(Seguin) -- This week marks a milestone year for The Guadalupe County Youth Livestock and Homemakers Show. The event celebrates its 75th year of supporting area youth. Students, representing the various high schools in the county, are currently prepping their animals and other creative projects for this year's show and auction. Events run through Saturday at the Guadalupe County Fairgrounds.
Sylvia Kelso, a member of the youth show's board of directors, says the event has come a long way over the years.
"We have about 1,679 entries. That boils down to 825 individual contestants. The show started 75 years ago right down here at the fair grounds. It was at that time called the Boys Fat Stock Show and then it probably involved about 20 participants. It was very small at that time. So we have certainly reached a milestone with the show. We expect over $1 million in sales. We've just been growing every year. The people in Guadalupe County have just been phenomenal in supporting the youth and we just see it growing every year," said Kelso.
The homemaker's auction will begin at 7 p.m. Friday. Registration of buyers begins at 6 p.m. All homemaking items will be on display beginning at 4 p.m. in the Seguin Coliseum or as soon as judging is completed.
The livestock auction follows on Saturday beginning at noon in the fairgrounds dance slab. Buyer registration gets underway at 10:30 a.m.
Kelso says all bids are welcome. She says any and all sales help to solidify a student's efforts and helps to secure their path toward a college education.
"It teaches them so much responsibility and they know that the cost involved is very high these days and they try to recoup a little bit of that cost that they put into it from the sale. This helps pay for the feed bills and so forth. Anything additional, the children can put away. That's what we try to stress -- to put away for scholarship funds to help them get that college education that we're so desperately looking for for all these children," said Kelso.
A complete schedule of events and additional buyer information can be found at www.gcys.org