After months of hard work, 450 local 4-H and FFA youth will see how well their livestock and mechanic projects measure up at the 59th annual Atascosa Junior Livestock Show.
Over 1,000 livestock entries and about 50 agriculture mechanic projects are expected to be sifted and/ or judged over the next few days.
Events were already underway on Tuesday with rabbits and goats being judged by Mike Franke and Jim Missildine, respectively.
Judging will continue Wednesday and run through Friday, January 18. The Parade of Champions, are scheduled for Saturday, January 19 for those exhibits making the final cut. And of course, the big auction will begin at 1 pm.
On Wednesday, the Poultry and Showmanship judging begins at 10:30 a.m. with Dennis Ellebracht making the call for winners. Juding of the Market Lambs will begin after classifying (2 pm.) Marty Gibbs will serve as judge.
At 3 p.m., Judge Teddy Byrd will begin to examine the craftsmanship of the Ag Mechanics exhibits.
Thursday morning kicks off at 8 a.m. and Judge Brandon Anderson has the duty of ranking swine on Thurs- day morning. Market will be followed by the Breeding Swine competition.
Those with Beef projects will be busy throughout the day with preliminary check-ins, sifting and classifications. Juan Flores will act as Steer Classifier.
At 8 a.m. Friday, January 18, Doug Pierce will begin judging the Beef Cattle competitors (market then breeding). Ag Mechanics projects must be removed from the Showbarn by noon. At 2 p.m., or immediately following the Beef Show, there will be a Judging Contest.
At 3 p.m. Friday, all exhibitors participating in the auction on Saturday will help set up for the auction.
Parade of Champions & Auction
Just about everyone’s favorite events – the Parade of Champions gets underway Saturday, January 19 at 11 a.m. There are two judges for Showmanship – Cody Cook (Tuesday & Wednesday) and Roger Welch (Thursday & Friday).
At the same time, the hospitality area for auction buyers will be open. The auction sale begins at 1 p.m. with the popular Joey Tomlinson returning to take the helm as auctioneer.