Preparing for these past few issues to commemorate the 60th Atascosa County Livestock Show, it had me looking through our old bound books of previous Pleasanton Express editions. Though our “morgue” only goes back to 1952 due to a fire that destroyed earlier issues, the 1955 book was relatively intact. There are a few loose pages that are on the verge of crumbling, but since we no longer have to photocopy them, it is much easier on these brittle pages.
Looking at the Grand Champion Steer of the first Atascosa Livestock Show, I quickly noticed that he wasn’t like the steers I’ve been used to seeing over the past 25 years. The steers of the 50s were shorter and measured a good 20 inches shorter.
These retro steers were known for their stocky frames. Popular breeds were Hereford and Shorthorns from what I gathered on these early winning projects.
Steers now measure up to five feet, sometimes overshadowing their exhibitor and buyers in the ring.
The youth of our county have been working hard, devoting much of their time on their projects – animal and /or mechanical. It teaches them responsibility, accountability and also assists them to invest in future projects. Ultimately the money raised also helps in their college education.
The way I see it, I hope you are able to go to the stock show over the next few days, and especially this Saturday at the auction. Supporting these kids by watching, bidding and buying is something we all can do. If you can’t be at the auction on Saturday, but wish to contribute, contact Kim Lutz at 830-570- 3320, Chrissy Harrison at 830-570-4192, Trace Blair at 210-232-0664 or Joe Taylor at 830-570-7320.
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.