Glen Rose FFA alumni host annual livestock show

Melissa Holmes|@LissaCHolmes mholmes@theglenrosereporter.com Staff Writer

GLEN ROSE - The Glen Rose FFA Alumni hosted the 23rd annual Dinosaur Valley Jackpot Show at the Somervell Expo Center on Dec. 11-12.

FFA members from various chapters in Texas came to show off their steers, lambs, pigs, and goats at this years show. Showmanship took place prior to the judged competition.

Over the course of Saturday, 562 livestock animals - 351 swine, 113 goats, 80 lambs, and 18 steers - were exhibited. There were multiple breed and weight classes within each animal group. During the event there were three rings going at the same time. Many alumni members were on the floor helping throughout the exhibition.

Glen Rose FFA Chapter advisor and GRHS ag science teacher, Blake O’Quinn said that planning and organizing the two-day affair is a year-round event. As soon as this show is over he and the alumni are back to planning for next year, which includes lining up sponsors and judges for the event. 

With so many people involved not only behind the scenes, but participating as well, the day brought in additional funds for Glen Rose FFA. All the proceeds made from the show were put into the scholarships that are handed out to some high school senior FFA members at the end of the year.

According to O’Quinn approximately 40 current Glen Rose FFA members presented livestock in the show. The students were all excited to show off their livestock and participate in the competition. 

Glen Rose FFA member, Adrian Barraza’s goat won in the heavyweight class. Barraza, who has been showing goats for three years, was excited that he had won.

Makenzie Dunbar, 13, of the Crawford FFA, showed her goat in class five weight. Dunbar said that there is a lot of work involved getting her goat ready for show. Preparation ranges from making sure that her goat was on the right diet to drinking the proper amount of water. Even though it is tough work, Dunbar wouldn’t have it any other way, because for her participating in the show is really fun. Plus she likes the possibility of winning money.

Jake Bagby, of the Stephenville FFA, has been participating in FFA for five years. Bagby was presenting his goat in class eight and even though he hadn’t won yet felt that he was going to have a great showing.

This weekend’s show was also getting the students ready for the Somervell County Youth Fair.

“This is great practice for the kids for the upcoming county youth fair,” O’Quinn said.

The Somervell County Youth Fair is scheduled for Jan. 14-16, 2016 at the Somervell County Expo Center.