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Junior livestock show a family tradition

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Participation in the Bandera County Junior Livestock Show has become a longstanding tradition for more than a few Bandera and Medina area families.

During the just finished 84th BCJLS, the Bandera Bulletin talked to area youth and their parents and found that three and four generations of family participation in the show is not rare.

That kind of loyalty has sustained the show and helped it become a popular draw every year, officials said.

Former Bandera County AgriLife Extension Agent Tarlton Holloway, who was a part of the show, said, “Not many counties have a junior livestock show that’s been held for that long and what I call the almost-100-yearsclub family.”

Bo and Jana Evans from Medina and their children were among those with a long history of taking part in the show.

“We both graduated from Medina and showed animals. My dad also showed animals,” Jana Evans said.

“My parents and my grandfather showed animals, so that is four generations for us,” Bo Evans said.

Among the Evans children showing livestock at the show were Kayla, 16, and Kick, 8.

The Ottmers family from Bandera was represented by 12-year-old Cailey, who showed a Champion Market Swine.

Cailey said she raised six or seven swine this year, and the family is saving the money raised at the auction that concludes the livestock show for her college.

Parents Allen and Christie Ottmers said having their daughter involved in ag and raising animals is a bonding activity.

“The responsibility she has learned and the friends she is making through that are helping her in a lot of ways,” the father said.

Quinnlyn Taylor, 15, and mom, Jennifer Evans, from Medina, were checking out the teenager’s animal, Locus, the show’s Reserve Champion Market Swine, before the auction.

“I have raised angora goats and swine and started in the third grade when I was about 9-years-old,” the teenager said.

“Quinnlyn has learned responsible and is learning how to run a business and a lot more through raising animals,” he mom said.

Livestock Show Association Board President Kevin Meier said the long running junior livestock show was started by Bandera County farmers and has help expand and preserve the agriculture sector and family farms in the county.

“The ag history of Bandera County is alive and well and growing, and the BCJLS is part of that,” he said.

This year’s livestock auction, which concluded the show on Saturday, Jan. 11, broke only one bidding record for the livestock up for auction – that being the reserve champion swine Quinnlyn Taylor showed, which raised $7,400.

But 159 youngsters presented their animals at auction and were able to gain money for their efforts at the auction plus keeping the animals they raised to show at other events.

Meier, in making introductory remarks before the auction began, said it was a “fantastic” livestock show again, featuring great judges, animals and exhibitors.

He thanked his board, show superintendents, committee members, hordes of volunteers and the youth involved in the show for making the event another success.

Funds raised by the livestock show association allowed the group to make improvements to the show barn where the event is held.

An improved sound system was installed in the barn and LED lighting was added to the area where cattle are shown, officials said.

The association also names scholarship winners each year.

Winners in 2019 were Meghan Mangold and Fransesca Byrd in the “Bub” Keese Bandera County Junior Livestock Show Association Scholarship, the same two youngsters in the Werner Lindig Memorial Scholarship and Mangold alone for the Telvy Robbins Memorial Scholarship.