Nueces County Jr. Livestock Show: Raising Animals and Incredible Young Adults
● By Alexis Mays
It’s 6:30 a.m., it’s raining, but Linzee Garza is dutifully taking care of 220-pound pig named Bubba.
That’s because Linzee, her brother Jaydon, and hundreds of South Texas youths have been preparing for the Nueces County Junior Livestock Show.
This Livestock Show is a two-week event that showcases work in agriculture, homemaking, and industrial fields. It aims to teach adolescents about responsibility, leadership, agriculture, and collaboration.
Elementary, middle, and high school aged children will be converging at the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds in Robstown, TX for the shows and activities that run through January 21. Those visiting can expect to see months and even years of hard work by many Coastal Bend kids on proud display.
But before their big day, it’s all about the many days before where they tend to animals or work on projects.
That’s what 14 year-old Linzee has been doing for about six months. Rain or shine, heat or freezing cold, she has been caring for Bubba the pig and a heifer named Jumper since they were six weeks old. Her secret to success is regulating their schedule.
“You have to be very consistent with everything that they do.” She explains, “You have to do everything on time. And if you don’t, it affects them. You can’t be late for anything.”
This week, Linzee’s animals and Jayden’s wagon shop project will be on display. The many events on this year’s schedule includes lambs, goats, auctions, and more.
Parents aren’t just excited to see their children’s projects on display. Raul and his wife are proud to see how it’s impacted their children’s lives. The product of their hard work and discipline isn’t only raising animals or building incredible projects -- it gives back tenfold by helping kids grow into mature adults.
“It’s done a lot for them.” Raul says. “I would not hesitate to do this again.
In fact, many go on to become annual competitors. One such regular is Calallen sophomore Katelyn Rumfield. She’s been raising Cyrus, a 240-pound pig for eight years.
Being dedicated is Katelyn’s advice to those thinking about competing in the show; “It is a lot of responsibility and takes commitment.”
She, just like Linzee, encourages everyone to think about getting involved.
“It’s hard work, but it’s all worth it,” says Linzee. “It’s very fun being at the show, too.”
To learn more about The Nueces County Junior Livestock Show, visit: http://www.ncjls.org/