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Trinity-Neches show kicks off Monday
LIVINGSTON -- It is rodeo time in Livingston with a full week of events and shows kicking off early Monday and continuing until noon on Saturday. The popular event is expected to host 250 exhibitors showing animals, many cooking teams, arts and crafts, contests, and an abundance of student projects. Activities for the 69th Annual Trinity Neches FFA and 4-H Livestock Show and Rodeo will begin Monday morning with move in and setup. The smell of barbecue will be in the air when teams set up as early as 6 a.m. At 3 p.m., all steers, heifers, swine, goats and lambs are to be on the grounds. From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., these animals will be checked and weighed in. The open youth and adult washer-pitching contest will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the large arena. The cost to enter the tournament is $20 per two-person team. The adult division is age is 19 and up and the youth division is ages 18 and under. The age of the oldest person on the team determines the division. First place is awarded 60 percent payback and a banner in each division, while second place is awarded a banner in each division. At 7 p.m., the barbecue that began cooking 13 hours before will be judged. "We added a barbecue cook off last year between our schools and our 4-H program on Monday," Agricultural Director Jessica Lattner said. "It is between the FFA chapters of the schools in the county and the county 4-H. It is kind of like the Houston Rodeo. Where we brought in the adults last year was the open youth and adult washerpitching tournament. It brings in some of the community and lets them get involved. The animals will be there on the grounds, so they can get a preview of that as well." On Tuesday at 8 a.m., check in for breeding and meat pen rabbits will begin. At 9:30 a.m., breeding rabbits will follow rabbit judging in the meat pen category. From 11 a.m. to noon, check in will occur for breeding goats. Goat judging will begin with meat goats, followed by breeding goats at 1 p.m. At 3 p.m., check in for arts, crafts, photography and horticulture projects will last until 5 p.m. From 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. check in for breeding swine will occur. Swine judging will be at 5:30 p.m. beginning with market swine and to be followed by breeding swine. On Wednesday, check in for agricultural mechanic projects start at 7 a.m. and continue until 9 a.m. From 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., check in for food show and cupcake battle projects will take place. At 10 a.m., the arts, crafts, photography, horticulture, food and cupcake battle judging will begin. This will mark the first year of Emily Rice as chairman of the arts, crafts, baking, horticulture, photography and the Second Annual Cupcake Battle. There are not many major changes to this part of the show except for the photography division. The rules are a bit more structured and now include a division for adults and professionals (professionals do not have the option of going to sale). The incorporation of classes is new this year and includes: portrait, landscape, action, animals, still life, black and white and the 2014 theme: "Holiday in Texas." Each individual will have the option of entering multiple classes, but at only one entry per class. Rice is hoping to get more art entries and is working with local art teachers to get students to submit art for the show. "This show is a great way to expose local talent and gain constructive criticism for those students who wish to pursue the arts," Rice said. "Those wishing to compete in the baking division must submit entries that are 100 percent made from scratch, no mixes. The grand champion in each division will have the option to sell their project at the Friday night TNLS sale. Any student enrolled in a Polk County school district is eligible to enter exhibits; you do not have to be in 4-H or FFA to compete. Adults have a $5 entry fee. We look forward to having all the entries at this year's show." At 1 p.m., agricultural mechanics judging opens. By 3 p.m., check in for broilers and production poultry will begin. Thirty minutes later, production poultry judging will take place, followed by broilers. From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., check in for breeding beef heifers will start. At 6 p.m. the peewee show in the swine barn will begin. Breeding beef cattle judging will take center stage at 6:30 p.m. On Thursday, no trailers are to be parked on the fairgrounds. Market lamb judging will begin at 9 a.m. Commercial heifer for judging will start two hours after at 11 a.m. At 1 p.m. until 7 p.m., the exhibits are open with the viewing of arts, crafts, photography, horticulture and food projects. By 2 p.m., market steer judging will begin and exhibitors must tell TNLS which animals to place in the sale within 30 minutes of the conclusion of the steer judging. The sweetheart contest will commence at 6:30 p.m., while the rodeo and scramble will take place at 7 p.m. Tickets for the rodeo and scramble will be $5 at the gates. Also at 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. will be the release of the arts, crafts, photography, horticulture and food projects. Friday at 8 a.m. will be the setup of the sale arena. At 5:30 p.m. will be the mandatory sale participant's meeting in the swine barn. The preparation for sale and Go-Texan buyers' dinner will occur in the large arena. At 7 p.m. the TNLS sale will begin. On Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon, the release of animals and agricultural mechanics projects, as well as the take down off the sale arena and clean up of the fairgrounds will start. Animal projects have the option to stay on the grounds for the duration of the week, but must be off the grounds by noon on Saturday. Vendor booths are still available for the entire week at $100. At 10 p.m. each night, everyone must be off the fairgrounds. Gates will not open prior to 6 a.m. each morning. There will be a security guard on the grounds from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. each day to make sure all is well. The show is made up of entries from members of FFA chapters from Big Sandy, Corrigan, Goodrich, Leggett, Livingston, and Onalaska, as well as the Polk County 4-H Clubs who are at least eight years of age and in the third grade through seniors in high school.