It took countless volunteers to make the Youth Show a fun and meaningful experience for the young people in Blanco County. Students, parents and other volunteers showed up for two workdays prior to the show to begin barn preparations.
Awards were ordered including rolling pullman bags, blankets, coolers, jacket certificates, and buckles for the grand champion exhibitors, and buyer appreciation gifts for the buyers. Generous local businesses and individuals sponsored the 77 awards. Buyer’s mugs were donated by Blanco County Wild Game Dinner – 1st Saturday in October. Johnson City Bank donated the champion buyer’s caps. Ribbons and prize money were sorted for the placing turkeys, broilers, rabbits, goats, sheep, swine, cattle and shop projects.
During the show, Thursday and Friday, Jim Meadows did an excellent job announcing, Katie Baker volunteered to assist the office, the superintendents and manage the awards, ribbons and prize money, while students volunteered in the show ring to distribute the awards to the deserving exhibitors. Kids under the age of 9 had fun participating in the Little Britches Goat Show on Friday, judged by the Sr. Goat showmanship winners Kendra Smith and Kaitlyn Hubbard, and these kids each received a ribbon and a gold dollar.
This year’s judges and classifiers did an excellent job, along with the superintendents who supervised each activity. Office staff, along with Youth Council secretary Keitha Johnson, worked non-stop on computer entry in preparation for Saturday’s Sale. Sandwiches for judges, workers and volunteers were provided by Keitha Johnson. Suree Birck donated her time to copy hundreds of Sale Programs.
Exhibitors completed the show and began work cleaning up and readying the barn for Saturday’s sale. Volunteers stayed late Friday night lending their muscle to create the setup for Saturday’s sale.
Entries for the Salsa contest arrived Saturday morning and judging began at 11:30. The 2013 Best Blanco County Salsa Maker was announced at the end of the sale and the winner, Alvin Lopez, was presented with the engraved BBQ set. The winning jar was auctioned as the final sale unit and raised $7250 for the Blanco County Youth Council Scholarship!
The hospitality room for Saturday’s sale was organized by Suree Birck.
The Blanco County Battered Men’s Shelter sponsored the complimentary buyer’s lunch and S&T Ranch Services sponsored the buyer’s evening meal. Paul & Tammie Marrs, Melvin & Margie Sultemeier, Frank & Brenda Haynes, Anson Haynes, and Manny Sasko, as always, did a tremendous job preparing the meals.
Nela Guinn and Corey Brotzman organized the buyer registration table. Katie Baker and Martha Danz did a great job of taking care of buyer cards for the kids, and assisting the Auctioneer.
Auctioneer Charles Jones, Jr., along with ring assistants, Randy Sultemeier, Doug Smith, Todd Swift and Kip Thompson, kept the 7+ hour sale fun and entertaining. The sale generated $341,950 and buyers added $81,066 for a total of $423,016 for the county’s youth, including the add-ons made by the Blanco County Wild Game Dinner (Sale Committee). This year’s sale was an amazing record-breaking year; the community was well-represented and their support is, as always, greatly appreciated. If you were unable to make it to the sale and would still like to contribute to the Scholarship Fund or to general show costs, you may call Keitha Johnson at 830-833-4138 or send an e-mail to BCYC78@gmail.com.
The top 5 Business / Group Buyers were Tech Con Trenching, South Texas Friends, Hye (PMI) Metropolitan Buyers Group, PMI Pipe & Steel, and Ronnie’s Cash Group. The top 5 Individual Buyers were Mr. and Mrs. Gray, Monica McCormick, Manny & Tina Sasko, David O’Bannon, and Aaron Clay Cauble.
From start to finish, the Blanco County Youth Show is such a successful event because of many, many volunteers and generous contributors.
The Blanco County Youth Council invites all members and other interested persons to attend the Annual Meeting, scheduled for 7pm on March 27, 2013 at the Blanco County Show Barn in Johnson City. This is the annual meeting where items may be brought before the Board of Directors for consideration of a rule or policy change. Other suggestions for improvement of the Youth Show will also be discussed. In addition, Director positions whose terms are expiring will be up for election. Nominations to fill these positions will be made from the Nominating Committee and will also be accepted from the floor. Directors who are elected must be current paid members of the Youth Council. Also, in order to vote at the annual meeting you must be a current paid member. “Dues for membership in the council shall be $5.00 per person per year ($30 per person, $50 per couple, for lifetime membership). This membership fee is due seven days prior to the annual meeting (3/20/2013).” Please contact Keitha Johnson at 833-4138 or e-mail to for more information.