“Work hard in silence, let your success be your noise.” Most people usually catch the kids of Burton ISD showing off their hard work by demonstrating the things they learn in the classroom through academic UIL events or probably the most popular event, watching them play football under the Friday night lights. However during the week of September 11th - 18th, Burton ISD students showed off the hard work they have been putting in all summer.
The Washington County Fair is the oldest county fair in Texas, with this year being the fair’s 153rd anniversary. This week is filled with important events for students of all ages in Burton ISD. The fair started with the rabbit show on September 11th. Jermiah Hudgen was 15th and Christian Wiesepape placed 25th with his rabbits. The barrow show was Tuesday, September 14th. Waylon Hinze placed 7th and Jolie Standley placed 9th in class 1. Chris Harmel placed 9th in class 3. Abby Lamson placed 10th in class 4. Kaiden Kalkhake placed 9th, Weston Hinze placed 2nd, Hank Majewski placed 3rd and Houston Hodde placed 1st in class 5. Houston was also the Reserve Champion Barrow. Weston was 1st in swine showmanship and Kaiden was 3rd in swine showmanship. The steer show was also on Tuesday. Chet Fritsch placed 3rd with his heavyweight exotic steer. Cassidy Fuchs placed 1st with her steer in the heavyweight exotic class, Reserve Exotic Steer, and Reserve Champion Steer. Cassidy was 1st in steer showmanship. Chet was 2nd in steer showmanship.
The lamb show was on Wednesday morning. Amanda Broadus placed 4th in class 1. Tanna Thiel was 1st in the heavyweight class and Reserve Champion Lamb. Tanna was also 2nd in lamb showmanship. Ryan Rosenbaum had the Grand Champion Carcass hog. The goat show was also on Wednesday. Eli Saunders placed 1st and Dawson Rudloff placed 3rd in class 4. Hailey Schoenvogel placed 2nd in class 5. Eli Saunders was Reserve Champion. Hailey Schoenvogel and Dawson Rudloff showed heifers at the scramble heifers. The heifer show was on Friday, September 17th. Kaiden Kalkhake placed 13th, Weston Hinze placed 4th, and Waylon Hinze placed 2nd in the Spring Small Heifer class. Keagan Fenner placed 7th in the Spring Medium heifer class. Cassidy Fuchs placed 1st in the Spring Large heifer class. Kaiden Kalkhake placed 5th and Weston Hinze placed 1st in the Waylon Hinze placed 6th and Cassidy Fuchs placed 1st in the Fall Medium heifer class. Weston Hinze was the Fall Born Champion and Reserve Champion Heifer. Weston Hinze was 1st in heifer showmanship, Cassidy Fuchs was 2nd in heifer showmanship, and Waylon Hinze was 3rd in heifer showmanship. Vicente Veliz, Pierson Spies, Zane Aschenbeck, Chris Harmel, Ryan Rosenbaum, Chet Fristch, Mitchell Hensley, and Dawson Rudloff showed pen of heifers.
Saturday, September 18th, the livestock teams competed at the Washington County Fair. Burton FFA Red placed 1st, Burton FFA Gold was 17th, and Burton FFA Black was 8th out of 78 teams. Burton FFA Red consisted of Tanna Thiel (5th high individual and high point in Washington County), Weston Hinze (3rd high individual in Washington County), and Waylon Hinze. Burton FFA Gold consisted of Bailey Glaesmann, Reagan Roemer, and Taiden Thiel. Burton FFA Black consisted of Amanda Broadus, Kaiden Kalkhake, and Dawson Rudloff. The following elementary students also competed in the school art contest in the country creations building. Mya Rodriguez was Grand Champion. Tucker Gurka, Levi Hirsch, Madison Merkley, Kenley Baichtal, Ellie Archibeque, Sterling Carmeans, Cora Ruemke, Rylan Draehn, Scout Rhodes, Beau Kreuger, Barrett Davis, and Mason Kalkhake all received first place ribbons. Everleigh Matthies, Harper Hodde, Haidee Pugh, Sophia Macias, and Saniau Ratcliff all received a second place ribbon. Overall Burton ISD had a great Washington County Fair.