There was excitement in the air along with a few snowflakes as the 51st annual Archer County Jr. Livestock Show kicked off a weekend of activities and events, January 3-5, 2019. Archer County youth in various FFA chapters, 4-H clubs, and FSLA organizations exhibited animals, crafts, ag. mechanics, photography and food projects in friendly competition receiving numerous ribbons, trophies, buckles, rosettes, and award prizes. The highlight of the weekend event was the premium youth auction that wrapped up the annual activity with 144 youth participating. A total of $95,950.00 was donated to youth by area businesses, individuals, and event sponsors to reward them on accomplishments with their various projects. Money donated and raised will help youth secure next year’s projects, assist in future education plans, and offer them support with other activities.
Saturday night began with a thank you recognition to the County Judge, Commissioners and individuals involved with the major improvements to the AG barn. New lights, bathrooms and a warmer barn for spectators and entered youth were noticeable and appreciated.
Amanda Necessary was also recognized by 4-H members across the county and presented with a gift as she leaves her position of the Archer County Extension Agent-Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Dan Haile held a brief recognition ceremony for three individuals who have been heavily involved with the Livestock Show for years. This year’s honorees were GM “Mack “ Devrow and Junior and Donna Hoff. (See page 5)
In keeping with tradition, the 2019 Grand Champion Market Steer exhibited by Kasen Wiles, Windthorst 4-H member, was the first project into the ring to kick off the Archer Co. Jr. Livestock Premium Youth Auction. Donation buyer for the Grand Champion Market Steer was Myers Trucking/Chuck and Sally Myers of Seymour. Other grand champion exhibitors followed: Grand Champion Beef Heifer exhibited by Trent Price Windthorst FFA- donation buyer Big State Welding. Grand Champion Dairy Cow exhibited by Gavin Steinberger, Windthorst FFA- donation buyer was Berend Bros. Grand Champion Dairy Heifer exhibited by Gabby Hoegger, Windthorst 4-H- donation buyer was Switchhouse Ranch. Grand Champion Market Swine exhibited by Emma Lee Gray, Archer City 4-H- donation buyer was Big State Welding. Grand Champion Market Lamb exhibited by Brianna Vieth, Windthorst 4-H - donation buyer was Switchhouse Ranch. Grand Champion Market Goat exhibited by Lindy McCall, Windthorst 4-H- donation buyer was Switchhouse Ranch. Grand Champion Rabbits were exhibited by Makayla Smith, Holliday FFA– donation buyer was Red River Chevy Dealers and Taco Casa. Grand Champion Chickens were exhibited by Kacee Teichman, Windthorst 4-H – donation buyer was Berend Bros. Grand Champion Turkey was exhibited by Kreede Neal, Holliday 4-H - donation buyer was Switchhouse Ranch.
As the 2019 Archer County Jr. Livestock Show wraps up for another year the Archer County Jr. Livestock Show Board would like to express appreciation to businesses, individuals, show award sponsors, banner donors, youth organization’s advisors and volunteers; along with the many families and youth that work together in making it another great show and auction sale.
Businesses and individuals are reminded that they have until January 20th to make any additional add- on contributions to youth that participated in the 2019 Premium Youth Auction. These donations can be sent to ACJLS, P. O. Box 580, Archer City TX 76351 or by dropping by the Archer County Extension office during regular business hours.