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Youth fair offers way to shine

The Denton County Livestock Association Youth Fair and Rodeo is now in its 38th year, and a lot has changed in the event’s long and colorful history.

The youth fair and rodeo has grown from a two-day fair to a weeklong event at the North Texas State Fairgrounds, and as always, there will be plenty to see and do for all ages at this year’s fair, which runs through Saturday.

But that sentence really doesn’t do justice to the youth fair and rodeo — visitors will find an exciting array of activities to choose from no matter when they decide to drop by, and variety is the name of the game.

A quick glance at the schedule will show a public speaking contest, a tractor driving contest, a pageant, a barbecue, one of the most exciting rodeos in the area and much more.

But we don’t want to give you wrong idea — the youth fair and rodeo packs in plenty of fun and excitement, but there’s much more to recommend this annual event.

Unlike most fairs you’ll find, this one focuses on youth projects. The Denton County Livestock Association Youth Fair and Rodeo is one of the most competitive youth fairs in the state, and the kids involved gain many valuable life skills and values that will serve them well throughout their lives.

These young people are as dedicated as any you’ll find anywhere — they put in a lot of long hours and make many sacrifices, and along the way, they learn about hard work, the value of a dollar, how to cooperate with others and — one of the most important lessons of all — that winning isn’t everything.

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 many more activities.

The participants take a lot of pride in what they do, and the fair gives them a chance to shine. They put in a lot of hours to learn and practice, but much of that time is spent out of the public eye — the youth fair and rodeo provides an opportunity for them to put their projects and skills on display for family, friends and neighbors.

Share in their pride by attending this year’s fair and rodeo. It’s a great way to show you care, and we can guarantee that watching and meeting these young people will be one of the most enjoyable things you do all year.

The fair not only offers plenty of enjoyment and family fun, celebrates tradition and provides many educational experiences and life lessons for young people, but it serves other practical purposes, as well. 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.

We could go on, but we think you get the idea. The annual youth fair and rodeo is well worth a visit — or several.

Why not be a part of the long-standing tradition that is the Denton County Livestock Association Youth Fair and Rodeo? A full list of events can be found at