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Local student wins calf scramble at Fort Worth rodeo performance
FORT WORTH -- Mariano Palafox of Shepherd, a member of the San Jacinto County 4H club, was among the winners in the Calf Scramble during the Jan. 31 rodeo performance at the 117th edition of the legendary Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo. Mariano's parents are Cruz and Jamie Lei Palafox. Winners receive a $500 purchase certificate that will help buy a registered beef or dairy heifer for a yearlong 4-H or FFA project. Sponsor for Mariano's award is United Mechanical of Dallas. Winners must care for their animals throughout the year and return for the 2014 Stock Show to exhibit it in the Junior Heifer Show. Those who do the best job will be in line for scholarship funds when they enter college. Last year, scholarship grants were made to 85 young people totaling $143,500. The Calf Scramble, held during each of 30 rodeo performances, features 16 contestants hoping to catch, halter and lead one of eight calves. All entries receive a special T-shirt with their contestant number. Participants who fail to catch a calf receive a certificate for a pair of Justin boots. Mrs Baird's Bakeries and Justin Boots have sponsored this event for many years. The nation's oldest livestock show is currently underway now through February 9 at the historic Will Rogers Memorial Center. The Stock Show features 23 days of family fun and entertainment, and will host nearly 25,000 livestock entries throughout the run. In addition to the prestigious livestock competitions, the Stock Show offers many interactive educational exhibits, great shopping in the trade show area as well as an exciting carnival and midway and 30 thrilling performances of the World's Original Indoor Rodeo ®. For ticket information on any performance or Stock Show event, call 817.877.2420 or visit www.fwssr.com.