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Clayton Calkins, the son of Tom and Sandy Calkins of Lakin, Kan., passed away unexpectedly in August 2011 at the age of 25. During his childhood he showed at numerous swine and beef shows including area spring shows and jackpots, the Kansas State Fair, The Kansas Junior Livestock Show, The American Royal, and the National Western Livestock Show in Denver, Colo. After Clayton graduated from high school he was very involved in helping his nieces and nephews begin their 4-H livestock projects.

Raising and showing livestock was his passion. It was his dream to one day host his own livestock show. Clayton's family and friends would like to keep this dream alive through the Clayton "Bud" Calkins Memorial Livestock Classic. The goal is not only to host a top-notch swine show along with a Kansas Club Calf Association-sanctioned beef show, but also to use any money earned to provide a scholarship for select participants.

The first Clayton "Bud" Calkins Memorial Livestock Classic was held in Clayton's hometown of Lakin, Kan., on April 28 and 29, 2012. There were a total of 81 exhibitors from Kansas, Colorado, and Oklahoma, showing a total of 144 animals. The organizers were able to give out over $5,800 in prize money to these exhibitors for their hard work and dedication to their 4-H and FFA projects. The Clayton "Bud" Calkins Memorial Livestock Classic was also able to award three of these youth with a $500 scholarship.

Scholarship winners at the 2012 Show were:

--Quentin Ediger, Minneola;

--Ashley Fischer, Dodge City; and

--Katie Deal, Garden City.

The second annual show will be held on April 27 and 28 in Lakin. A new addition to this year's show is the chance for a participant to win the use of a 2013 Lonestar gooseneck trailer for one year. The winner will have the option to buy the trailer after the year is over. Sponsors are Cimarron Trailers, Supreme Show Supply, and Plain State Bank.

Applications for this year's scholarships will be available at the show, or contact Jennifer Bachman at jenbachman4@gmail.com or visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Clayton-Bud-Calkins-Memorial-Livestock-Classic/208467515887955.

Date: 3/25/2013

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