This is youth livestock show season and Atascosa County’s is over. While we haven’t heard the final numbers yet, I am hoping they are in line with – or above – 2017’s show.
Our staff was there to capture photos of the different projects throughout the week and to snap more photos of the grand champion and reserve grand champion winners and their premium buyers. Those photos are featured on our front page and in our Farm & Ranch pages in this issue.
There are hundreds of projects that make it to the auction ring and there are also hundreds of folks who contribute to buying these animals.
While everyone may not have a large budget to spend, collectively it really does all add up!
Many businesses and individuals donate to different groups/consortiums so that their dollars are stretched to the exhibitors.
Each project requires so much effort for these young people. Not only do they gain (hopefully) a financial boost once they are done, it also teaches them responsibility and accountability.
A huge shout out to the buyers who also help to support this community newspaper. It’s a bonus to see our advertisers who are also out in our community supporting our youth and also make it possible for us to publish their accomplishments in our pages – HEB, Price Chevrolet-Powersports-Lightning Carwash, Granzins, Methodist Hospital South, Security State Bank, Walmart, and WRI Outdoors to name just a few of the premium buyers.
The way I see it, being a small part of these shows helps our youth in so many ways. Even if you are there to show your support by attending and maybe volunteering – you are helping to form these kids into contributing members to society.
SUE BROWN is the editor of the Pleasanton Express. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or write at P.O. Drawer 880, Pleasanton, TX 78064.