Growing in popularity, agricultural mechanics competition at county and state livestock shows produces a wide variety of shop-made equipment and decorative landscape pieces and accent furniture.

At the Lamar County Junior Livestock Show earlier this month, students competed with farm and ranch equipment, trailers, smokers and outdoor furniture as well as indoor furniture designs.

A couple of North Lamar FFA entries took grand and reserve champion honors with students producing the projects garnering showmanship honors as well.

Colton Young took overall grand champion with a 20-foot bumper pull trailer while reserve champion honors went to brothers Remington and Maverick Brown with a cedar TV cabinet. The Browns took first place in showmanship with Young coming away with second place showmanship honors.

In farm and ranch equipment, Leidon Teeter, of North Lamar, placed first with tractor hay forks, and Jadyn Samford, also of North Lamar, came in second with a dolly for livestock blowers. A Chisum FFA team of Morgan Bacorn, Garrett Hawkins, Logan Hawkins and Garrett Golden place third with a metal shop table and Cody Ausmus, of North Lamar, placed fourth with tee post pullers.

Gage Crutchfield and Case Foster, of Chisum, placed second with a welding trailer behind North Lamar’s Young. Garrett Young, of Chisum, came in third with a 5-by-12 bumper pull trailer.

In a smokers and outdoor furniture class, a Chisum team of Colton Hale, Morgan Bacorn, L. Norris and J. Watson placed first with a smoker followed in second place by Courtney Esqueda of North Lamar, with a horseshoe rocking chair with ropes. A wooden picnic table built by Kenna Leddick and Layn Hall, of Chisum, placed third. A North Lamar team of Dalton Gilliam, Jonathan Ricketts, Corey Dorries and Conner Harley placed fourth with a smoker followed by fellow North Lamar competitor Lucas Kirkpatrick with a fire pit.

Indoor furniture competition saw North Lamar’s Beau Rember place second with a bed frame behind the Browns and their cedar TV cabinet. A hat and coat rack built by Radley Crutchfield, of North Lamar placed third and fellow North Lamar student Kameron Scott placed fourth with a metal coffee table.

In miscellaneous competition, Evan Michael, of North Lamar, placed first with duck calls; Shane Bigler and Lane Beaver, of North Lamar, second with a hog trap; Spencer Murray, of North Lamar, a saddle bronc spur board and Samuel Creamer, also of North Lamar, a transmission stand.

Mary Madewell is a staff writer for The Paris News. She can be reached at 903-785-6976 or at

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