The Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity hosted the Fall Spectacular Stock Show this weekend at the Tarleton agriculture farm. More than 100 exhibitors from across the state displayed cattle in the Texas Junior Livestock Association sanctioned show with two rings and double the points.
Dean of the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Don Cawthon welcomed participants and their families to campus.
"This is a great opportunity for young people to come to campus, see our facilities and meet our students," said Cawthon.
FFA and 4-H members displayed steers and heifers competing for the champion prize and earned points from TJLA. TJLA awards points for placing in sanctioned shows and recognizes point-leaders each year.
Exhibitors like Dustin Cooper from Wills Point use shows like this to prepare for major shows such as the Fort Worth, San Antonio and Houston livestock shows.
"This gives me the opportunity to get experience for both me and my heifer before we go to the majors," said Cooper.
Rick Hirsch, an extension agent for Henderson County, and Bart Stover, of Stover Cattle Company in Binger, Okla, judged the two-ring show.
Since its inception in 1999, the agricultural fraternity has awarded more than $50,000 in cash and prizes to Texas youth exhibitors.
Stock show chairman Stephen Roop explained that many groups hold stock shows as fundraisers.
"That's not the case for us, all proceeds from entries and sponsorships are given back to exhibitors in prizes," Roop said.
The event continues at 9 a.m. today with the steer show.
"We're very proud of our Alpha Gamma Rho chapter and what they do throughout the year," Cawthon said.