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Junior Livestock Show & Sale this week

By Carolyn B. Edwards BCC Staff Writer

Once again, it's time for the annual Bandera County Junior Livestock Show and Sale. The 2013 event kicked off Wednesday, as local 4-Hers and FFA members began bringing in over 520 animal and ag mechanic project entries to the show barn at Mansfield Park in Bandera.
"Everyone has been working hard for weeks for the show," said Texas AgriLife Extension Service office administrator Julie Mangold. "We're pleased with the number of entries, considering the economy."
Early today, Jan, 10, that parade of animals continued with all animals in place by 10 am. That magic hour also signaled the start of the show's rabbit showmanship event.
Sheep, lambs, broilers, turkeys, goats and farm mechanics projects are set to be judged this afternoon.
Cattle, rabbits and swine will be walked through the show ring Friday with events beginning at 8 am and continuing through 2 pm.
The 4-H Horse Show kicks off at 2 in the arena at Mansfield Park.
For winners and non-winners both, the stockshow marks the end of months of learning the skills of caring for their agricultural animals, record keeping, and financial decision making.
The winners in all categories will enter the auction ring on Saturday, hoping to sell their animals for enough to pay the feed bills and put a little something in that college fund. "I have two kids in college thanks to this Bandera stockshow," said Mangold. "One on a full ride scholarship."
The community is encouraged to turn out for this event and open their wallets. Buyers can form groups to pool their dollars to offer more generous bids and help send more Bandera county kids to college. Buyer registration is at 10:30 am with a barbecue lunch for the buyers from 11 am to noon.
Stock Show Award winners will be announced at 11:30 am and the auction begins at high noon.
The 2013 show and sale is the 77th for Bandera County. Through good weather and bad, good economies and bad, the show always manages to be a success, thanks in no small part to hundreds of volunteers, parents, teachers, siblings, the hard-working staff at the Texas AgriLife Extension Service office, 4-H and FFA project leaders, and the indefatigable board of the Junior Livestock Show and Sale.
Board officers for 2012-13 are Chairman Kevin Meier, Vice Chairman Jim Mangold, Secretary Reagan Mazurek, Show Secretary Penny Smith and Treasurer Jim Mangold.
Directors include Steve Morgan, Kevin Meier, Toni Batto, Chris Wilson, Les Tschirhart, Penny Smith, Russell Hevenor, Julie Meier, John McMamara, Glen Flach, Barbara Mazurek, Joe Bob Powell, Reagan Mazurek, Robert Ashley, Ike Craddock and Jim Mangold.
In addition to showing their animals and ag mechanics projects, youth will vie for a number of special awards and scholarships, including High Point Individual, Larry Bausch Agriculture Citizenship Award, MR Sandidge Courtesy Award, Bandera Masonic Lodge #1123 Achievement Award, Alton Reininger Memorial Award, Hubert Mazurek Agricultural Achievement Award, Lee Turner Memorial Champion Stockman, Cindy Kline Horse Award, and the Thomas H. "Bub" Keese Bandera County Jr. Livestock Show Association Scholarship.