingston, La- represented by Felix Sapp. The price was $1,615.90 or $1-30 per pound.
Kim Core of the St. Tammany 4-H Club was the big money winner as her grand champion market Iamb brought her $706-25 or $6-25 per pound. It was purchased by Walter Verlander of the Farm Credit Bank of New Orleans and the animal weighed 113 pounds. The Grand Champion last year weighed 100 pounds and brought only $3.75 per pound.
Alcus Stewart of Stewart's Dairy of Bogalusa purchased the reserve champion lamb of Renee Vicello of East Baton Rouge for $393.25. Stewart said the 121 pound lamb would be donated to the Washington-St. Tammany Charity Hospital.
Matt Sampson's 194 pound Grand Champion Barrow was purchased by Jerry Bunch of the Feliciana Meat Co- of Clinton, La- for $626.85 or $3.15 per pound. Matt was a member of the East Feliciana 4-H Club.
Commissioner of Agriculture Dave Pearce purchased the reserve barrow champion exhibited by De nise Fletcher of the St. Tammany 4-H Club. Pearce purchased the animal for $1-65 per pound or $300.70 on behalf of the employees of the Louisiana Agricultural Department.
Serving as the auctioneer for the sale was Marvin Henderson of Livingston, Louisiana.
The final judging of the show included:
BEEF ANIMALS-ANGUS-Melalne Sotile, Ascension 4-H, champion; Patty Madere, Ascension 4-H, reserve champion; purple ribbons. Anna Oubre, St. John 4-H: Benlie Noel, Dwayne Noel, Boyd Robert, Celeste Veillon, Ascension 4-H: Barbara Severance, Lisa Wilson, East Baton Rouge .4-H: Mickey Hymel, Mike Hymel, Jo Ann Vernon, St. James 4-H: Al Reames, Wes! Feliciana.
HEREFORD•Ruth Reames, West Feliciana 4-H, champion; Ruth Reames, reserve champion; purple ribbons, Janet Bickham, Scott Bickham, Alton Hanchey, Al Reames, Charles Wilson, West Feliciana 4-H: Mary Hebert, Lafourche 4-H: Ellis Hymel, Suzanne Louque, St.James 4-H: Leland Catledge, St. Tammany 4-H; Angela Vaughn, Jimmy Vicello, Steven Wilson, East Baton Rouge 4-H; Deanna Bickham, Bob Schafer, Laura Schafer, East Feliciana 4-H.
EXOTIC AND DAIRY CROSSES. Laurie Simonson, St. Tammany 4-H champion; Jack Noel Jr-, Ascension 4-H, reserve champion; purple ribbons, Dole Oliver, Terrebonne 4-H: Scott Jones, Don Williams. Jr., Washington 4-H: Dean Fitzgerald, Joe King, St. Tammany 4-H: Barry Gemelli Terrebonne, 4-H: Mike Waguespack. Ryan Waguespack, St. James 4-H Julie Calledge, Tammy Crawford, Cara Glass, Jamie Jourdan, Clay Faunteleroy, St. Tammany 4-H: Brett Hymel, Belinda Hymel, Adria Louque, Terry Ann Louque, Donna Veron, St. James 4-H: Mary Hebert Brent Louque, Ernest Pierce, Ramona Pierce, Royce Pierce Jr-,Lafourche 4-H: Wile Noel, Frankie Solife, Melanie Sotile, Melinda Stile. Ascension 4-H: Keith Fontenot, East Baton Rouge 4-H: Dewitt Bickham Drew Bickham, East Feliciana 4-H: Tim Angelette, Lafourche 4-H.
PUREBRED, SHORTHORN AND ENGLISH CROSSES - Ed Reames, W- Feliciana 4-H, champion: Steve Wilson, East Baton Rouge 4-H, reserve champion: purple ribbons. Hudson Jones, Washington Parish 4-H: Troy Aldridge. Benhe Noel, Mona Milano, Ascension 4-H: Paula Behrnes, Steven Wilson, East Baton Rouge 4-H: Todd Sevier, Lafourche 4-H: Fran Veron, St- James 4-H: Becky Blackwell, St. Tammany 4-H.
BRAHMAN CROSSES-Trudy Madere, Ascension, champion; Tim Angelfette, Lafourche 4-H, reserve champion; Troy Aldridge, Duane Minvielle, Jack Noel Jr- Todd Robert, Frankie Sotile, Joe VellIon, Ascension 4-H: Ronnie Louquelte, St. James 4-H: Ed Reames, West Feliciana 4-H: Kathy Pondergraft. East Baton Rouge 4-H-
The new showbarn, at left, on the parish fairgrounds in Covington