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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 15, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas Wednesday March HeraldZeitung 8A Youth Livestock Show 27th Annual Comal County Junior On Saturday March two Hereford calves that had been raised by 4H Club members of Comal County were auctioned off at the Main Plaza in New Braunfels set ting a precedent for the annual Comal County Junior Stock Show Leroy Soechting sold his 880lb calf for and Ezra Beierles 740lb calf went for Both were bought by Eiband Fischer The following year increased interest led to a Fat Stock Show and Auction which took place on Jan 25 and featured 21 cattle along with divisions for lambs swine and poultry On Feb 28 1948 hundreds of spectators crowded the plaza to participate in or observe what was now called the Annual 4H Club Livestock Show and Cattlemen from all over the county and surrounding counties came to watch the judging and join in the bidding at the afternoon auction To set up such an event panels were moved from the fairgrounds to the plaza and twoby fours were tied up to the hitching posts to block off all traffic Prime beef raised by 4H Club members brought thousands of dollars from local and other buyers Crowds surged through the downtown area and around th6 plaza from early that Saturday until late in the afternoon when the auction was concluded Dominating the scene were boys and girls of all ages strolling around in bright shirts jeans and boots Stock judging began around with the hot sun forcing spectators and judges to remove their coats Bids on stock as they were put up for auction were boosted by the chantings and pleadings heaped on buyers by Auctioneer Henry Silver Bids were called and raised in rapid succession as Henry and his spotters today called ring men caught bidding signals from buyers in the crowd surrounding the auction ring Spe cial mention was given that year to Martcha only girl with an entry in the displayed a lamb that won 9th place That year the first place calf brought for a total of and was pur chased by Dittlinger Roller Mills The first place lamb brought for a total of purchased by Eiband Fischer Dittlinger Roller Mills also purchased the first place swine for for a total of and the first place capon for a pound for a total of Monetary prizes were also given for other placements The 4H F Livestock Shows continued through the 1950s with an increase in the number of participants including the 41 boys and 4 girls exhibiting on March 4 1950 The last year for stock sales was 1951 From 1952 through 1958 there were county shows held at the fairgrounds but no auctions From 1959 through 1967 the County Youth Shows were held in January with ribbons given as prizes iand very little premium money coming from the Community Fund some funds are still received today from this All ani mals shown during these years were taken back home or sold on the open market In 1968 a small group of interested per sons organized the Livestock Auction Com imittee to sponsor and supervise the sale of market animals from the Comal County Youth Show Fiftyseven exhibitors sold 85 animals that first year The committee which consisted of the late Tex Ritter Jimmy Rhein laender and agriculture teachers Tommy Zipp James Stolte and Leroy Goodson con ceived and initiated a unique method of redis tributing the proceeds from the sale so that each child received an amount based on the quality of his or her animal not necessarily the amount bid at the sale This method known as the point is still in use today The Livestock Auction Committee eventu ally became the Comal County Junior Live 1 stock Show Association This association now sponsors and supervises the annual Comal County Junior Livestock Show and Sale Approximately 400 exhibitors show close to 700 entries of breeding and market The exhibitors are members of I Comal County 4H Clubs and FFA Chapters from New Braunfels Canyon and Smithson I Valley High Schools Each youngster is j allowed to sell one market animal through the auction and sale provided that animal is of show quality The 27th Annual Coma County Junior Livestock Sale and Auction wiil be held on March18 Schneider grooms his lamb at the 1969 show Norbert Wenzel shows off his first place steer at the 1948 Comal County 4H Fat Stock Show Sale will begin it to be followed by the auction aiwl sale beginning at The Comal County Junior Livesioclf Show buyers and supporters and a special invitation is extended to all firsttime buyers This years sale and auction This years sale and auction will be held on Saturday March with the Buyers Reception at fol lowed by the auction beginning at The show this year will have almost 400 of our countys County 4H members and FFA mem bers from New Braunfels Canyon and Smithson Valley High Schools exhibiting and selling their lambs bar rows steers rabbits and poultry With this amount we are going to need your help more than ever It is going to take a countywide effort to ensure a successful year for these hardworking 4H and FFA youth and they are counting on you We want to welcome back all past buyers and supporters of the Comal County Junior Livestock Show and Auction and a special invitation is extended to any new buyers to come buy and support our youth If you or any individual or business you know of would be interested in buying or donating at this years sale or if you need more information on how much it costs to buy please contact one of the following Terrell Seeger Presi dent CCJLSA 2106257338 ext 221 or 2104387946 Kenneth Fey Vice President CCJLSA 19 Harold Voges Secretary CCJLSA 210 6258922 Buyers welcome The Association always needs and wel comes new buyers Perhaps some are reluctant to participate because they do not understand the procedures involved The following information is provided to famil iarize potential buyers with the Associa tion and its policies The Stock Show and Sale is held each year as an opportunity for 4H members of Comal County and FFA members of the three local high schools to exhibit and sell their livestock projects The sale money is redistributed to the exhibitors through the point system Ten percent of the premium money the amount above the floor price value is retained by the Association for operating expenses The rest is returned to the exhibitors each one receiving an amount based on the award his entry earned in the show The exhibitor also receives the floor price value of his animal Floor price is the fair market value established by sealed bids submitted by packers livestock brokers or individu als and awarded by the sales committee prior to the sale This means that anyone purchasing an animal in the auction sale may resell the animal if he so chooses to the floor buyer and pay only the premium amount of the bid A member of the Association can take your donation or pledge and pur chase an animal for you as you indicate on the pledge form You do not have to be present to be a buyer You can be a buyer by joining in with many other supporters who form groups that purchase an animal or animals togeth Please see SHOW Page 9A
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