The 39th Denton County Livestock Association Youth Fair and Rodeo will kick off Saturday at the North Texas Fairgrounds.
The fair, which continues through March 29, will include more than 700 entries in various categories including breeding animals, market animals, tractor driving, public speaking and home economics from Denton County youths ages 8 to 18.
“It’s like the Fort Worth Stock Show except on a lower scale,” said Suzanne Fulton, the show’s superintendent. “The county show is not anything to brush off or take lightly.”
Students from all over the county will come to present animals they’ve raised and participate in other competitions on a local stage. Among the animals being shown are goats, rabbits, lambs, pigs, chicken and cattle.
Not all of the youths participate at major events across the state, and because of the economy there’s been a renewed interest in participation in the local show, Fulton said.
The field is competitive, she said, and everyone is serious about what they’re doing.
“The students are enthusiastic. They’re well-mannered. They take pride in what they’re doing,” Fulton said. “What they do is important to them. This is this kid’s sport. It’s not so much what you can do individually but what you can do as a team with your animal.”
The fair will kick off with a horse show at 9 a.m. Saturday at the fairgrounds in Denton. Fulton said that in the event of rain, the show will be made up at a later date or moved to a covered arena.
The fair concludes March 29 with the rodeo and awards presentation, which begins at 7 p.m. Because of the number of participants in this year’s rodeo, some contenders will compete on the Friday prior to the actual rodeo, Fulton said.
Before the rodeo begins on March 29, the Denton County Livestock Association Youth Fair and Rodeo Queen and Princess contestants will be introduced. Trophy buckles will be awarded at the close of the rodeo when other awards are announced.
Five contestants between ages 14 and 18 are vying for the queen title, and three girls between ages 9 and 13 are contending for the princess honor.
The contestants will be judged on a 13-point scale in five categories: personality interview, presentation, appearance, most photogenic and ticket sales.
Queen contestants are Catherine Arndt of Silver Saddle 4-H, Maycee Rider of Pilot Point FFA, Charlee Cope of Krum FFA, Sabrina Adkins of Ryan FFA and Madison Doyle of Argyle 4-H.
This year’s princess contestants are Abigail Flippin of Argyle 4-H, Katy Barrett of Lonestar 4-H and Jade Allen of Silver Saddle 4-H.
For more information on the Denton County Livestock Association Youth Fair and Rodeo, visit www.dclayf.net.
BRITNEY TABOR can be reached at 940-566-6876 and via Twitter at @BritneyTabor.