Records broken during county livestock show
The 2013 Wilson County Junior Livestock Show ended its almost weeklong run Jan. 26 with the annual auction. The show, which began Jan. 19 with a horse show, culminated with the auction, with projects from 4-H and FFA exhibitors from across Wilson County exhibiting horses, lambs, goats, rabbits, pigs, turkeys, broilers, and cattle. According to Show Manager Bob Baker, this year’s show was one of the most successful in terms of exhibitors and auction proceeds.
“We had almost 500 school-age exhibitors with 835 entries at the show this year, both the most ever,” Baker said. The ever-increasing price of animals and the extraordinarily high feed costs were concerns of the show as to how it would affect the number of exhibitors. “We were very concerned about the costs to the exhibitors of raising projects, but the exhibitors and their families did an extraordinary job raising and showing the animals,” Baker said. “I had several of the judges compliment the quality of animals at our show and indicate that the quality was as good as you will find anywhere in the state,” Baker added.
The totals for the auction sale are still being calculated, but Baker indicated that it looks like the auction will set a record for the amount of money spent.
“The community has been phenomenal in the support of the kids,” Baker said. “Buyers spent what appears to be more money than ever and the crowds at the different judging events supporting the kids were great. It was just a great week.”
Baker concluded by saying congratulations to all of the exhibitors and especially the county agents and ag science teachers for a job well done. And a special thank you was expressed to all of the officers, directors, superintendents, and especially the volunteers for their hard work and dedication.
“People sometimes wonder why we do this; it is really pretty simple,” Baker said. “Seeing the face of a first-year exhibitor light up when he or she gets that ribbon and makes the sale is priceless. That is why we do this.”
The 2014 Wilson County Junior Livestock Show is scheduled for Jan. 18-25.