The following article ran February 24, 1938 in the Blanco County News and Johnson City Record Courier:
Notwithstanding the season’s worst weather, the First Blanco County Boys’ Livestock Show was very successful and well attended. It was estimated that more than 500 people saw the exhibits.
The show was staged jointly by the 4-H boys under the direction of County Agent Ross B. Jenkins and FFA boys under the supervision of W. A. Rhumann of Johnson City High School and Cecil Clendenin of Blanco High School.
The Johnson City Chamber of Commerce gave the sponsors a check for $50 to be used as prizes and this was supplemented by private donations from Blanco and other men in different parts of the county. A total of $88 was given the sponsors.
The 4-H boys made 7 entries and won $21 in prizes. They won the first 6 places in fat lambs, 2nd and 3rd place in fat calves, 2nd and 3rd in bucks, 1st and 2nd in mutton goats, and showed the only dairy heifer.
The Johnson City FFA boys won the major part of the money and made the most entries. They won a total of $34 in prizes. They also had the grand champion fat calf fed by Jack Ebeling. He was bought by Austin Casparis of Johnson City for $70. He weighed 739 pounds and dressed 440 pounds.
The Blanco chapter of FFA won a total of $23.50 in prizes.
Some of highlights of the show would include along with Ebeling’s champion calf the outstanding fat lambs fed by 4-H boys Marvis and Hilmar Hartmann. The four first winners were theirs and averaged 140 pounds. They also showed the talk of the show in a mutton goat that weighed 205 pounds. Ben Brown showed fine buck in the FFA class from Blanco. Chaley Fulcher Price of Blanco showed the pretty Jersey 2 year old cow and two outstanding bucks which took 2nd ad 3rd places. Victor Striegler showed an outstanding class of poland china fat hogs as a litter and won top money. J. W. Luxton of Blanco won the Leghorn top money and Lisle Page of Johnson City the medium breed with a pen of Barred Rocks. Joe Sid Fuchs won the yearling bill and Jay Wolf won with his nanny.
The 2nd Annual Show was held in Blanco and alternated between towns for forty years. Blanco shows were held in different locations including on the square, the Blanco State Park and Blanco Livestock Commission Company.
Participation in the show grew rapidly, from 3 calves to 25 in just 3 years. In 1947 it became the “Blanco County 4-H & FFA Livestock Show.” The Show Committee in 1951 consisted of Otto Sultemeier, Johnson City, Felix Sultemeier, Johnson City, Edgar Heimer, Blanco, Orwin Ahrens, Sandy, H. H. Jenschke, Johnson City, Edwin Sultemeier, Sandy, Lonnie Beck, Blanco, E. J. Hyatt, Johnson City, and O. L. Patterson, Johnson City.
The 1953 press release states that “there are several girls listed as exhibitors.” The following year there were 244 entries making it one of the larger County shows of the state. In 1968 the show became a 2 day event and in 1969 the show began to alternate between Blanco and the Southwestern Commission Company Sales Area at Round Mountain. There were 325 entries in 1976 making it the largest show and sale on record. This year also marked the lengthening to 3 days, with check in on Thursday, show on Friday and Saturday, followed by the sale Saturday afternoon.
In 1977 there were 420 entries and the Sales Committee consisted of D. J. Whittington, Jay Lee Hobbs, Dwayne Hoppe, Ralph Ebeling, Jr., Charles Matus, Noble Haden and Harold Lord. The new Blanco County Show Barn in Johnson City became the home of the Annual 4-H & FFA Livestock Show in 1978 with $43,341.85 going to 198 units.
Please join the Blanco County Youth Council January 15th thru the 17th at the 2009 Show as they continue this 71 year tradition of promoting agriculture and other activities of our 4-H and FFA youth!