The 30th annual Trinity County Fair and Livestock Show came and went the weekend of March 16, 17, and 18, hosted in its usual location at the Groveton fair grounds. Buyers, spectators, and the loved ones of participants came from all over to watch and bid as the children of Trinity County auctioned off the animals they had spent months nurturing and preparing. An array of baked items and shop projects were sold this year, in addition to 146 animal projects and five sweetheart cakes that totaled almost $145,000.
This year, the centerpiece of any fair event, the awarding of Champion Steer, went to 10 year-old Groveton Elementary student, Jack Cutter Sullivan, brother of the last year’s Champion Steer winner, Cole Sullivan, holder for highest selling champion. Cutter’s steer, "Wolfpack", was an intimidating creature that sold for $4,200 to Stevenson Distribution, but this is far from Cutter’s only win among livestock circles. Across the state, Cutter has won numerous other awards in the past, including Reserve Grand Champion Red Angus Heifer at Rodeo Austin, Red Angus class winner at HLSR and the Fort Worth Stock Show, Reserve Calf Division Champion at the San Antonio Stock Show, was in the Top 10 in ORB for Texas Junior Livestock Association (TJLA), Reserve Grand Champion ORB at Rodeo Austin 2016, Reserve ORB Calf Division Champion at the 2016 San Angelo Stock Show, and Reserve Grand Champion Chianina at the 2015 East Texas State Fair.
“I've been raising steers for show for two years now but have been doing it longer than that with my older brother,” Sullivan said. “My family raises show heifers and steers all year long. My dad showed steers in Angelina County from 3rd-12th grades. My mom took a steer to majors too. Agriculture is big in our family all the way from my grandparents to myself!"
“Winning means a lot to me becuase it shows how much time I have put in with that animal,” Sullivan continued. “Wolfpack was one of my favorites because he was a calf out of my brother's very first show heifer. Since my steer died last year, I felt like I made a comeback! Wolfpack knew what his job was and he did a mighty fine job at it. He weighed 1,345 and was really big but we talked before going in the ring. We just made a good team! He made me very happy! I think I am the youngest steer exhibitor to ever win the county fair so that is super neat!”
In other categories, Emily Eccord’s Grand Champion Lamb was sold to Trent Ashby for $1,600; Morgan Robertson’s Grand Champion Goat was sold to the Old Indian Club for $1,000; Hanna Antley’s Grand Champion Swine was also sold to the Old Indian Club for $1,500; Caitlin Ray sold her Grand Champion Heifer for $5,000 to Teresa Ray; Tristin Eddins sold his Grand Champion Briolers to Trent Ashby for $700; and lastly, Mercedes Wilson sold her Grand Champion Fryers to the Old Indian Club for $750.