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East Central FFA Livestock, Project Show this week

East Central FFA Livestock, Project Show this week
These three exhibitors are all smiles as they demonstrate the different ways to show their broiler entries.

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December 18, 2013
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Members of the East Central FFA chapter will hold their 49th annual Livestock and Project Show Friday and Saturday, Dec. 20-21, in San Antonio. This year the show will be dedicated to retiring Superintendent Gary Patterson. Under his direction, the East Central Independent School District (ECISD) has built a new high school with a greatly needed AgriScience Complex and improvements to existing facilities.

The prospect show assists exhibitors in preparing for the upcoming Bexar County Livestock Show -- set for Tuesday, Dec. 31, through Saturday, Jan. 3.

Students are allowed to move in animals for the event after school on Thursday. Check-in, weighing, and sifting will take place Friday from 2-5 p.m. Students will compete for prize money, buckles, and banners during this event.

Kicking off Friday’s event will be the judging of poultry at 5 p.m. This will be followed by breeding goats, breeding sheep, breeding cattle, and market steers.

Saturday’s events begin at 7 a.m. with the rabbit show, ag mechanic projects, and the judging of breeding swine, market swine, market goats, and market lambs.

“This is a community-wide event,” said Booster Club President Mike Stowalski. “Prizes were made possible by our community purchasing advertising in our Livestock & Project Show Program and we hope everyone will support those advertisers that have graciously supported our FFA members.”

On Saturday, there will be a craft show, silent auction, and drawing for members of the community to enjoy while supporting the East Central FFA program.

A concession stand will be available.

At the conclusion of the show, students will take their projects to county and major livestock shows, such as the Bexar County Livestock Show and the San Antonio Livestock Show.

“We try to run a well-rounded program and we are very unique among Agricultural Science Programs in the state of Texas,” said Lorie Kempen, AgriScience instructor. “Our kids are involved in livestock shows, Leadership Development Events, Career Development Events, leadership positions, certifications, and challenging classroom instruction. Our program is open to all students grades third through 12th that attend ECISD schools.”

For more information, call the ag department at 210-581-1185.

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