The annual event gives local kids from all across Karnes County the opportunity to showcase and compete with their livestock projects, baked goods, homemaking and handicraft entries.
“We had a remarkable show,” Texas AgriLife Extension Service Agent Meredith Carter said. “The kids did great and we are really proud of them. They all had outstanding projects.”
“The community support, in general, was just outstanding this year,” Carter said.
None of the auction items sold for less than $1,000, and the total base amount for the auction was at least $525,000. This amount does not include “bumps” or amounts added by other buyers to the amounts items sold for at auction, and the “bumps” can be significant amounts.
Organizers are still tallying the results and full results, photos, and information will be published in the 2012 Karnes County Youth Show Special Section which will be published soon in The Karnes Countywide.
The Friday night Baked Goods Sale went especially well this year, Carter said.
“We sold out of every baked good item in 38 minutes,” Carter said. “It was like Black Friday. People were busting at the seams to come in.”
Carter said there were a number of energy companies that contributed to the success of this year’s show, but local support was even more impressive.
“We saw a lot of local people coming and just wanting to give back to the community,” Carter said. “They may have benefitted from the recent boom. A lot of people were ready to give back this year.”
“Of course, one hundred percent goes to the kids,” she explained. “It is nice to see the kids benefit from that – to see them rewarded for months of dedication and hard work.”
The Karnes County Youth Show Board continues to invest in the youth of Karnes County by making improvements to the showbarn, pens and grounds, Carter explained. Sponsorships have helped, such as Conoco Philips contribution of improvements to the parking lot. There will be even more improvements in the coming year, as a result of organizers having greater financial resources to invest.
The greatest rewards, however, are not monetary, Carter noted.
The real reward, she said, comes from watching the young people of Karnes County learn valuable lessons through working on and showing their projects – lessons they will likely carry with them for a lifetime.
“The learning experience is what means the most to us,” she said.
“It was really just a great show this year. We couldn’t have asked for anything better.”