Grand Drive Performance honors the best youngsters in Aksarben | Local news from the Big Island
Young participants were honored on Saturday night at the Grand Drive Performance at the 94th Aksarben Stock Show at Fonner Park.
The event honored the best in the various shows that took place during the day at Aksarben.
It all started with the Parade of the Grand Drive where all the best young participants gathered in the Five Point Bank Livestock Arena. Then the selection of champions took place in the following categories: market goats, market chicken pens, market lambs, Défi Lamb, Défi Porc, Défi Veau, market pork and market beef.
In each of the divisions, a grand champion and a reserve champion were selected and then the grand winners.
Overall, 51 young participants in the show were part of the Grand Drive Performance, each receiving a monetary award from a sponsor. According to Bill Ogg, executive director of the Nebraska State Fair, which has overseen the Aksarben Stock Show since the show moved to Grand Island in 2017, sponsorships have exceeded the goal of $ 115,000.
In fact, they totaled over $ 140,000.
One of the youngsters participating in the Grand Drive Performance was Kade Schweitzer, 12, of Wellington, Colorado, who was one of three youngsters who won the honor of competing in the Calf Challenge division.
Being selected to participate in the Grand Drive Performance meant a lot to Schweitzer.