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Wilson County show under way
Brandon Dworaczyk of the Eagle Creek 4-H Club sets a clean, fresh gallon of water for his poultry and makes sure the feed supply is also fresh.
The South Texas stock show season is well under way, with the road leading to Wilson County. This week, the Wilson County Junior Livestock Show began Jan. 19 with the horse show, picked up again on Wednesday, Jan. 23, and will conclude Saturday, Jan. 26, with the livestock and baked foods show auction set for 2 p.m. Events will take place in the Wilson County Show Barn located east of Floresville on S.H. 97.
Activity has been seen throughout the week, as ag teachers and others prepare the grounds for the show involving everything from lambs, goats, poultry, and turkeys to cattle, swine, rabbits, ag mechanics, and a baked foods show. And for those wanting to kick up their heels, a dance also will be held.
Wednesday’s events include the judging of breeding sheep at 4:30 p.m., followed by the market lamb show and sheep showmanship. Other events include the judging of breeding goats at 6 p.m., followed by market goats and showmanship.
The judging of rabbits begins the activities Thursday at 9 a.m. The judging of breeding hogs begins at 3 p.m. or 30 minutes after the completion of the rabbit show, whichever is later. The show continues with the ever-popular market hog show and showmanship honors.
The judging of poultry begins Friday’s activities at 10 a.m. with turkeys, followed by broilers.
The final judging event is the cattle show, which begins Friday at 1 p.m. with the judging of breeding stock.
The announcement of the grand champion steer will take place during the judging of the market steers, set for 4 p.m., ending with the announcement of steer showmanship winners.
Friday night’s activities conclude with the fourth annual stock show dance from 8 p.m. until midnight. The event, sponsored by the Wilson County 4-H Council, will be held in the show barn.
The baked foods auction will once again be held in conjunction with the auction of champions, set for Saturday at 2 p.m. At the conclusion of the auction, the results of the ag mechanics silent auction will be announced.
The Wilson County Junior Livestock Show’s premium auction allows the students to retain their animals after the sale, thus allowing the exhibitors to show their animals in other shows.
Businesses and individuals are invited to participate in the Kash for Kids program, now in its ninth year. See related article, page 3D.
As the Wilson County show concludes, the Fort Worth show continues through Saturday, Feb. 9.
Prior to the Fort Worth show’s conclusion, trail riders will begin their trek to the 64th annual San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, set for Thursday, Feb. 7, through Sunday, Feb. 24.
The Wilson County Junior Livestock Show sales were held in various locations throughout the years.
In the ’60s and ’70s, the exhibitors could bring their animals to the Floresville Livestock Commission Co. for sale, where W.J. “Monie” Noll, who was owner and manager, would sell their animals at absolutely no cost to the youngster. Clyde Holdcroft served as the auctioneer.
Later shows were held on a rotation basis between the three towns of Floresville, Stockdale, and Poth. These auctions were under the management of the Floresville Livestock Commission Co., the Karnes City Auction, and later the Nixon Livestock Commission Inc.
According to archives of the Floresville Chronicle-Journal, locations included Fahrenthold Gin in Poth, the McDonald Farm near Floresville, the Peanut Dryers in Floresville, and the Rodeo Arena in Stockdale.
In the 1970s, the Wilson County Junior Livestock Show Committee voted to consolidate the sale to the Wilson County Show Barn in Floresville, where it has been held ever since.
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