Tarrant County Junior Livestock Show starts Thursday

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FORT WORTH -- Darla Reynolds, a volunteer with the Tarrant County Junior Livestock Show, remembers when, just 15 years ago, the first scholarship given was for $400.

The 63rd annual show kicks off today in the Swine Barn at the Will Rogers Memorial Center, with Youth Fair judging and the poultry show at 6 p.m. When it ends Saturday afternoon with the Parade of Champions, young exhibitors will have received $19,000 in scholarships. Sales are expected to net more than $235,000.

"Our numbers are growing from year to year," Reynolds said. "In the last few years, it's been tremendous."

This year, 512 exhibitors will show more than 1,200 youth fair and livestock entries.

"We have very strong ag chapters and 4-H clubs," Reynolds said. "More and more in urban society, you're seeing growth in FFA and in 4-H."

The Youth Fair, which includes entries in baked goods, leather craft, horticulture and photography, has increased numbers by offering more divisions. Now, children as young as 4 can participate.

"A lot of kids who can't raise a calf can grow a plant or bake a cake," Reynolds said.

The livestock show begins at 8 a.m. Friday, followed by the Taste of Texas youth entries event at 1 p.m. The horse show starts at 8 a.m. Saturday, and the premium sale is at 1 p.m. in the Livestock Arena. All events are free and open to the public.

Shirley Jinkins, 817-390-7657

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