School is out, parents’ work schedules have been changed and 184 kids are gearing up for their chance in the show ring Friday and Saturday at the 2001 McCulloch County Junior Livestock Show and Sale. For many of this year’s competitors, this show and sale will be the first of many as they go on to larger shows such as ones at San Angelo, Houston and San Antonio. For others, this show will be the culmination of a year-long project that will end in the sale ring Saturday night. Many contestants have made countless trips to the barn to feed and groom, and they have spent untold hours working with their animals to prepare them for the ring. No matter how much time has been spent, the participants in this weekend’s livestock show are ready to get things going. With time winding down until the show sale is here, organizers are still recruiting local businesses and individuals to provide financial support for the youth involved. “Last year was a record year in funds raised for the kids,” said McCulloch County Extension Agent Jerry Kidd. “This year we really need the continued support of the businesses to ensure that the event is a success. When you have the kind of support that the local businesses have shown in the past, it really encourages kids who only compete on a county level.” The Little Britches competitions are sure to entertain all of those who attend as children ages eight and under head into the ring with a competitors animal as they try their hand at showmanship. The showmanship classes for each species will feature the top entrants of each class that exhibit exemplary show skills. The classes will be subdivided by the exhibitor’s age as of the day of the show. Little Britches will be eight and under, Junior Class will be 13 years and under and Senior Class will be 14 years and older. Each species’ showmanship class will be open and voluntary to all exhibitors within their age group. Each exhibitor must be the owner of the animal being used with the exception of the Little Britches event. Last year’s premium sale brought over $63,000 to the auction block and after all add-on monies were tallied, over $72,000 went to benefit the show and the youth involved in it. This year, organizers are hoping to break that record in yet another show of support for the future of McCulloch County.