The 16th Annual Runnels County Junior Livestock Show will be held on January 12-14 at the Ballinger Community Center with over 130 4-H and FFA members from across the county participating. The event is sponsored by the Runnels County Junior Livestock Association and many local businesses, organizations and individuals.

The 16th Annual Runnels County Junior Livestock Show will be held on January 12-14 at the Ballinger Community Center with over 130 4-H and FFA members from across the county participating.  The event is sponsored by the Runnels County Junior Livestock Association and many local businesses, organizations and individuals.

“I have no doubt that the show will run smoothly this year,” said RCJLA President Cecil Kalina said. “Thanks to all the volunteers and everyone who help run this, it is a very family friendly event."

The show will feature approximately 400 livestock projects from youth participating in the 4-H and FFA programs in Ballinger, Miles, and Winters school districts.

 "It is very competitive," Kalina said. 

All  livestock will arrive at the Community Center from 1-6 p.m. Thursday, and weigh in will be from 5 – 7 p.m.  The shows will begin  at 9 a.m.  Friday morning, beginning with the swine show

 The Friday noon meal which consists of hamburgers and all the fixings, provided by the Ballinger Young Farmers.  After lunch, the show will resume with the rabbit show followed by the meat goat show Friday afternoon. 

 The sheep show gets underway at 8 a.m. Saturday, followed by lambs, breeding and showmanship categories. The cattle show is next which will feature heifers and steers followed by the showmanship competition.

Organizers say the show will be just as big if not bigger than last year's show.

 "The quality of the animals will be just as high as it always is," said Jason Battle, treasurer of the RCJLA.

 The Runnels County Premium Sale gets underway at 2 p.m. Saturday, and gives every one of the youth the opportunity to sell a project. The Premium Sale is the largest single event in Runnels County that supports youth projects and helps 4-H and FFA members earn scholarship funds and funds for future projects. All funds generated in the premium sale go to the 4-H and FFA youth.

 “Last year approximately $90,000 was awarded to the participants in the show during the Premium Sale,” Kalina said.

 A noon buyers meal will be held in the community center for all sponsors, contributors and buyers.  Local and area businesses are invited to attend the premium sale and help support the youth of Runnels County. 

 The Runnels County Junior Livestock Association is overseen by a 12 member board, with members from throughout Runnels County who work together to put the annual event together. 

There are four members from Ballinger and Rowena including Curt Skelton, Jason Battle, Janette Dankworth and Caroline Toliver. Members from Winters include Bill Belew, Bill Bredemeyer, Michael Woodall and Sammie Edwards and Miles members include Kalina, Wade Halfmann, David Estevez and Dusty Allen. 

Kalina said that the local agriculture teachers and extension agents also play a big role in the success of the show. That includes Cody Peterson and Tyler Frye from Ballinger High School, Hannah Franklin from Winters High School, Glenn Heard from Miles High School and Runnels County Extension Agent Garrett Cline. 

"We can't thank everyone enough," Kalina said. 

The Runnels County Junior Livestock Show Association invites everyone to come out and support the youth of Runnels County.  Concessions and meals are available during the show.  For more information, contact the Runnels County Extension office at (325)365-2219.