New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 15, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
Youth Livestock Show27th Annual Comal County Junior
On Saturday, March 2, 1946, two Hereford calves that had been raised by 4-H Club members of Comal County were auctioned off at the Main Plaza in New Braunfels, setting a precedent for the annual Comal County Junior Stock Show. Leroy Soechting sold his 880-lb. calf for 420/lb. and Ezra Beierle’s 740-lb. calf went for 340/lb. 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 4-H Club Livestock Show and Auction.” 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 two-by-fours were tied up to the hitching posts to block off all traffic.
Prime beef raised by 4-H Club members brought thousands of dollars from local and other buyers. Crowds surged through the downtown area and around the 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 9:00 a m. 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. Special mention was given that year to Martcha Timmermann—the only girl with an entry in the show—who displayed a lamb that won 9th place.
That year, the first place calf brought SLI 0/lb. for a total of $ 1,001 and was purchased by Dittlinger Roller Mills. The first place lamb brought 590/lb for a total of $73.75, purchased by Eiband Fischer.
Dittlinger Roller Mills also purchased the first place swine for 370/lb. for a total of $100.65 and the first place capon for $3.05 a pound for a total of $31.26. Monetary prizes were also given for other placements.
The 4-H 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 and very little premium money coming from the Community Fund (some funds are still received today from this association). AII animals show n during these years were taken back home or sold on the open market.
In 1968, a small group of interested persons organized the Livestock Auction Committee to sponsor and supervise the sale of market animals from the Comal County Youth Show Fifty-seven 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, conceived and initiated a unique method of redistributing 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 system,” is still in use today.
The Livestock Auction Committee eventually became the Comal County Junior Livestock 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 animals. The exhibitors are members of Comal County 4-H Clubs, and FFA Chapters from New Braunfels, Canyon and Smithson Valley High Schools Each youngster is allowed to sell one market animal through the auction and sale, provided that animal is of show quality.
The 27th Annual Comal County Junior Livestock Sale and Auction will be held on Saturday, March 18,1995 at the Comal County Fairgrounds. A Buyers Reception will begin at 11:30 a m. to be followed by the auction and sale beginning at I OO p m
The Comal County Junior Livestock Show Association, Inc., welcomes back all past
T.K. Schneider grooms his lamb at the 1969 show. !
Norton Wenzel shows off his first place steer at the 1948 Comal County 4-H Fat Stock Show & Sale.
buyers and supporters, and a special invitation is extended to all first-time buyers
This year’s sale and auction
This year’s sale and auction will be held on Saturday, March 18, 1995 with the Buyers’ Reception at 11 30 a rn followed by the auction, beginning at I OO p.m.
The show this year will have almost 400 of our county’s youth -Comal County 4-H members, and FFA members from New Braunfels, Canyon and Smithson Valley High Schools exhibiting and selling their lambs, barrows, 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 hard-working 4-H 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.
lf you, or any individual or business you know of, would be interested in buying or donating at this year’s sale, or if you need more information on how much it costs to buy, please contact one of the following: Terrell Seeger, President, CCJLSA, 210-625-7338 ext 221 or 210-438-7946, Kenneth Fey, Vice President, CCJLS A, 210-609-3119; Harold Voges, Secretary, CCJLS A, 210-625-8922.Buyers welcome!
The Association always needs and welcomes new buyers Perhaps some are reluctant to participate because they do inn understand the procedures involved The following information is provided to familiarize potential buyers with the Association and its policies.
* The Stock Show and Sale is field each year as an opportunity for 4-11 members of Comal County and FFA members of the three local high schools to exhibit and sell their livestock projects.
* The sale money is re-distributed 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
tile show 'I he 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 individuals, 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 st) 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 purchase 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 hi with many other supporters who form groups that purchase an animal or animals togeth-
Please see SHOW, Page 9A