Joe Newcome, the assistant superintendent of the Agriculture Committee at the Nueces County Junior Livestock Show, definitely knows the ins and outs of the yearly event.
"We've got 302 participants that have signed up this year," Newcome said.
There are a lot of entries, and Newcome said each one is unique, special, and very impressive.
"So each one of those are hoping that the judge will come around, give them a blue ribbon, and then be considered to win a class champion, and then have the ultimate chance of being up on the stage for grand champion or reserve champion," Newcome said.
But in reality, all the entries are champions because of the work that goes into every one of the projects.
There are barbecue pits, ornately wrought iron gates; there's a shooting table that someone worked very hard on, and even a fish cleaning table that would be a prize for any who owned it in South Texas.
"They're learning skills to build, they're learning skills to talk. The judges will come in tomorrow, they'll interview each one of the participants for five to ten minutes, ask them questions, interview them, and then they'll place them," Newcome said.
The projects and their creators are the key to the Junior Livestock Show, but there is also one equally important aspect.
"It is, it's a lifelong lesson that the kids will learn," Newcome said.
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