Our neighbors to the south in Tilden will be featuring their youth this Friday and Saturday, January 25 & 26, during the McMullen County Junior Livestock Show and auction. A record breaking total of 118 animals are expected to be shown.
The sale will be held on Saturday after the judging.
It all takes place at the Lion Arena Show Barn, just off State Highway 16.
The official weigh-in will be held from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Friday, January 25.
Little Britches Show
A new category has been added this year – a Little Britches Show. At this time, there are 12 exhibitors participating. They from 5 to 8 years of age, and are not currently in 4-H or FFA. The competition will be on Friday, January 25 beginning at 6 p.m.
Little Britches judge will be Nichole Sullivan, Ag Science Teacher from Mary Carroll High School in Corpus Christi.
Judging will be held on Saturday morning beginning at 7:30 a.m. The order will be as follows: Swine, Goats, Lambs, Heifers, Steers, Rabbits and Poultry.
The large animal judge is Jim Missildine. Showmanship and Poultry will be judged by Stacy Fizer. Robert Gosslin will be judging rabbits.
So far, there will be 10 steers, 2 heifers, 26 goats, 14 lambs, 25 swine, 4 poultry and 37 pens of rabbits.
Organizers are hopeful for another record-breaking sale this year. Last year’s total reached $275,600. The auction begins at 2 p.m. with Boyd Grimshaw at the helm of the microphone. Chris Turner and Carl Almendarez will serve as ring men.
A catered barbecue dinner by McBee’s will be available for $10 per plate. The Junior Class will also have a concession stand this year.
The donors for the buckles are as follows:
Little Britches: Swine – The Seidel Family, Jason Cooper and Brian Dusek. The donors for the Goats and Lambs wish to remain anonymous.
Grand Champion: Rabbits – Ruhmann Ranch; Poultry – Ranch Saylee; Swine – Texas Purple Sage; Goats – Seidel Construction; Lambs – Stallion; Steers – Marty & Carol Harris; Heifers – Mr. & Mrs. Martin Harris.
Reserve Champion: Rabbits – Donnie Haynes; Poultry – Mike Teal; Swine – Pauls Services; Goats – Donnell Family; Lambs – Cowboy Laundry/ Virginia Twins; Steers – Texas Ag Finance; Heifers – Lester Powers Ranch.
Showmanship: Swine – Paws Energy; Goats – In Memory of Ismeal & Lola Gonzales; Lambs – McMullen County Title Co.; Steers – Jim & Ruth Marsh.
Livestock premium money donors are: James Donnell, Pauls Services, Karnes Electric, Brown Computers, Swift, Nell Hodgin, Bonnie Koonce, The Campana Foundation, Stallion and Dickinson Sales.
The donors for the ribbons are Langley Enterprises – Charles and Gina Langley.
Helping to see that this is a successful event are Fair Board Members: President – Chris Turner, Vice President – Clint Walker, Treasure/ Secretary – Tiffany Serrata, Members – Catie Blaha, Jacki Seidel, Kristy Lewis, Carl Almendarez and Carlos Casas.
Superintendents for the show are: Beef – Chris Turner and Carlos Casas, Goats – Jacki Seidel and Carl Almendarez, Swine – Clint Walker and Carl Almendarez, Lambs – Tiffany Serrata, Rabbits/ Poultry – Catie Blaha and Kristy Lewis
Other key members are FFA/Vocation Ag Teacher Jim Harris and County Ag Extension Agent/4-H Advisor Isaac Cavazos.