Bathing and shearing
are part of the responsibilities of raising lambs for
Livestock show has benefited Nueces County youths
Project sales have funded college degrees
During its 67-year history, the Nueces County Junior Livestock
Show has provided many youth with the opportunity to exhibit
their talents in the areas of animal husbandry, wood-working
and welding, cooking and sewing.
The reason behind the success of this show is the continued
involvement of families through the years as evidenced by the
number of second- and third-generation participants.
The first show, organized by Nueces county agent W.M. Sellers,
was on Feb. 22, 1936. Seventeen 4-H boys exhibited their steers
in a vacant lot between Main Street and Avenue B in Robstown.
George Tuley/Caller-Times file
Raising pigs like
this crossbreed is a matter of pride for area youngsters.
The first-place calf received a cash prize of $10 and sold
for $81. The chilling rain typified the weather that would be
associated with the show for years to come.
Future Farmers of America and Future Homemakers of America
joined the event in 1944.
Extension agents and vocational teachers are the foundation
of the show, and their dedication through the years is the essential
ingredient behind its success.
The show continued to grow during the war years and first became
known as the Nueces County Junior Livestock Show in 1944.
In 1947, the show moved from downtown Robstown to a tent on
the east side of Highway 77, near the intersection of Avenue
J. Participants in these years recall wading through the mud
and water that traditionally became associated with the event.
Variety of new events
This steer, named
'Yankee,' was a grand champion at the 2000 Nueces County
Junior Livestock Show.
Even as the show grew in size, the number and variety of events
also increased. Broilers were first shown in 1953, and turkeys
and rabbits in 1969. Horses became a part of the show in the
early 1960s and the first Queen's Contest was held in 1963.
The shop contest joined the show in 1960. Although FHA members
had been allowed to show clothing and food exhibits since 1963,
the Homemaking Division officially began in 1970. The Meat Goat
Division was the most recent livestock addition, established
A Youth Day was added at the Millennium Show. The 66th anniversary
show saw the addition of All Pro Bullriding and the first annual
NCJLS family rodeo.
Sales fund college tuition
The show also has constructed a Web site and will broadcast
the auction sale live over the Internet at www.ncjls.net.
Faithful buyers are the key to the success of the show and
have endured bitter weather and long hours on sale day right
along with the exhibitors.
at the Nueces County Junior Livestock Show includes cake-baking.
The number of livestock projects auctioned have fluctuated
over the years. The 1995 sale marked the largest ever in terms
of total projects, with a record number of 799.
The 2001 sale marked the largest sale in terms of total dollars,
with a total of $1,173,653.01.
The funding these exhibitors receive from the sale of their
livestock has provided the financial base for college degrees.
Many of today's community leaders and outstanding businessmen
and women of Nueces County received their training in leadership
and agricultural techniques through the Nueces County Junior
This annual event is an outstanding example of cooperation
between young people and their families, teachers and extension
service professionals, South Texas businesses and government
officials. The combined efforts of these groups have developed
the abilities and character of the youth involved.
The Nueces County Junior Livestock Show provides youth with
the occasion to compete in a county-wide competition.
For youth in urban areas, livestock shows are an opportunity
to touch a pig or hold a rabbit, to experience things that aren't
a regular part of city life.
It is an educational experience for the young and the old,
a chance that shouldn't be missed.
It is an opportunity for everyone to appreciate the accomplishments
of the young people involved in the show.