By Alayna Anderson – Staff Reporter
The Smith County Youth Expo is a county livestock show that is put on for third through 12th-grade students that are in 4-H and FFA in Smith County.
The county show is a way for local 4-H and FFA programs to raise money for their programs.. The funds will be going to the generosity of businesses and individuals who helps provide necessary bonus donations and college funds for students. As a result of that the county show has given over eighty-five scholarships to graduating seniors since 2008.
“The importance of this all would be to the students, they will learn valuable life-long skills like
responsibility, time management, leadership, humility, sportsmanship, critical thinking and problem solving,” high school agriculture teacher Jamie Dildine said.
The county show shows students that if they’re taking this all serious they need to understand they need to be really into this. It takes dedication for people to be in such a caring and responsible organization.
Moreover, what is this? And what happens? The Smith County Expo is where students compete market steers, barrows (pigs), broilers (chickens), goats, lambs, rabbits, heifers and various shop projects.The way to be involved in the youth expo to participate in your school’s FFA or 4-H programs.
This year’s youth expo was held on Feb. 10 through Feb. 12 at Bullard High School.
According to the Smith County Youth Expo website, participants in each category work with their animal to meet high-scoring expectations from local judges and experts. They also carefully analyze students’ animals and measure them against a standard that is commonly accepted as being ideal.
This year’s county show winners from Bullard High are as follows: Market Lamb Show are Karlie Lowe (Grand Champion, Senior Showmanship), Avery Clayton (Reserve Grand Champion) and Chayton McCurley ( Junior Showmanship).
From the Market Barrow Show are Landyn Kidd (Grand & Reserve Champion), Karlie Lowe (Sr. Showmanship Champion); Rabbit Show – Jacey Hill (Reserve Grand Champion); Market Steer Show – Cadence Ellis (Grand Champion Heifer) and Brendon Brown (Junior Showmanship). Lastly, the Vet Science Virtual Contest winner from Bullard High was Savanna Boudreaux.