The Nueces County Junior Livestock Show bested last year's sales from the Blue Ribbon Auction, with final totals nearing $2 million.

With more than 4,300 entries in the NCJLS, donors showed up in force to purchase livestock, homemaking and shop projects for Nueces County youth. This year's sale total was $1.96 million, a significant improvement from last year's $1.7 million.

"We had some really great buyers this year and some new buyers, as well," NCJLS President Jason Floyd said. "It was much better than we expected. It was phenomenal."

Floyd said the NCJLS has struggled slightly to raise money during the Blue Ribbon Auction over the past couple of years with the state of the economy. However, that is what makes the amount raised this year all the more impressive, he added.

"I think it shows that the people here believe in the youth of Nueces County, because they continue to support them," Floyd said.

This year's show was the first in which all events, from check-in to the sale, were held at the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds.