Chillin’ on a dirt road with Jesus
A steer at the FFA show was sold for $100,000, however the owner wasn’t there to see it.
Hudson Folkerts, the owner of the $100,000 steer, has accomplished in death what very few of us accomplish in life; he influenced the world for the better. His family has set up the Hudson Foundation in order to help others do what Hudson loved doing, raising animals.
The foundation has three main purposes. The first and foremost of those purposes is to give current TISD students who wish to participate in FFA the money needed to raise and care for an animal when their current financial situation makes that impossible without help.
The second purpose is to give out scholarships to TISD seniors active in FFA and who plan on majoring in agriculture. The last purpose of the Hudson Folkerts Memorial Foundation is to provide scholarships to the alumni of TISD FFA members who face financial needs during college.
Hudson was in love with almost anything country. He was in FFA at school, and had started raising a steer for FFA during his sophomore year. Sadly, because of his accident that wasn’t possible, but his parents, sister Presley, and two older brothers, Kolton and Landon, raised the steer for him and entered it in the FFA competition on Saturday, January 28th.
The bidding on Folkerts’ steer started out at $10,000 and moved to $60,000 in less than a minute. Then the Jarvis, Emory, Stewart and Theiss families came together to bid the final bid of $100,000.
Keystone Concrete owned by the Stewart family, Tomball Pawn owned by the Emory family, the Jarvis family, and Saye Pumbing Contractors owned by the Theiss family collaborated to purchase the steer.
“It was a shock to me when I heard how much his steer sold for,” said Sydney May, “but it’s sad because Cash was one of the major ways Hudson’s memory was kept alive.”
“It’s absolutely amazing how much of an impact he made on people’s lives. I thought it was $10,000, and I was still shocked. It’s just crazy,” said Andi Benson, family friend of Folkerts.
“Hudson was funny, sweet and always positive,” said May, “he always lived life to the fullest.” Many students at Tomball Independent School District knew Folkerts as a very hardworking and responsible FFA member.
Though Hudson has moved on, his memory lives on everyday in the hearts of those who knew him.