Organizers expect 98 animals to be exhibited by 4H members and FFA students at the McMullen County Livestock Show in Tilden on Saturday, January 22.
The youngsters have been grooming their animals and will be ready for judging early Saturday morning. The pens of bunnies (7:30 a.m.) and poultry will be judged first – followed by swine, goats, lambs, heifers and steer entries.
The number of exhibits in each category should be: steers – 6; heifers – 3; poultry pens – 5; rabbit pens – 31; swine – 15; lambs – 6; and goats – 32.
Retired ag science teacher Juan Flores from Hebbronville, will be judging the large animals. Robert Goslin of Jourdanton will be judging rabbits. The poultry and showmanship competition will be judged by Stacey Fizer Samuel Clemens H.S. in Schertz.
Coordinators for the event say the McMullen County Fair Association still needs donors for awards and premium money. To donate premium money, call Tiffany Serrata at 361-449-6105.
The big auction begins at 2 p.m. with auctioneer Boyd Grimshaw. He will be assisted by ring men Joe Albert Yanas and Carrol Almendarez.
Overseeing the event will be McMullen County Livestock Show Board members: Fair Board President Sheila Kuenstler; Vice President Chris Turner; Secretary Janie Megliorino; Treasurer Tiffany Serrata; Members: Clint Walker; Carlos Casas; Carroll Almndarez; and Katie Blaha. Others include: Ring Steward Carrol Almendarez; and Superintendents: beef – Sheila Kuenstler; goat – Chris Turner; swine – Clint Walker; lambs – Tiffany Serrata; rabbits – Katie Blaha; and poultry – Janie Megliorino.
Other key people at the show are Bookkeeper Dale Patterson; announcer Joe Albert Yanas; FFA/ Vocational Ag Teacher Jim Harris and Co. Ag Extension Agent/4H Advisor Issac Cavazos.
Ribbons for all participants and rosettes for the champions, as well as buckles, will be awarded, thanks to sponsors.
Ribbon sponsors include: Lottie and Neill Hollan, Joe and Misty Verastagui, MobileOCrete of South Texas, River Rim Resort–Concan, Dean and Sheila Kuenstler and Linda Lee Henry.
Buckle sponsors this year include grand champions: steer – Jim & Ruth Marsh; heifers – Guy, Janie & Ty Megliorino; lambs – Donnell Ranch; goats – Tommy & Cathy Zavisch; swine – Tommy & Cathy Zavisch; poultry – Donald Haynes; rabbits – Carl Almendarez and Catie Blaha.
The reserve grand champion buckle sponsors this year include: steer – Texas Ag Finance; heifers – Sheila Kuenstler; lambs – Mr. & Mrs. Martin Harris; goat – Paul’s Services; swine – Lester Powers Ranch; poultry – Saylee Ranch; and rabbits – Melissa & Rudy Mesa.
For the showmanship awards, the sponsors are: steers – Mr. & Mrs. Martin Harris; lambs – Tres Rios Buckles; goats – Ruhmann Ranch; and swine – McMullen Co. Title Company.
Premium money donors are James Donnell, Nell Hodgins, Jimmy Rayes, Karnes Electric Coop, Stallion Oilfield Services, Swift Energy, Dickinson Sales & Service and Bonnie Koonce.
Six buyer syndicates (or buyer groups) play a big part in the bidding at the auction. The syndicates are made up of individuals, families and businesses which pool their money. The groups accept any amount of money to help the exhibitors – or they can split their funds with individual buyers. Those interested in pledging money may contact one of the syndicate leaders:
Atascosa Syndicate (Walt Franklin – 830-569-8741);
Schoolhouse Syndicate (Krystal Huschke – 361-274- 2000);
Calliham Syndicate (Pat McClaugherty – 361-274- 3207);
San Miguel Syndicate (Marty Harris – 830-264- 3228);
Fowlerton Syndicate (Jamie Donnell – 830-373-4580); and Siddon’s Beefmaster Syndicate.
The Sophomore Class will provide concessions in the morning. The McMullen County Fair Board will also be serving BBQ lunch plates during the break between the show and the auction (2 p.m.) The meal is $7 per plate. The BBQ is being provided by the Fair Board, and all profits will be divided equally among this year’s stockshow participants.