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Volunteers + community support = successful stock show

Volunteers + community support = successful stock show
KJ Crisp shares water with her Duroc, Duddlebugg, as her Hampshire, Beebe, and Yorkshire, Retro, wait their turns. Watch for KJ and other 4-H and FFA members as they exhibit their entries in the La Vernia Junior Livestock Show next week.

To make any community event or function successful, volunteers and donations are always needed and welcome. It’s what pulls community members and neighbors together, making sure an event such as the upcoming 55th La Vernia Junior Livestock & Poultry Show set for Thursday through Saturday, March 1-3 is successful.

Volunteers are welcome to assist during a cleanup day, scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 26, from noon until 3 p.m. at the La Vernia Chamber of Commerce Hall in La Vernia, to get the grounds ready for the upcoming show. 4-H and FFA members and adults are asked to take rakes and shovels to team together to get the grounds ready.

Families can help by bringing an item for the chamber scholarship silent auction or assist in the hospitality room. Assistants are needed in the kitchen to prepare and deliver appetizers to the area. Servers are welcome to assist in providing hospitality to auction buyers.

There are always the cleanup jobs after the event to get things picked up and put away.

The La Vernia Buyers’ Pool will also be open throughout the show to take donations or pledges $10, $20, $50, or $100 it all adds up when pooled together to buy a stock show project. Volunteers are welcome to serve here also. For more information, just drop by the buyers’ pool booth.

Add-on sheets will be available in the hospitality building prior to the auction. These donations assist in boosting the exhibitors’ final sale amounts.

These young 4-H and FFA exhibitors rely heavily upon the generosity of our local citizens and community businesses to provide the opportunity to compete within the auction arena. It has helped so many young people reach their goal of college and a more secure future for all.

In its 55th year, the stock show is put on to assist La Vernia area youth toward a brighter future, as well as to keep youth working with projects that teach responsibility, time scheduling, and caring for an animal or poultry project. It is a tradition that brings families together and busy, working to bring the overall project to show-ring perfection and hopefully making it to the auction sale.

All it takes is community volunteers working together to see that it all gets done. For some, it involves a few vacation days with a true commitment for the strong tradition, or an hour or two, all working to make sure it’s something that future generations will want to pass along for years to come.

The invitation is open to help in any way and become a volunteer. It can be fun, as well as a catchy thing, if everyone does a little to help make the show a success for the kids.

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

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