Big changes bring fresh look to CCJLS
By LPR Staff
From scheduling changes to new activities for the little ones, the Caldwell County Junior Livestock Show will be offering a fresh face this year to, in hopes of offering even broader appeal to the community.
The most important change, enacted to streamline the process of showing an ever-growing gro
up of exhibitors, is a massive overhaul of the weekend’s schedule.
Instead of checking in on Friday morning and beginning the Show on Friday afternoon, exhibitors will begin checking in their projects on Thursday evening, with the Show beginning promptly at 8 a.m. on Friday.
“We did this because the Market and Short Term Rabbit classes are growing so much and take so long to judge,” said Linda Cochran, a longtime supporter and leader on the CCJLS board. “So we’ll still start the rabbit judging at the same time, but instead of having the other projects later, we’ve moved them up earlier in the day.”
Friday’s schedule is planned as follows:
Broilers – 8 a.m.
Turkeys – Immediately Following
Market Lambs – 10 a.m.
Ewes – Immediately Following
Goats – Immediately Following
Breeding Goats – Immediately Following
Market Rabbits – Not Before 2 p.m.
Breeding Rabbits – Immediately Following
Short Term Rabbits – Not Before 4:30 p.m.
Immediately after the Short-Term Rabbits are judged, a new event designed to offer entertainment to the public and interest for the children will make its debut appearance.
Little Wrangler Hay Hauling is a new team event geared toward children ages 3-5. Each team consists of two children, who will use teamwork to perform a hay-hauling course. One child will pull a wagon across the pre-set course in the Show Ring, while the other runs alongside the wagon and loads small bales of hay.
The timed event will offer trophies to the first, second and third place team winners.
Registration for the Little Wrangler Hay Hauling will be available in the Show Barn all day on Friday.
Saturday’s schedule will remain set as it has been in the past, as follows:
Market Hogs – 8 a.m.
Breeding Gilts – Immediately Following
Steers – 10 a.m.
Breeding Beef – Immediately Following
Overall Showmanship – Immediately Following
Pet Show – Not before 2 p.m.
After the Show is done and the Ring is clear, the public is invited back to the Show Barn for a Barbecue Dinner beginning at 4 p.m., and then the main event, the CCJLS Auction, beginning at 6 p.m.
Those who may not have the budget to buy a project are reminded that there are other ways to offer financial support to the hard work of CCJLS exhibitors. As ever, donors can contact Kenneth Sneed at (512) 398-3416, and Daniel Law at (512) 398-6777 to make donations toward one of the CCJLS Buyers’ Groups.
The Caldwell County Fairgrounds and Show Barn are located on Reed Drive, between the Caldwell County LW Scott Annex and the Caldwell County Jail.