McCulloch Junior Livestock Show and Sale on tap this weekend at G. Rollie White

With the barns ready and the final plans being tweaked, organizers of this year’s McCulloch County Junior Livestock Show and Sale are looking forward to the start of the show season with this weekend’s show set to begin Thursday at the G. Rollie White Complex. Two major changes will be in effect during this year’s show that organizers hope will add to the fluidity of the entire event. The first major change will be the fact that the rabbit show will kick things off on Thursday night rather than the traditional Friday night time slot. The livestock show will formally begin Thursday when rabbit exhibitors will have their entrants judged in the ring beginning at 7 p.m. Barns will be open for animals to be dropped off beginning at 1 p.m. Thursday. Formal check-in for all animals in the show begins at 4:30 p.m. and will conclude at 6:30 p.m. The other major change in this year’s show is that the rules have been changed for grooming in that all animals must show up for the sale clipped and groomed for the show ring. “This will be the biggest change that will affect a lot of folks,” said McCulloch County Extension Agent Jerry Kidd. “Kids will still be able to wash and groom their animals, but all clipping must be done before they get to the G. Rollie White Complex.” In last year’s show and sale, 107 exhibitors took their project to the sale ring which helped break all records in the sale ring. When it was all said and done, business and local financial support at the sale raised more than $125,000 shattering all previous records by more than $10,000. “We really had a banner year at the sale last year and that is a tribute to the support this community gives our kids for their efforts,” said Kidd. The number of exhibitors signed up to show animals in this year’s show has bumped to 123 and, according to Kidd, the number of animals that will hit the show ring will be up in just about every classification as well. “We have about 40 cattle, 100 hogs, 100 sheep and about 280 goats not even counting the rabbits,” said Kidd. “The increase in numbers, I honestly believe, is in direct correlation to how successful the show and sale has been in the past few years. “We are still looking for buckle sponsors and for businesses or individuals who can purchase animals at the premium sale,” he continued. “If you can help out or haven’t been contacted by a board member, just let me know or contact Lisa Edmiston and we’ll get someone in contact with you to visit with you about how you can help.”

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