With the holiday break soon coming to an end, more than 700 of Johnson County’s children are hard at work as they put last minute touches on their show animals and projects in preparation for the 84th annual Johnson County Junior Livestock Show and Youth Fair.
Johnson County Livestock and Agriculture Association President Mark McClure said there are 789 exhibitors in this year’s show, for a total of 1,922 entries.
“The exciting part to me is to see everyone in the community and the county come together to do good things for the kids in our county who are interested in agriculture,” he said. “I’ve been involved since I was a kid, but I never realized how many people volunteer their time and talents to pull this thing off and its a pretty big undertaking. It doesn’t matter what club you are from, everyone is coming together for one goal and that is to help the kids.”
Something new to the show this year is the ability to financially support each student, regardless of whether they make the sale or not.
“We just added a new online feature on our website — jclaa.net — where you can add-on money to any exhibitor that is registered in the show,” McClure said. “They might have some family members who can’t make it to the show so this is a way they can support them. The add-on is real user friendly. You can pay with a credit card or you can pree ‘bill me’ to send a check. It’s a neat feature and a way to reward a student for their hard work.”
McClure will be serving as president for the first time this year. He replaces Chris Goodwin who stepped down after nine years.
“Chris is still very much involved, just in a new role,” McClure said. “But I do want to thank him for his time, effort and dedication over the past nine years.”
The show officially kicked off Dec. 28 with the 2020 Johnson County Livestock & Agriculture Association and Johnson County Farm Bureau Queen & Ambassador Contest at the Cleburne Conference Center.
This year, Rachel White of Friendship 4-H and Burleson Centennial FFA was named queen and Hayden Come of Grandview FFA and 4-H was named ambassador, each receiving a $12,000 scholarship from the JCLAA.
Molly Hicks of Joshua FFA was selected as queen runner-up, and Justin Crumpton of Alvarado FFA was selected as ambassador runner-up. They each received a $5,000 scholarship from the Johnson County Farm Bureau.
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. 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. 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.
Youth fair results will be posted for viewing between 9 a.m. and 12:30 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.
A horse show begins at 8 a.m. Friday.
Top market animals will be sold at the premium sale of champions at 1 p.m. Jan. 11 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.
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.
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 31, the JCCLA will host a membership banquet at 7 p.m. to present scholarships and awards for the year.
For information about this year’s show, visit jclaa.net.