Gillespie Livestock Show, Auction slated Jan. 9-11

Gillespie County 4-Hers and Fredericksburg and Harper FFA members are busy putting in extra hours to get ready for the start of a new stock show season.

Kicking off the 2014 season for most exhibitors will be the Gillespie County 4-H and FFA Livestock Show and Auction Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 9-11.

And with the local show coming up in less than two weeks, officials with the Gillespie County Youth Livestock Show Association have announced a change for the buyer appreciation barbecue to Sunday, Jan. 5.

While the county show is the only competition for some local exhibitors, a large number will be continuing on to other contests across the state.

Following the Gillespie County show is the Hill Country District Junior Livestock Show in Kerrville, Jan. 13-18.

From there, local exhibitors will head to the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show in Fort Worth, Jan. 17-Feb. 8; the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, Feb. 6-23; the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo, Feb. 14-March 2; the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, March 4-23, and the Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo in Austin, March 1-16.

Some exhibitors will be participating in the Sandhills Stock Show and Rodeo in Odessa, Jan. 1-12.

Exhibitors in the Harper area actually got their first taste of the stock show season on Dec. 14 when that community held its annual Harper 4-H and FFA Livestock Show.

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