McCulloch ag kids gearing up for Feb. Houston Stock Show

The 2002 Houston Livestock Show marks the final year that 4-H and FFA youth exhibitors from across Texas will compete in Reliant Hall, and 20 4-H exhibitors and 17 FFA members from McCulloch County have entered to be there. The 2002 show runs from Feb. 12 through March 3 at Reliant Park. The junior show, which showcases the animal projects of these FFA and 4-H exhibitors, begins livestock competition on Friday, Feb. 22. Professional breeders and ranchers will compete for top prize money and global recognition in the livestock industry during the first 10 days of the show, beginning Wednesday, Feb. 13. Entries from both the open and junior shows, along with the horse show, combine to make the Houston Livestock Show the largest of its kind in the world. The following is a listing of categories and the McCulloch County 4-Hers and FFA members that have entered the livestock show: JUNIOR MARKET STEERS Jay Behrens, Jenna Behrens, Joshua Behrens, Jeffrey Friar, Justin Friar, Katie Kidd, Casey Kidd, Leslie Ranne, Erica Roueche, Roz Roueche, Bo Stuart, Hunter Stuart, Victoria Galindo and Lance Helberg. JUNIOR BREEDING BEEF HEIFERS Justin Friar, Leslie Ranne, Bo Stuart, Joe Constancia and Lance Helberg. JUNIOR MARKET LAMBS Dylan Jacoby, Holden Jacoby, Adam Jacoby, Zachary Jones, Bailey Bozeman, Quentin Powell and Tyler Williams. JUNIOR MARKET BARROWS Meagan Schaffner, Jason Bloom-er, Jeremy Bloomer and Riley McFarland. JUNIOR BREEDING BEEF SCRAMBLE Justin Friar and Bo Stuart. JUNIOR MARKET TURKEYS Casey Tyler Long and Jake Gunner Long. JUNIOR MARKET GOATS Brady Donelson, Keagan Donelson, Jeffrey Friar, Justin Friar , Adam Blaine Hodges, Zachary Jones, Brandon Airheart, Daniel McAnally, Jacob McAnally, Katelin Scott, Karlton Glenn Van Dyke and Courtney Reed Williams. More than 16,000 entries, representing more than 1,000 Texas 4-H clubs and FFA chapters, will compete in this year’s junior show. A wide variety of animals will be shown in both the junior and open divisions of the livestock competition, including market steers, market barrows, market lambs, market goats, market poultry, beef and dairy heifers, breeding gilts, breeding sheep, dairy goats, llamas, commercial steers and breeding rabbits. “The 2002 Houston Livestock Show will be an event exhibitors of all ages will never forget as we hold the world’s largest livestock show in Reliant Hall one last time,” said John Sykes, assistant general manager, agricultural exhibits and competition department. “For 37 years, Reliant Hall has been the place where generations of 4-H and FFA exhibitors have gathered for fellowship, friendship and competition. We look forward to continuing that tradition in the new Reliant Center in 2003.” As supporters of the 2002 show and the move into the new facilities, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is proud to welcome Reliant Energy and Ford as Heritage Partners. The four market animal auctions (steer, lamb and goat, barrow and poultry) represent animals raised by exhibitors for food sources. The finest animals in each of these categories are eligible for their individual market auctions. In 2001, the Houston Livestock Show’s junior market auction sale totaled $6,297,573, including a record $600,000 paid for the grand champion market steer. In addition to livestock competition, the show plays host to one of the premier horse shows in the country. Cutting horse events begin the horse show competition on Tuesday, Feb. 12. The National Cutting Horse Association championship finals follow Feb. 14-17, as well as competition in six different breeds of horses: Appaloosa, Arabian, Half Arabian, Paint, Palamino and Quarter Horse, plus donkeys and mules. The 2002 Houston Livestock Show and RodeoTM kicks off on Thursday, Feb. 7, with the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest, slated for Feb. 7-9, in the southwest Reliant Park parking lot. Go Texan weekend is Feb. 9-10, including contests, the downtown rodeo parade and the Conoco Rodeo Run. On Friday, Feb. 8, high school seniors from across 60 Texas counties will be recognized with the presentation of the Area Go Texan scholarships. The streets of downtown Houston will fill with the sounds of horses’ hooves, children’s laughter and marching bands on Saturday, Feb. 9, for the annual rodeo parade at 10 a.m. After traveling by horseback to Houston, thousands of trail riders will join the parade festivities. Prior to the parade, the Conoco 10K Rodeo Run will kick off its 15th year as approximately 5,000 