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It’s almost showtime in La Vernia!

It’s almost showtime  in La Vernia!
La Vernia FFA member Kimberlyn “KJ” Crisp walks her Hampshire pig, “Little Bit,” in preparation for the La Vernia Junior Livestock Show. Watch for KJ to compete against other swine exhibitors Friday, Feb. 28, at 6 p.m.

On the heels of the conclusion of the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, volunteers continue to prepare the La Vernia Chamber of Commerce grounds for the 57th La Vernia Junior Livestock and Poultry Show. The show, sponsored by the La Vernia Chamber of Commerce, will begin Thursday, Feb. 27, and conclude Saturday, March 1, on the chamber grounds, located at 12301 U.S. 87 in La Vernia.

Youth are the future of our world, and it’s the chamber’s endeavor to assist them in being able to complete their 4-H and FFA projects by securing funds through the auction sale that will help them achieve their dream of college or technical school, advancing the education of our next generation of workers.

Baked foods, art

The baked foods show and arts and crafts judging will take place Friday, Feb. 28, with an auction Friday at 4 p.m. in the show arena. Judging of the arts and crafts will take place at 10:30 a.m. The baked foods show judging begins at 11 a.m.

Food booths, refreshments, exhibits, and arts and crafts booths will be available throughout the show.

A silent auction also will be held, with proceeds to benefit senior scholarships.

Charity is serving as hall manager for booth rental. For more information, call her at 830-534-9241.

Livestock, poultry

Once again, the livestock show will begin with the rabbit judging Thursday at 5 p.m.

The show continues Friday, with the poultry judging at 8 a.m. Turkeys will be first, followed by broilers.

Lamb and goat judging is set for 10 a.m.

Steers will take center stage at 2 p.m., with the swine judging concluding Friday’s activities at 6 p.m.

The livestock and poultry exhibitors will have their auction on Saturday at noon in the sale arena.

Buyers’ pool

The hospitality building will be open for auction buyers with sandwiches, snacks, and refreshments starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday. A meet-and-greet with signup of buyers will be held starting at this time with auction sheets and add-on forms available. The buyers’ pool also will be accepting donations for the 2014 show.

Anyone wishing to make a donation to the buyers’ pool may visit the booth set up at the show or send their contribution to La Vernia Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 152, La Vernia, TX 78121, and specify Buyers’ Pool. The Buyers’ Pool Committee tries to ensure that bids are kept up and going. Some lower prices are adjusted following the auction to assist toward a fair amount for all La Vernia show exhibitors. All donations are appreciated, with 100 percent of the donation applied to the auction winners. Your support and commitment to the youth of today secures better leadership for tomorrow’s future.

To conclude the festivities, dance to the music of Clint Taft & “Buck Wild Band” from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. The dance is open to the public.

For more information, contact Mark Koepp at 210-288-9889, or Sarah Young at 830-947-3322 or 210-259-9886.

Volunteers needed

Volunteers are welcome to assist during a clean-up day, scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 23, at the La Vernia Chamber of Commerce Hall. 4-H, FFA members, and adults will join together from 1-3 p.m. to get the grounds ready for the upcoming 57th La Vernia Junior Livestock & Poultry Show, set for Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 27-28 and March 1.

Take your rakes, shovels, weed trimmers, blowers, etc. to team together to get the grounds ready as exhibitors are welcomed to the 2014 show.

Chamber members also welcome supporters of our local exhibitors, auction buyers, and other exhibitor supporters to La Vernia to assist in making this another great show and sale.

For more information, call Sarah Young at 210-259-9886 or 830-947-3322.

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