Oct. 19-20 event promises fun for youth and savings for parents
Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, firstname.lastname@example.org
NACOGDOCHES – There’s still time to register and prepare for the 2013 Show Star Series, said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service county agents.
Set Oct. 19-20 at the Nacogdoches County Expo Center, 3805 NW Stallings Drive, Nacogdoches, the event is designed for novice/beginner livestock exhibitors, 4-H and FFA, regardless of age, said Lane Dunn, AgriLife Extension agent for Shelby County and one of the program planners.
Young livestock enthusiasts will have a lot of fun at the two-day event, Dunn said, but the main purpose is to accelerate the learning process and save their parents or guardians a lot of money along the way.
“Showing livestock can be an expensive venture, especially if you have to learn things the hard way, by mistakes,” said Aaron Low, AgriLife Extension agent for Cherokee County and another program planner. “We want to get them started off on the right foot without it costing them an arm and a leg.”
Registration is $30 for the first exhibitor of a family if paid by Oct. 11. The fee for siblings and parents is $20. After Oct. 11, the exhibitor fee will be $50 and siblings and parents will be $30 each. The fees cover everything, including lunch on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday, and the use of stalls and lighted outdoor corrals.
To register, go to the event’s official webpage at http://etsss.blogspot.com/ , download the flyer and mail it to the AgriLife Extension office in either Cherokee County or Nacogdoches County. A detailed program flier can be found at the site as well. Contact information for all offices may be found at http://counties.agrilife.org/.
“No one is making any money with these fees,” said Jamie Sugg, AgriLife Extension agent for Nacogdoches County and another program planner. “We’re just trying to recover speaker fees and other costs.”
Sign-in will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Oct 19. The program will start with a presentation by Dr. Billy Zanolini, AgriLife Extension 4-H and youth development specialist, College Station, who will speak on how to be an advocate of agriculture through livestock shows, Dunn said.
At 10 a.m. the programming will split into two clinics — beef showmanship and sheep and goats showmanship.
The beef showmanship clinic will have two concurrent sessions in the morning.
Session No. 1 will be on showmanship, conducted by Jo Smith and Rick Hirsch, AgriLife Extension agents for Houston and Henderson counties, respectively.
Session No. 2 will be on feeds, proper nutritional management and selecting
structurally sound animals, conducted Jason Hendricks of Stanley Feed, Centerville; Craig Foster with 3F Cattle Service, Wylie; and Dunn.
The sessions will repeat after lunch so exhibitors can attend one in the morning and the other in the afternoon, Dunn said.
The sheep and goats showmanship clinic will also begin at 10 a.m. and split into two concurrent sessions. Session No. 1 will be on showmanship, conducted by Conner Newsom of Texas 4-H Livestock Ambassadors. Session No. 2 will be on daily management and show day preparations, conducted by Zanolini.
The afternoon sheep and goats sessions will be on questions about joint problems and a demonstration of goat clipping.
At 4 p.m. the showmanship contests will begin, with critiques and in-the-ring instruction by AgriLife Extension agents on everything from how to enter the ring, hold the halter and present the animal, Dunn said.
On Oct. 20, the day will begin at 8 a.m. with a cowboy church service, followed by the show at 9 a.m.
The show will conclude when judges are finished – there’s no set time, Dunn said.
The expo facility includes a 78,000-square-foot arena, covered stalls and more than 60 recreational-vehicle hook-ups, as well as shower facilities in four of the restrooms. Contestants will have to pay for the RV spaces and hookups if they use them, and go through the Expo center to do so, Dunn noted.
“Every youth attending this event will leave with a wealth of education,” he said. “They will also be rewarded with prizes and items they can use in the development of their livestock projects.”