(Seguin) -- This year's Guadalupe County Youth Livestock and Homemakers Show is well on its way at the Guadalupe County Fairgrounds. Youth from throughout the county are braving the chilly temperatures to present this year's projects.
Students participating represent the various schools in the county and are currently prepping their animals and other creative projects for this week's show and auction. Events which began on Wednesday run through Saturday at the Guadalupe County Fairgrounds.
GCYS Secretary Sylvia Kelso, says the show again welcomes a strong level of participation.
"We have got about 1,600 entries which includes about 1,100 plus exhibitors, because each exhibitor can enter more than one project. So those numbers are pretty close to what we've been in the past, maybe down 50. So 50 total is not bad at all. So we're happy with that, excited about that. The exhibitors come from Guadalupe County with the 4-H clubs and the FFA chapters from the four chapters, Marion, Navarro, Seguin and Cibolo Creek," said Kelso.
Kelso says although the sun is expected, this week's Winter Weather has left behind plenty of chilly temperatures. She says in order to protect both students and animals, a few changes have been made for today's schedule.
"Thursday, we've changed our schedule up just a little bit because our steer show is normally held in our rodeo arena. Due to the cold weather, the winds that we're experiencing, the rodeo arena is very cold so we've moved the steer show into the dance slab arena. We moved it up to 8 a.m., because we're trying to do a steer show that morning. A goat show following the cattle show and the lamb show following the goat show. So Thursday, will be a very busy day inside the Women's Building. Keep in mind this building is totally enclosed and we just want to keep everybody comfortable, including the animals," said Kelso.
The judging of animals continues both tonight and Friday. Kelso says the next two days will be pretty busy.
"Thursday evening is the gilt show which is over in the hog barn, which also (has) a north wall, which we're all happy about. Friday, we show swine. We show the homemaking division and we show the rabbit division. So Friday is also a very, very busy day, all day long. The swine shows in the dance slab, the rabbit shows is on the livestock building right next to the dance slab and of course, the homemade projects are in the coliseum," said Kelso.
Kelso says while the group, over the years, has been privileged to have many bidders, it is always looking for new people who want to come out and support area youth.
"Saturday, we move into our sale. The sale starts at 12 noon at the dance slab. We've got a little bit of a change this year. We've done away with our Friday night sale. We're trying to make things move faster and yet keep monies available for the kids for their projects. The champions of the homemaking and the reserve champion homemaking items will sell in the sale on Saturday. The projects that are the top end of the homemaking department will receive a guaranteed premium amount which is from monies raised from our sales committee -- from buyers that would normally come out on Friday night and support these kids. They will have a set amount and it will be pretty much what they would get if they were going through the sale, if not more. The homemaking (show) usually finishes up about 4-5 p.m., somewhere in that area in the Coliseum and when I say homemaking, I'm talking about baked goods, handy crafts, needle work and ag mechanics. Those projects can be viewed on Friday evening in the Coliseum. Of course, the other projects, the livestock projects, they can come out any time and for any of the other shows, we invite the community to come out (and) watch the kids. That's what they worked for all year," said Kelso.
Kelso says the youth show is more than just the end product. She says it is about family and passing on the lesson of responsibility.
"We feel like this is such a family oriented organization. We like to think that all our kids and our families are all involved and all have a little responsibility, a lot of learning experiences involved with their projects," said Kelso.
A complete schedule of events and additional buyer information can be found at www.gcys.org