Corsicana — Editor's note: This story modified on Sunday, March 24, 2013, to reflect the Grand Champion steer set a Youth Expo record, not a state record.
The Navarro County Youth Expo set an all-time high Saturday, topping the $500,000 mark in the annual sale.
Show co-chair Jeff Nelson made the announcement shorlty after the sale ended Saturday.
"And that could go up a bit," added co-chair Vicki Arnett.
The Expo sale began the day by setting a new Expo record, when Lainie McGraw's Grand Champion steer sold for $25,000. Longtime Youth Expo supporter Frank Dunn purchased McGraw's steer.
Nelson said they put a lot of effort in this week to reach out to people in the community, and it paid off.
"We made about five million phone calls and did a lot of work to get people to support us, and it worked," he said.
Nelson said they confirmed the $500,000 figure shortly after the sale ended about 7 p.m. Saturday.
"We're proud of it," he added.
Arnett echoed Nelson's comments about how the community responded to the Expo this year.
"It goes to show you what kind of support and love for kids our community has," she said. It's phenominal - it shows you what kind of community we live in."
Arnett pointed out that the $500,000 raised in today's sale was above what was already donated to help produce the annual show.
"The face that we can raise $500,000 in addition to what we've already received is unbelievable," she said, adding a lot of the money received in Saturday's sale was from people who had already donated in other ways.
Sale Chairman Lance Waggoner praised the generosity of Navarro County and its support of youth.