NETLA is an easy way to refer to the countless year-long activities for youth in agriculture supported by the Northeast Texas Livestock Association. In Hopkins County, when we say NETLA, we mean the Hopkins County Junior Livestock Show as well as the resulting Sale of Champions held annually in February. This year, the major public event will be live in person with the public invited to the Hopkins County Civic Center arena, and will also feature a Facebook Live coverage of the final event, the Sale of Champions on Saturday February 27 at noon. Spectators to the shows, judging and sale are admitted free.
Kevin Gibson is President of NETLA. Having grown up in Hopkins County and shown livestock as a youth, he is now raising his own youngsters to take pride in exhibiting livestock projects, and the organization is very close to his heart. He encourages everyone to come and observe the 250-300 FFA and 4H youngsters who will be competing with their livestock, and the numerous FFA students who will be competing with their Ag Mechanics projects. Meet these youth, congratulate them on their hard work, take a look at their animals and projects, and show appreciation with a handshake or pat on the back. Your support means a lot to the future farmers and agriculture producers! Each exhibitor also has Raffle Tickets to sell. Your ticket purchase helps fund the NETLA scholarship fund, and offers a half-side of processed beef to the winning ticketholder!