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Llano County Jr. Livestock Show is Jan. 10-12

The Llano County Junior Livestock Show returns to the John L. Kuykendall Event Center and Arena on Jan. 10-12. File photo

Llano County 4-H and FFA youths enter the ring Jan. 10-12 for the Llano County Junior Livestock Show. It’s a chance to show everyone all the hard work they've put into their livestock and other projects.

The event is Thursday-Saturday at the John L. Kuykendall Event Center and Arena, 2200 RR 152 in Llano.

It begins at 2 p.m. Thursday with the rabbit show. The kids raise a pen of rabbits and usually show at least three, which must exhibit a uniform appearance. The expert judges can really pick up differences among a few rabbits.

Right after the rabbit show, the Shining Star Event takes place at 5 p.m.

This great event is for special-needs 4-H and FFA members. Opportunities like this exhibit mean a lot to these kids and their families.

The poultry show, which includes chickens and turkeys, follows Shining Star.

Thursday culminates with the sheep and goat show.

But the livestock show is far from done.

On Friday, the swine take the spotlight beginning at 8 a.m.

Hogs are one of the most popular show animals, so you can expect to see quite a few of them in a variety of classes and divisions.

Don’t feel you have to rush off at lunchtime Friday to grab a bite to eat. The ever-popular 4-H Stock Show BBQ is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. For $10 a plate, you get a heaping of food while supporting the local 4-H.

Right after the swine show, kids 6 and younger get in the ring for the Little Britches Showmanship event.The cattle show follows at 1 p.m.

The Llano County event is more than a livestock show. Youths with a culinary flair or who enjoy arts and crafts can participate as well. On Saturday, judges look at home cooking and arts and crafts entries from 1-3 p.m. before the exhibit opens to the public at 3 p.m.

The event ends Saturday with the Premium Sale starting at 6 p.m. You can help the young participants by bidding on a project — kids keep their livestock in a premium sale — and giving them a financial boost to the next show or for a future project.

For more about the livestock show, go to llano.agrilife.org or call the Llano County AgriLife Extension Service at (325) 247-4849 or (325) 247-5159.

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