• Graham Borden, left, a student teacher at Fredericksburg High School, helps FHS senior Kate West shear her lamb on Monday, Jan. 8 at the Fredericksburg Independent School District Agricultural Science Center. West was prepping her lamb for the upcoming 2018 Gillespie County 4-H and FFA Livestock Show and Auction, set for Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 11-13, at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds. — Standard-Radio Post/Joshua McKinney

4-H, FFA exhibitors to step in show ring at the fair grounds

Livestock show, auction to draw nearly 400 exhibitors for Thursday-through-Saturday event

Exhibitors, their animals and projects will be in the spotlight at the 2018 Gillespie County 4-H and FFA Livestock Show and Auction Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 11-13.

Set for the Gillespie County Fair Grounds, the show will see 397 exhibitors from Gillespie County 4-H clubs, the Fredericksburg FFA, Fredericksburg Junior FFA and the Harper FFA participating in the event.

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.

A group of exhibitors is participating in the Sandhills Stock Show and Rodeo in Odessa, Jan. 3-13.

Coming just after the county show will be the Hill Country District Junior Livestock Show in Kerrville, Jan. 14-20.

Stock shows around the state will keep local exhibitors busy, including the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, Jan. 12-Feb. 3; San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo, Feb. 2-18; San Antonio Livestock Exposition, Feb. 8-25; Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Feb. 27-March 18, and Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo in Austin, March 10-24.

(Information on the Kerrville and Fort Worth shows can be found in a separate article.)

Exhibitors in the Harper area actually got their first taste of the stock show season on Dec. 16 when that community held its annual Harper Livestock Show.

The 2018 Gillespie County 4-H and FFA Livestock Show and Auction is dedicated to Ralph and Karen Rode and the late Daniel Woerner.

They were honored on Sunday night at the appreciation barbecue for buyers that was held at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

Plaques of appreciation were presented to the Rodes and to Woerner’s family.

More information on the stock show honorees as well as a listing of the trophy and award donors, committee members, schedule, photos of buyers of grand, reserve grand and champion animals from the 2017 show is included in a special 20-page section in today’s newspaper.

Overseeing the show is the Gillespie County Youth Livestock Show Association.


Judging schedule



6 a.m. — Animals may start arriving at fair grounds.

Noon — Judging of the Ag Mechanics Show.

4 p.m. — All entries must be in their stalls or pens.

4 p.m. — Weighing of broilers and turkeys with superintendent.

Poultry may not be caged until they have gone through sift.

4 p.m. — Pick up junior and senior showmanship numbers at show arena.

4 p.m. — Sign up for the sale on Saturday.

5 p.m.  — Check in breeding sheep and Angora goats with superintendents.

Showing of breeding sheep and Angora goats, provided lambs and meat goats are finished with weighing.

5 p.m. — Check in heifers with superintendents.

5 p.m. — Weighing and classifying of swine, steers and lambs.

5 p.m. — Weighing of meat goats.

6 p.m. — Ag Mechanics cutting torch competition.



8 a.m. — Judging of cattle.  Judging of swine to follow. (No earlier than noon).

9 a.m. — Judging of lambs. Meat goats to follow. (No earlier than 1 p.m.)

1 p.m. — Judging of turkeys.  Broilers to follow.

6 p.m. — Judging of grand and reserve champions in following order: Poultry, swine, lambs, meat goats and steers.

(Championship Drive will start at 6 p.m., provided that all judging is complete.) 


Judges for the show include the following:

Beef Cattle — Joel Judge of Leonard.

Market Lambs — Corey Taylor of Katy.

Swine — Charles Hodde of Burton.

Poultry — Malerie Lee, Texas A&M University, Poultry Specialist.

Meat Goats — Brian Farris of Blanco.

Angora Goats — Roy Sanders of Harper.

Breeding Sheep — Gary Jennings of Fredonia.

Ag Mechanics Show — Dr. Steven Chumbley, Texas A&M University – Kingsville, and Ron Krobot of Comfort.

Show Announcer and Sound — Kyle Treibs.



A pre-sale lunch for buyers will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

The annual auction gets underway at noon in the Exhibition Hall at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

Serving as auctioneer will be Charlie Jones of Blanco.

The grand champion steer will be sold to start the sale followed by the grand and reserve grand champions, breeding champions, reserve breed champions and then by equal rounds.


Steak dinner

A steak dinner hosted by local banks will follow the auction on Saturday night in the Exhibition Hall.

The dinner is available to all buyers who contribute to the sale.




Total entries — 845


Gillespie County 4-H — 557

Swine — 127

Meat Goats — 82

Lambs — 100

Breeding Sheep — 8

Broilers —108

Turkeys — 51

Steers — 47

Heifers — 11

Angora Goats — 23


Fredericksburg FFA and Junior FFA — 231

Swine — 99

Meat Goats — 36

Lambs — 59

Breeding Sheep — 8

Broilers — 6

Turkeys — 4

Steers — 8

Heifers — 2

Angora Goats — 9


Harper FFA — 93

Swine — 6

Meat Goats — 16

Lambs — 9

Broilers — 22

Steers — 4

Ag Mechanics — 36


Total exhibitors — 397

Gillespie County 4-H — 259

Fredericksburg FFA and Junior FFA — 110

Harper FFA — 28



Fredericksburg Standard

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