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County livestock show to feature new events

The 78th Annual Parmer County Livestock Show will kick off at the Friona Community Center on Tuesday, January 20 at 11 a.m. with the Beef Heifer Show, which will be followed by the Steer Show. This year there are 7 beef heifers and 33 steers entered.

Livestock show General Superintendent Mack Heald stated that normally the Beef Heifer and Steer Shows are held in the evening but because of basketball games scheduled that evening the show will take place during the day to accommodate students in both activities.

On Wednesday, January 21 all lambs, goats and barrows will be weighed in from 1-5 p.m. Barrows and lambs will be classified at this time. This year there are 75 lambs, 40 goats, 237 barrows and 13 gilts entered.

A new event at the show this year is the Rabbit Show. Rabbits will be weighed in from 5-6 p.m. with the show starting at 6 p.m. At press time there were 42 rabbits entered.

The Goat Show will start at 8 a.m. on Thursday, January 22 followed by the Lamb Show.

The Gilt Show will start at approximately 11 a.m. followed by the Barrow Show.

Another new event this year is the Ag Mechanic Show, which will be held on Friday, January 23. The show will feature wood and metalwork by county 4-H and FFA members.

On Saturday, January 24, the annual Buyers Luncheon will be held at 12 p.m. followed by the Premium Sale at 1 p.m.

Donna Schueler will once again be on hand for official photos of the winners.

This year’s officers of the Livestock board are President-JeDon Gallman, Vice President-Wade Schueler, Secretary-Justin Jeter, and Treasurers-John Jarecki and Dr. Dale Schueler.

Superintendents for the show are Andy Carthel, Assistant General Superintendent; Lesley Curtis, Swine Superintendent; Shane Mason, Lamb and Goat Superintendent; Terry Jesko, Beef/Cattle Superintendent; and Benji Henderson, Rabbit Superintendent.

Heald commended John & M’Lynda Jarecki and Justin & M’Kell Jeter for their proficiency with the computer systems that keep the livestock show on the right track.

The Parmer County 4-H Council will be dishing up delicious goodies at the concession stand during the event.