Top award-winners in the Douglas County Free Fair were recognized Saturday.
Months of work paid off with awards and cash Saturday for area youths as the Douglas County Free Fair wound to a close.
Scores of 4-H and FFA members were recognized during the 4-H Awards Ceremony at 5 p.m., which was followed by the livestock auction at 7:30 p.m.
Among the top honorees was Callie Shultz, a 16-year-old who received the prestigious 1995 Nunemaker Citizenship Award.
"I was very surprised," said Callie, a student at Lawrence High School. "I felt very honored to be on the list, to even be considered for it."
Named for Virginia Ann Nunemaker, a 14-year-old 4-H member who died of leukemia in 1969, the award honors a 4-H member who is enrolled in home economics and who exhibits good citizenship.
Callie, a six-year 4-H member, has served as club secretary and county council treasurer. She also is an ambassador for the county council.
At the livestock auction, rewards came in the form of cash from buyers.
Sales totaled $96,224 for 44 market steers, 54 market lambs and 50 market barrows that went on the block.
Individual sale totals were as follows:
- $2,565 for the grand champion market steer, owned by Sarah Buttenhoff, rural Lawrence. Sallie Mae purchased the 1,275-pound animal.
- $613.27 for the grand champion market hog, owned by Jason Gilges, Worden. Dow Elanco won the bidding.
- The grand champion market lamb, owned by Megan Brown, a member of Stull Busy Beavers, was not sold.
Elsewhere at the fair:
- The KLWN-KLZR Good Manners Award went to Melissa Colgan of the Clinton Eagles 4-H Club.
- The Annette Winter Bohon Award, which honors outstanding home economics project exhibitors, was presented to Brandie Rice, a Lone Star 4-H member.