It was the first day of animal check-in for the Bee County Junior Livestock and Homemakers Show.
Bee County Extension Agent Matt Bochat said there are 370 total animal projects this year.
As far as entries per category, “it depends on the category,” he said. “Some are up and some are down”
He has a positive outlook for this year’s show and weather is working in his favor.
“Last year it was hot. It was stressful on the animals, no question.” Bochat said.
This year the temperatures are expected to be cooler and it will be less stressful on the animals.
Bochat also has high hopes in terms of raising money for the kids.
“We are always looking to raise at least as much as we did last year,” he said.
Both Karnes and McMullen counties have already held their shows this year and both raised more than they did last year. McMullen in particular raised$117,000 more than last year.
“It bodes pretty well for our show,” he said. “The money is up.”
He credits the influx of new businesses, including the oil and gas companies, to helping boost sales in other local shows. He hopes the trend will continue in Bee County, but everyone will have to wait until after the sale this weekend to find out if the trend holds true.
Bochat encourages everyone in the county to come out and see the livestock and look at the homemakers show over the next few days.
He said everyone should see the experience of kids working with animals.
“It is a unique experience,” he said. “It is agriculture at its finest.”
Animal check-ins and judging will continue for the remainder of the week with the show culminating in the sale on Saturday at 2 p.m.