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January 29th, 2009
County livestock expo this weekend


A staple of a time going away is returning this week to the Hays County Civic Center.

The annual Hays County Livestock Exposition was once one of the highlights of the local calendar in a time when the county was overwhelmingly rural. As Hays County’s population has more than doubled to approach 150,000 in the last 15 years, the livestock show no longer is such a central event.

Indeed, developments in Hays County are wiping out the life that made the livestock show such a local draw.

“Hays County is quickly losing its farms and ranches to business and residential development, and we feel the livestock show and sale is becoming even more important so that a large number of youth have the opportunity to experience raising animals,” said Bobby Wyatt, president of the Hays County Livestock Exposition.

The contests began Thursday with the judging of home skills, rabbits, agricultural mechanics, breeding sheep and market lambs.

The judging of breeding swine begins Friday morning, followed by judging of market swine, poultry, breeding beef and market steers.

The event caps off Saturday with the announcement of the home skills winners, the queen and the winners of the Anton Scholarship and Sonny Hawkins Scholarship.

The scholarships will go to active 4-H Club members, or members of local Future Farmers of America chapters.

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