Johnson County Livestock Show and Youth Fair beef exhibitor

More than 1,100 young exhibitors from throughout the county will participate in the 82nd annual Johnson County Livestock Show and Youth Fair at the Johnson County Sheriff’s Posse Grounds, which runs Monday through Thursday.

Stepping into the judging ring, more than 1,100 young exhibitors from throughout the county will participate in the 82nd annual Johnson County Junior Livestock Show and Youth Fair.

Johnson County Livestock and Agriculture Association President Chris Goodwin said there are more participants this year than past shows.

“Our number of kids is up from last year, and, as the show grows, we have to grow with it,” he said. “To accommodate all of the people coming out is a constant challenge.”

Goodwin said the JCLAA board decided to make a few changes this year, including no evening or Friday shows.

“We are trying to be able to get animals in and shown and out,” he said. “We changed our entire schedule and we are excited to see how this is going to go for us this year.”

The show officially kicked off Dec. 16 with the 2018 Johnson County Livestock & Agriculture Association and Johnson County Farm Bureau Queen & Ambassador Contest at the Cleburne Conference Center.

This year, Reagan Ellison of Community 4-H was named queen and Will Boyd of Joshua FFA was named ambassador, each receiving a $10,000 scholarship from the JCLAA.

Lindsey Jones of Friendship 4-H was selected as queen runner-up, and Conner Mikkelson of Joshua FFA was selected as ambassador runner-up. They each received a $5,000 scholarship from the Johnson County Farm Bureau.

During the week-long show, the queen and ambassador welcome guests, announce winners and present awards, as well as performing other tasks.

Ellison said serving as this year’s queen will expose her to more of the livestock life.

“I’ve always shown pigs and chickens, and this year I am showing a steer and a heifer, too,” she said. “But what I am most excited about is getting to experience all of the different shows. I will get to interact with all of the kids and find out what their passions are.”

During the show, ag mechanics and youth fair projects, swine, sheep, goats, rabbits, poultry and cattle will be judged, with ribbons awarded to exhibitors of the top animals and projects.

First up this year is the poultry and turkey show at 2 p.m. Monday.

Early drop off for the youth fair, which features 12 categories of show items including foods, crafts and photography, is from 4-6 p.m. Monday said Jill House, youth fair sponsor. The youth fair is held in the white building at the Johnson County Sheriff’s Posse Grounds, 1315 S. Main St.

Drop off continues from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday, with projects being judged from noon to 7 p.m.

Those entering the ag mechanics show can drop off their projects from 5-8 p.m. on Monday. Preliminary judging is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, followed by interviews and exhibitions at 2 p.m.

Rabbits get weighed-in at 11 a.m. on Tuesday and show at 1 p.m., while other animal weigh-ins begin at 2 p.m. starting with goats, swine, lambs, steer and beef and dairy heifers.

The dairy cattle show begins at 6 p.m.

Wednesday’s activities begin at 7:30 a.m. with the market swine show, while beef heifers show at 3 p.m.

Thursday activities also begin at 7:30 a.m. with the market goat show, market steer show at 1 p.m. and market lamb show at 5 p.m.

Top market animals will be sold at the premium sale of champions at 1 p.m. Jan. 13 at the Cleburne Conference Center, 1501 W. Henderson St.

Exhibitors retain possession of their entries after the sale so they can campaign in other shows across Texas over the next few months.

Total sales have averaged about $500,000 over the past few years.

Larry Wooley will serve once again as auctioneer of the sale.

“I invite anybody that is interested in supporting a very beneficial youth development project to come out,” he said. “It’s a long-standing tradition here in Johnson County that gets better every year. I look forward to seeing everyone coming out this year.”

Keep updated and share your favorite moments at the Johnson County Junior Livestock Show and Youth Fair by downloading the Johnson County Junior Livestock Show and Youth Fair app on the Apple App store or the Google Play store.

“We look forward to having everybody out as we always do,” Goodwin said. “The app got out to a lot of people last year.”

Times-Review reporters covering the event will keep you updated with snapshots and news from the show. You can also find all relevant information about the organization such as rules, participants, maps, schedules and more.

To view a list of this year’s exhibitors, see the special section in today’s paper.

In addition to queen and ambassador scholarships, participants can apply for several other scholarships, including the Jo C. Marti Heifer Showman scholarship, $1,000; the Brad Johnson scholarship, $2,000; the Crystal Lilly scholarship, $1,750; the Kristopher Thetford scholarship, $1,500; the Sammy Atlas and Glenn Worley Memorial Scholarship, $650; the Junge Family Southdown scholarship, $500; and the A.D. Wheat scholarship, $1,250.

On March 27, the JCCLA will host a membership banquet to present scholarships and awards for the year.

“I think we have the best thing happening for kids in Johnson County,” Goodwin said. “To see these kids come back each year as ag teachers or parents of show kids is what matters. We have made a lot of outstanding people in this county.”

For more information about the event, visit

Judging for livestock, youth fair, ag mechanics runs Monday through Thursday

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