The Denton County Livestock Association Youth Fair and Rodeo begins Monday and continues through Saturday with a schedule of events that includes a public speaking contest, a tractor driving competition and a pageant.
This year marks the 38th anniversary of the youth fair and rodeo, which has grown from a two-day fair to a weeklong event at the North Texas State Fairgrounds.
According to officials, the fair is designed to promote the breeding, improvement and sale of purebred and commercial livestock and to encourage producers to raise the highest quality of livestock.
The weeklong event is also a way for producers to exchange information and ideas about their products.
A horse show, which will be held at Diamond T Arena, will kick off the festival Monday morning.
According to fair officials, between 700 and 800 young people from across Denton County are expected to participate in this year’s fair.
Students will compete in livestock shows, horse events and contests in showmanship, public speaking, mechanics, home economics and tractor driving.
The fair ends Saturday with the presentation of awards and auctions.
The Livestock Association and the Blue Ribbon Club will award scholarships to graduating senior participants of the Youth Fair and Rodeo.
Scholarships are donated by individuals and families. Some scholarships are given in honor of Denton County residents who have been active in the agricultural activities in years past.
A full list of events can be found at http://dclayf.net .
DENTON COUNTY LIVESTOCK ASSOCIATION YOUTH FAIR AND RODEO
• When: Monday through Saturday
• Where: Most events are at the North Texas State Fairgrounds, 2217 N. Carroll Blvd. Monday’s horse show will be at Diamond T Arena, 6900 E. Sherman Drive.
• Details: For a full schedule and more information, visit http://dclayf.net
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
9 a.m. — Horse show at Diamond T Arena
7 p.m. — Queen and Princess Dinner and scholarship presentation, Exhibit Hall, North Texas State Fairgrounds
9 a.m. to noon — Market rabbit show, followed by breeding rabbit show, West Wing
1 p.m. — Breeding goat show followed by market goat show, Show Arena
5 p.m. — Public speaking contest
11:30 a.m. — Tractor driving contest, south of Rodeo Arena
2 p.m. — Breeding lamb show followed by market lambs, Show Arena
11 a.m. — Market broiler show
2 p.m. — Breeding swine show followed by market swine show
3 p.m. — Exhibit Building open for viewing of home economics, environmental science and horticulture entries
4 p.m. — Shop project judging, asphalt area by stage
4 p.m. — Queen and princess personality contest, Fair Hall
6 p.m. — Queen and princess beauty contest, Show Arena
9 a.m. — Steer judging followed by prospect steer judging followed by breeding beef judging, Show Arena
3:30 p.m. — Livestock judging contest
11 a.m. — Buyers’ barbecue
12:15 p.m. — Presentation of special awards
12:30 p.m. — Sale of market animals and baked goods
7 p.m. — DCLA Youth Fair Rodeo
Here are the candidates for this year’s queen and princess competitions at the Denton County Livestock Association Youth Fair, which begins Monday.
Hannah Bradshaw, Argyle 4H
Lilah Kleinkauf, Silver Saddle 4H
Morgan Johnson, Krum FFA
Aspyn McCord, Pilot Point 4H
Dylan Hefner, Marcus FFA
Kathy Modrow, Ryan FFA
Rachel Wheeler, Lewisville FFA
Roper Wilkinson, Silver Saddle 4H