More than 250 youth from Abilene High, Cooper High, Jim Ned, Merkel, Taylor County 4-H, and Wylie will exhibit their livestock projects over the three-day show, January 12-15. Students, ranging from third grade to high school seniors, are all members of the FFA or 4-H and have put countless hours into raising, training, and caring for their projects. The youth livestock exhibitors invest their time into preparing their cattle, sheep, goat, poultry, rabbit, and swine entries in hopes of placing in the top of their class to qualify for the Premium Auction. The Premium Auction, scheduled to take place Saturday, January 15, is the culmination of the show each year showcasing the students’ hard work and allows local businesses and individuals to contribute to these young agriculturalists.
The Taylor County Livestock Association is the energy behind this great event for the local youth. They graciously dedicate hours throughout the year to the coordination and execution of this livestock show and premium sale because they believe in the priceless life skills, such as accountability, financial responsibility and confidence, that students develop through these programs. The ribbons, banners, and buckles the TCLA proudly presents to the students is the cherry on top of it all and helps them commemorate their great accomplishments.
The Taylor County Livestock Association operates as a committee of the Expo Center of Taylor County, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, but operates solely on funds generously donated by the community. Area businesses and supporters have shown their true colors and have stood by the youth of Taylor County and helped the TCLA continue their mission of “helping the young to help themselves”.