Volunteers for the 60th Atascosa County Livestock Show have been planning for this milestone event and are hoping for another successful show.
Last year, bidders spent a record-breaking amount of $677,688– up $90,000 from 2012’s sales. The Grand Champion Steer, shown by Ruben Guzman of Somerset FFA, brought $9,000 and was purchased by Mac Haik’s Southway Ford and Coors/ Glazer’s Distributing.
The Top Ten Buyers for 2013 were: Alpha Machine and Repair, Dewey Bellows Operations, Douglas Daniel and Brandon Hudson, Lawyers; Gaydos Construction, LLC, Mac Haik Southway Ford, Northcut Ranch, Pursch Motors, Inc.; Wal-Mart, Water Well Services, Inc. and Wiley Lease Co, Ltd.
For 2014, the ACLS is handling the buyer levels differently. Contribution Levels will be instituted this year with the following categories:
$25,000 and up
$20,000 – $24,999
$15,000 – $14,999
$10,000 – $14,999
So far, H-E-B has pledged to be a Silver Buyer and Daniel and Hudson, LLC have committed to be a Bronze Buyer.
The Parade of Champions, is scheduled for Saturday, January 18 for those exhibits making the final cut. And of course, the big auction will begin at 1 p.m. There will be a complimentary meal at 11 a.m. for those buyers who are registered.
The Atascosa County Livestock Show Association Officers are: Joe Taylor, President; Jeff Kennedy, Vice President; Paige Jenschke, Recording Secretary; Kevin Sparks, Executive Secretary/ Treasurer; Richard Klaus, Facility Manager. The Directors are Randy Ramey, Mark Lutz, Trace Blair, Allan Rankin, Randy Gates, Darryl Ashley, Alfred Krueger, Ernest Davila, Darren Trimmer, Hayward Deckard, Joey Van Hecke, Mark Bauer, Jason Akers, Joe Taylor, Roger Caraway, Clint Rodriguez, Mike Harrison, Peter Hons, Buster Matocha, Chester Gonzales, Richard Klaus, Steve Richter, Scott Heffernan, Kim Lutz, Sean Williams, Durwin Saunders, Doug Black and Shane Adams.
The Agriculture Science Teachers are Charlotte- Jason Fleming; Jourdanton – Ric Hunter, John Lanier and Peggy Georg; Lytle – Bobby McConathy, Randy Beard and Jill Thompson; Pleasanton – Amanda Hargrove, Paige Jenschke and Kevin Sparks; Poteet – Jeff Kennedy, Matt Sewell and Jackie Martin and Somerset – Justin Taylor and Nicole Roberts. Dale Rankin is the Atascosa County Agent.
The 2014 show is dedicated to the memory of several men who had been very involved in the success of the show over the years. They are Roy Wheeler, Tommy Shearrer and Jason Krueger.
First show 1955
The first county livestock show was held February 12, 1955 in Pleasanton’s courtyard. There were 23 classes with a total of 150 entries in the junior division.
The directors for that first show included: E. W. Wehman, Roland Schulze, G.E. Kuretsch, Gene Turbow, Guy Mayhew, Kenneth Hughes, D. C. Mead, Ben Lyssy, John Wilson, Nolan Brown, Travis Hayden, Ray Meyer, J. V. Gates, Paul Williams Herol Veteto and Dale Frieberger.
Each school in the county donated $50 towards the show. The Pleasanton Rotary Club donated proceeds from a pancake supper to help defray the expenses, too.
The price of the Grand Champion Steer was not mentioned in the 1955 article, but Ricks Co. was the top buyer. They paid 33 cents per pound – $192.72 – for Robert Hanna’s fat steer. Doing the math, the steer weighed in at 584 pounds.
In 1955, there also were no total dollar amount of sales revealed. In 1964, $15,881.78 was spent. That amount nearly quadrupled 10 years later in 1974 with the bidding reaching $60,552.95.The next 10 years saw it tripling to $181,167.16. Then in 1994, when the 80s oil boom had busted, the sales went down to $12,195.65. in 2004, it more than doubled reaching $281,120.00.
While animals have grown and bidding has been up and down thoughout the years, the success of this show is sure to continue.