Help energize our youth
by Chip Latcham
Jan 30, 2013 | 2194 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Maybe it’s because it hasn’t been freezing cold, or people’s focus has been on other pressing matters, the Eagle Ford or Super Bowl.

Regardless, it’s junior show time again in Bee County, and a quick trip out to the Expo Center grounds will verify its return.

Congratulations to Karlee Bernal of Stampede 4-H, this year’s show queen, and her court. Also, best wishes to the rosette winners and participants in all categories, youths and adults.

The schedule of events continues on Thursday, when rabbits, lambs and goats will be judged, along with an open house and sale of certain food items. On Friday, hogs will be judged and projects for the premium sale will be selected.

From all indications, it should be a successful event on Saturday, with awards presentation at noon, luncheon to follow, and the premium sale starting at 2 p.m.

Bee County Extension Agent Matt Bochat said this year there were about 360 to 370 total entries, “up in some categories and down in others.”

On Tuesday afternoon, he was preparing for the check-in of commercial heifers and steers. He added that the homemaking part of the show (crafts, food and clothing) had seen a “ton of entries.”

Judging from the success of other nearby junior shows, Bee County’s youths may experience a generous increase in 2013.

According to this week’s Progress, the McMullen County Livestock Show and Auction brought in a record $392,700 on Saturday, Jan. 26. Last year, the total was $275,600 from the auction – so it was up by more than $117,000.

“The oilfield has helped boost our sales up to reach another phenomenal record,” said McMullen County Fair Board President Chris Turner.

“The local people really contributed to our auction with strong financial support also,” he added.

Bochat said that he had learned the Karnes County junior show also had experienced an increase of about $90,000 at its recent sale.

He urged Bee County residents and business owners to attend Saturday’s special concluding event and show the young people the community’s appreciation for their hard work and dedication.

We would like to thank everyone who volunteered to make our show another success for our kids, and those willing to contribute to their projects, resulting in lifelong lessons.

– Chip Latcham

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