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Lee County Jr. Livestock Show This Week


Many of Lexington’s youth have already been busy showing animals at various venues across the state. Pictured above, Madison Bexley, a member of Lexington FFA, is seen with the Grand Champion Red Angus Steer from this year’s Houston Livestock Show. Two years ago, she won the Reserve Champion Red Angus in Houston. The highlight for her in Houston this year was that she was one of 16 invited to be a part of the Walk of Champions last Friday night, chosen from over 1,700 participants in this year’s event. You’ll see her this week at the Lee County Jr. Livestock Show with a different steer and a hog. Madison is the daughter of Keith and Cindy Bexley. Many of Lexington’s youth have already been busy showing animals at various venues across the state. Pictured above, Madison Bexley, a member of Lexington FFA, is seen with the Grand Champion Red Angus Steer from this year’s Houston Livestock Show. Two years ago, she won the Reserve Champion Red Angus in Houston. The highlight for her in Houston this year was that she was one of 16 invited to be a part of the Walk of Champions last Friday night, chosen from over 1,700 participants in this year’s event. You’ll see her this week at the Lee County Jr. Livestock Show with a different steer and a hog. Madison is the daughter of Keith and Cindy Bexley. The 40th Annual Lee County Junior Livestock Show opens this week and dedicates this show to John Smith, a retired Giddings Agriculture Science teacher, rancher, civic leader and active participant in this annual event, which he was instrumental in establishing in 1973.

Animal exhibits will all be in the Livestock Barn for weighing on Wednesday, and judging will begin on Thursday. Judging will continue through Friday and the event will culminate on Saturday after the Sale, which will start at 1:30 p.m.

Saturday will start with the Pee Wee Swine Showmanship event, which starts at 8:30 a.m., followed by the Buyer’s Get-Together at 11:30. The release of the Breeding Show for Rabbits and Heifers will be held at 1 p.m. Then, at 1:30 the Sale will begin and continue until all categories have been auctioned.

Last year’s sale raised $417,124, which beat the 2010 sale by almost $62,000. Lexington exhibitor Caroline Heller, daughter of Russell and Shannon Heller and the granddaughter of Charles and Sharon Heller and Doug and Susie Freeman, all from Lexington, had the Grand Champion Steer, which sold for $12,000. Caroline, along with many students from Lexington, is expected to show at least two animals again this year, including a Market Steer and a Market Swine.

This year’s show will feature approximately 342 entries. This is promising to be a great show and the public is encouraged to attend. The event will be held at the Lee County Show Barn, adjacent to the Sheriff ’s Posse Arena, on Highway 290 West of Giddings.

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