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All trailers lead to 78th annual stock show

By Carolyn B. Edwards BCC Staff Writer

The 78th Annual Bandera County Junior Livestock show will be held Jan. 9-11, 2014 at the Mansfield Park Showbarn. If you are new in town and are not sure where the showbarn is, just follow the parade of trucks and trailers driving out Highway 16 North!
"The County Stock show is the culmination of many long hours, days, weeks, and months of hard work put in by our 4-H and FFA members and their families. The stock show program helps build "life skills" such as time management, record keeping, competition, sportsmanship, leadership skills and discipline, just to name a few," said County Extension Agent Stacy Teston.
This year there are over 530 entries in the show, with 4-H and FFA members from all over the county participating.
"Everyone is encouraged to come out to the show and see some of the best livestock in the Hill Country," said County Extension Agent Sam Womble.
Animals will start arriving on Thursday, Jan. 9 at 8 am. Judging begins with the sheep and lambs at 12:30 pm. Judges will also rank the broilers, turkeys, farm mechanics projects, angora goats, meat and market goats on the first day of the show.
On Friday morning, cattle and steers, rabbits, and swine will be presented to the judges. The horse show begins at 2 pm in the rodeo arena.
The show concludes with the auction on Saturday, beginning at noon.
For a complete schedule of the show, go to the Farm and Ranch section.
Food and drinks will be available at the concession stand during the entire show and auction. Concession stand proceeds benefit the Bandera County 4-H program. Enjoy a delicious hamburger, sausage wrap or Frito pie while supporting the best and hardest working young people in the county.
The auction will take place on Saturday following the Stock Show Award ceremony. Auction buyer registration will begin at 10:30 am. To help support our contact the Bandera County Jr. Livestock Show Association at 830-796-7755.
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 2013-14 are Chairman Kevin Meier, Vice Chairman Jim Mangold, Secretary Reagan Mazurek, Show Secretary Penny Smith and Treasurer Jim Mangold. Directors include Robert Ashley, Ike Craddock, Steve Morgan, Toni Batto, Chris Wilson, Mike Starnes, Russell Hevenor, Julie Meier, John McNamara, Glen Flach, Barbara Mazurek and JT Turner.
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.