by Mario Villarino
The hands of youth livestock exhibitors do more than raise livestock projects that are an example of the highest quality animals in our food chain. Those hands also work to learn, lead, mentor, and serve. Thousands of 4-H and FFA youth, both young and old, use their hands day in and day out to succeed with livestock projects and build a better future for themselves and those around them. Hopkins County celebrates youth involvement in livestock project during the Hopkins County Junior Market Livestock and Show February 21 to 23 at the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center in Sulphur springs.
During this event, hundreds of livestock projects get grown, fitted and exhibited by youth both in FFA or 4-H Clubs from all over Hopkins County. By raising a market animal, students learn responsibility and success. Students also learn that success only comes with personal and monetary sacrifices. Those 4-H and FFA members dedicated to their projects also grow to realize the results of their actions.
The Hopkins County Junior Market Livestock Show and Sale will start February 21, 2019 at 2:00 PM with the Lamb and Goat Weighing at the Civic Center Arena, followed by the lamb showmanship and lamb show, followed by the goat showmanship and goat show. February 22 the activities start at 7:00 AM with poultry check in, poultry show, swine show and steer and heifer show. Champions will be sold during the Sale of Champions Saturday February 23, 2019 at 1:00 PM.
What to expect: Transporting, fitting of projects and showing of youth livestock projects from students in 4-H and FFA from Hopkins County (Goats, lambs, swine, steers and heifers). Livestock species displays. Concession stand. The program is organized and conducted by the Northeast Texas Livestock Association (NETLA). More information can be found at https://sites.google.com/site/netlamarketshow/