In Tilden, the McMullen County Livestock Show auction set a record, bringing in $275,600 in purchases – more than $80,000 above last year’s auction.
Officials in Karnes County lauded the “outstanding community support,” and the McMullen fair president said she was optimistic the sale would be successful because of the Eagle Ford Shale boom. She was right.
Now it’s Bee County’s turn in the show ring.
The Junior Livestock and Homemakers Show continues this week with events scheduled at the Expo Center through Saturday’s culminating event.
The premium sale will be staged on Feb. 4, starting at 2 p.m., following the awards and luncheon. Many of the animals are being checked in today at the former coliseum grounds on the city’s west side. With the improving economy thanks to Eagle Ford, cautious optimism would be warranted.
Judging of commercial heifers is going on this (Wednesday) afternoon, followed by a steer show at 8 p.m. On Thursday, the judging of rabbits, lambs and goats is scheduled, along with an open house and sale of some food items. Then on Friday, the judging of market hogs takes place.
The Bee-Picayune joins other community members in saluting the young participants in this year’s show. We wish them the best of luck with their animal, craft and food projects.
We hope, as in other nearby counties, numerous energy companies will contribute to the success of this year’s show, and that local support will be even more impressive.
As area officials said, it’s a great way for local citizens, companies and groups to give back to the community. And it’s nice to see the kids benefit from the sale and be rewarded for their months of dedication and hard work.
– Chip Latcham