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Llano County Junior Livestock Show and Art, Craft, and Food Show is Jan. 11-13

The Llano County Junior Livestock Show & Art, Craft, and Food Show is Jan. 11-13 at the John L. Kuykendall Event Center and Arena in Llano.

LLANO — It’s time to get the lambs clipped and the steers washed because the Llano County Junior Livestock Show & Art, Craft, and Food Show is this week.

The annual event is Thursday-Saturday, Jan. 11-13, at the John L. Kuykendall Event Center and Arena, 2200 RR 152.

Junior livestock shows are where the Llano County youth who participate in 4-H, FCCLA, and FFA can show all the work they’ve put into their projects. And if you don’t think it takes time, effort, and hard work to raise a lamb, goat, hog, or other show animal, you should come out and see the show. Plus, take a few minutes to visit with a couple of youths and learn what they’ve been doing to get their animal ready for the show.

For many of the Llano County youth participating, this show is the first of many for the year. The county show, at least for Llano, is usually the first one of the year.

Late winter and spring is livestock show season. The contest circuit can include a number of major shows, including the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo (Jan. 12-Feb. 3), the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo (Feb. 2-Feb. 18), the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo (Feb. 8-Feb. 25), the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (Feb. 27-March 18), and the Austin Livestock Show and Rodeo (March 10-March 24).

For others, the Llano County Junior Livestock Show is the first and only one of the year in which they’ll participate.

The show isn’t just livestock. Youths in 4-H, FFA, and FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) can demonstrate their cooking and baking skills as well as their arts and crafts.

If you want to help the kids with their projects, consider participating in the premium sale at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at the event center. This is when people, businesses, and organizations bid on livestock projects. Since it’s a premium sale, the kids keep their livestock project as well as the bid. The funds help offset costs of raising the animal, cover fees for future shows, or go toward college tuition.

The entire show starts at 5 p.m. Thursday with the cockerels/pullets followed by turkeys and rabbits. Things resume Friday at 8 a.m. with the hogs competition followed by lambs. The meat goat show follows the lambs with the cattle wrapping things up.

Call the Llano County AgriLife Extension Service at (325) 247-5159 for more information.

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