runners make their way from downtown to Enron Field. All entry fees from the Rodeo Run are donated to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Educational Fund. Go Texan fun continues at Reliant Park with teams competing in dominoes, washer pitching and horseshoe pitching in Reliant Arena on Saturday. The team penning competition will take place in Reliant Arena on Sunday, Feb. 10. From Feb. 12 to March 3, the winning entries in the Go Texan quilt and photography contests will be displayed in the Western Heritage Gallery in Reliant Hall. RodeoHoustonTM action takes off on Feb. 12 with outstanding PRCA action in the world’s richest regular-season rodeo, the world’s largest calf scramble, chuck wagon races, indoor fireworks and concert entertainment. Only the top 60 cowboys and cowgirls in the world are invited to compete in RodeoHouston’s seven PRCA and WPRA events’bareback bronc riding, barrell racing, bull riding, calf roping, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling and team roping. The exciting performance also includes entertainment by some of the music industry’s hottest artists. Rodeo-Houston finals will be held on Saturday, March 2. On Sunday, March 3, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo fans, officials and volunteers say one last goodbye to the Reliant Astrodome with a concert finale. This sold-out event will feature country music superstar George Strait. For the educational experience, show visitors of all ages can enjoy the AGventure Plaza, daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. In the AGventure Arena, children can learn about the sport of rodeo during rodeo education presentations and meet the cowboy competitors during weekday sessions. Youngsters also can participate in their own rodeo during the daily Stick Horse Rodeo. Additional entertainment in the arena includes the Super Scientific Circus and The Doggies of the Wild West and Calamity Jo’s Magical Wild West Show. For a mini-education in agriculture, visitors can check out Destination: AGventure, a unique learning experience with interactive displays, live animals and friendly information from industry professionals and university personnel. Located in the East Wing of Reliant Hall, this exhibit is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. In AGventure Plaza, visitors can get up close with animals in the petting zoos. The whole family will enjoy holding, feeding and petting the exotic and domestic animals. And, don’t worry about the dirt’hand washing stations are conveniently located. The fast-paced pig races return to AGventure Plaza for another year with the porky contestants racing daily around a 150-foot track to the finish line. The Hideout, on the east side of the Relinat Astrodome, is the place to be for live music and entertainment. Local artists of all ages showcase their best performances during the talent contest, with daily winners advancing for the selection of a grand prize winner. Each night at 9:30 p.m. (8:30 p.m. on Sunday), nationally and regionally recognized headliners step up to the microphone to delight audiences. The Hideout is open to ages 21 and up after 8 p.m. on weekdays and Saturdays and 7 p.m. on Sundays. While there will be limited reserved day pass parking pre-sold through Ticketmaster, the Rodeo METRO Express, sponsored by Ford and Your Texas Ford Dealers, is the easiest way to get to the show. Free shuttles are available for all show visitors from 10 locations throughout Houston. From the northwest, riders can catch the shuttles at Delmar Stadium and METRO North Shepherd Park and Ride. On the northeast side, the shuttle location is the METRO Eastex Park and Ride. In the southeast, the METRO Fuqua Park and Ride and METRO Monroe Park and Ride serve as pick-up and drop-off locations. The Aramco Services Company at 9009 West Loop South, METRO West Loop Park and Ride and METRO Westwood Park and Ride will serve patrons on the southwest side. Centrally located, the Enron Field B and C lots and Reed Road HLS&R will offer longer hours of operation than the other locations. Each lot is serviced by METRO lift buses. A map to all shuttle locations and shuttle hours can be found on the show’s website at www.rodeo-houston.com or www.hlsr.com. Ticket prices for the 2002 RodeoHouston are $14 and include admission to the horse show (excluding National Cutting Horse Association events), livestock show, carnival, all exhibits, special attractions and the rodeo. Tickets are available at the Reliant Park.

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