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Local Student Wins at Fort Worth Stock Show
Houston County Courier - February 2008

Lauren Neel, a FFA member from Crockett, exhibited a First Place Angus March Junior Yearling Heifer in the Junior Breeding Beef Heifer Show at the 2008 Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show on Sunday, Jan. 20. 

Junior show entries totaled 9,815 at this year’s show, which ends Sunday, Feb. 3.   

“The junior livestock show program provides youth with valuable lessons in life and business and builds a foundation that serves them long after their show years have passed,” said W.R. Watt, Jr., president and manager of the show.  “Our commitment to this program is a top priority.”

Winning exhibitors are awarded cash “premiums," this year to exceed $92,005, in addition to monies generated from the sale of animals in the show’s sale of champion steers, lambs, barrows and wether goats. 

Besides record junior entries the show set an overall entry record of over 23,000 cattle, sheep, swine, horses, mules, donkeys, llamas, goats, poultry, pigeons and rabbits.

The Stock Show showcases the nation’s dynamic livestock industry to over 950,000 visitors mostly from the Metroplex and surrounding areas. 

Approximately 20 percent attend from other parts of the nation and 70 countries. 

Now in its 112th year, the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo features entertainment events for the entire family, including livestock shows, educational experiences and 30 exciting performances of the World’s Original Indoor Rodeo.


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